Super-simple connectivity with DOPU

Our operations team is in the final stages of releasing one of my favorite new HealthVault features to the production systems. “Drop-off / Pick-up” (DOPU for short) is live in the partner environment now and will be ready for public consumption next week. The idea behind DOPU is that sometimes it’s just not necessary or…

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DOPU Sample Parameters

Each parameter should appear as name=value. If there are any spaces in the value, put quotation marks around the whole thing, as in “name=value with spaces”. Parameter Sample Description appid 48621cd4-b9d1-4bb6-aa2f-d2d859e21eb6 The clinical system’s application identifier. The sample can be used in our partner environment, but you’ll need to create your own appid when you…

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Again with the Standards Thing

David Cerino (General Manager for HealthVault) told me a funny story the other day. He was on a panel at the (very cool, I was told) Healthcare Unbound conference with folks from Dossia and Google, and the conversation turned, as it often does, to “standards.” Jerry Lin spoke to the decision to use a modified…

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HealthVault and Identity Choice

My plan had been to blog about this when the feature goes live later in the week. But there’s been some online discussion already, and I’m sitting here at the horse show in waiting mode anyway, so it seems like now is as good a time as any to join the conversation. The deal is…

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25 Tubs of Crisco

Today is the first day of our 2008 HealthVault Solutions Conference. I am pretty lucky at these things … Our partner and business teams carry the brunt of the load and, except for a presentation tomorrow and a few Q&A sessions, I just get to sit here in the back corner of the ballroom and…

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Nice Problems to Have

A couple of days ago, we announced that we’ve expanded the size of the Be Well fund to $4.5 Million … a 50% increase over what we had planned. We received almost 200 entries, making Be Well one of the most successful programs in Microsoft Research history. Too cool! Be Well is a search for…


Get Educated!

I realized the other day that I haven’t ever focused much on our search application here. But Live Search Health is a super-important part of the HealthVault ecosystem — and something we’ve spent a bunch of time working on. It’s inescapable that pretty much everything online starts with search today. The same goes for health…


HIPAA-potamus

In one of those classic if I had a nickel things … you have no idea how many times I get asked if HealthVault is “covered” under HIPAA. The short answer to that question is, very simply, NO. HealthVault is neither a covered entity or business associate as defined by HIPAA. But the more complete…

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King of the Road

My Dad was a big runner for most of his adult life. When I was pretty small, I stood at the Boston Marathon finish line watching him come into sight — he had this wobbly-armed gait that was unmistakable even from a huge distance. These days his knees keep him from running, so he’s just…

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Totally Wicked

Having lived away from Boston now for about twenty years, I’ve slowly lost most of my Boston habits. I signal when I change lanes, and even caught myself calling Fluff “marshmallow creme” the other day. But the one thing I’ve never shaken is an affinity for the word “wicked” … too often used in the…