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Health Datapalooza 2014

Health Datapalooza 2014 was a rousing success, once again bringing together a diverse audience to celebrate open health data. I was thrilled to be a judge for the apps that presented at the meeting, and impressed with the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of June 2014

With evenings lit by the amber hues of the June Honey Moon, we diligently worked on bees, hives, and honey over Father’s Day weekend.At the beginning of the weekend, we had 11 hives, but with the transfer of queen cells to prevent swarming...Show More Summary

Addressing disparities from the heart

April is National Minority Health Month, this year with the theme of “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.” Transforming our nation’s health care system needs deliberate and diligent work in addressing health inequity and disparities that persist among populations. Show More Summary

Google Glass - the Details

I’m now able to publicly write about the work that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been doing with stealthy start up, Wearable Intelligence. We’ve been working over the past 4 months on pilots that I believe will improve the...Show More Summary

OpenNotes, changing roles in health IT and a Friday, um, funny

I’ve just had two new stories published on the US News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow site: “OpenNotes Helps Keep Patients Informed and Engaged” and “The Evolution of Health IT Continues.” The latter is subtitled, “New roles signal...Show More Summary

The Blue Button Movement: Kicking off National Health IT Week with Consumer Engagement

Next week the Department of Health & Human Services – and ONC – is helping to kick off National Health IT Week (#NHIT) with the third annual Consumer Health IT Summit: Accelerating the Blue Button Movement. Registration is full, but you can sign up for the wait list or participate virtually online. This year’s National [...]Show More Summary

The Era of Epic

In the Boston marketplace, Partners Healthcare is is replacing 30 years of self developed software with Epic. Boston Medical Center is replacing Eclipsys (Allscripts) with Epic. Lahey Clinic is replacing Meditech/Allscripts with Epic. Show More Summary

A Week in DC: Health Datapalooza and Medcity ENGAGE

After four years, it would appear that Health Datapalooza is hitting it’s stride – and starting to follow the same format as every other health innovation conference. This year, peak attendance was around 2000 ‘health data enthusiasts,’ a massive increase … Continue reading ?

OK, Now This Is Really, Really Silly. A PCEHR Song?!?

This appeared last week. The PCEHR song Published on May 13, 2013 The PCEHR song from GP The Musical performed at Gasworks April 2013 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Written by Gerard Ingham and Genevieve Yates This...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm - Managing the Farm in Our Absence

Paul Harvey wonderfully captured the responsibilities of being a farmer. Just like being a CIO, being a farmer is not a job but a lifestyle.When I called my wife and daughter in the hours after my father's death last week, we had toShow More Summary

Misfit Wearables gets some ‘Jeopardy!’ love

Misfit Shine, the first product from Sonny Vu’s Misfit Wearables, was part of a clue on a recent episode of “Jeopardy!” The reference is at just before the 9:00 mark of this video. Jeopardy! (Season 29.23-5) – Jason, Keith… by R38102 A...Show More Summary

Guest Article: How to test health IT interoperability

One of the key tenets of both the HITECH and Affordable Care Acts has been to drive improved patient care and reduction in cost by applying technology across all healthcare entities. A bigger challenge is how do to make multiple technology purchases interoperate within a provider network and / or across provider networks.  There are [...]

Building Unity Farm - Planning for Mushroom Cultivation

In a few weeks, my wife and I will be taking down approximately 30 poplars which are growing near the house and barn. Poplars grow to 75 feet and these trees are within 50 feet of structures. We've lost many poplars in recent storms because the wood is soft and the roots are shallow. Show More Summary

Cool Technology of the Week

My daughter and one of my blog followers recently told me about a Japanese cultural phenomena that is truly a cool technology.One of the hottest concert pop stars in Japan is an anime hologram with a vocal synthesizer. Meet Hatsune Miku...Show More Summary

Health Wonk Review: October Surprise edition

The newest installment of Health Wonk Review is up, courtesy of David Williams at the Health Business Blog, and my recent post about politicians perpetuating the myth that the U.S. has the “best healthcare in the world” is featured prominently. Show More Summary

Cool Technology of the Week

Last week I joined several industry experts to discuss the future of Big Data, Analytics, and Healthcare IT in general with a moderator from Intel.Here's a preview clip on You Tube.If you'd like to register to view the entire discussion,...Show More Summary

Engaging Patients Early: The “VDT Now” Twitter Pledge

Last week, ONC kicked off National Health IT Week with the Consumer Health IT Summit, a celebration of progress in consumer engagement through health IT, and an opportunity to catalyze yet more action among stakeholders such as patients, providers, payers, IT developers, consumer advocacy organizations, and electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the near future.  [...]

How Electronic Health Records Make a Difference in My Health and Health Care

Graduating from UCLA was an accomplishment for me and my family. My Mamá and I emigrated from El Salvador to Los Angeles when I was five years old. Not only did my Mamá raise me, but she helped me pay for college by working as a housekeeper for Marion Ross, the actress who played Mrs. [...]

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