Secretary Leavitt’s Last Word

This is a weird time between US administrations. Senator Daschle is shopping for new hand towels for the Humphrey Building, and Secretary Leavitt is packing up his banker’s box. It’s a time when we get a lot of last-minute attempts to squeeze in that one last bit of policy – often rushed and poorly thought…

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Tryptophan-induced thoughts for Thanksgiving

“Careful how you sell her – she really believes this stuff.” This is how I was prepped to interview one of our first candidates for Health Solutions, back in the early days of 2006. “She” has gone on to be one of the biggest contributors to HealthVault’s success, and I am curious to know if…

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Watch out for the black helicopters…

OK, let’s just get this over with once and for all. Why haven’t we joined Continua? And why did we move forward with a device strategy for HealthVault if we (raise one eyebrow here) aren’t out to corner the world market on peak flow meters? Pardon the sarcasm, but jeez, give me a break. HealthVault…

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Awkward Turtle…

It’s been a classic good/bad day. On the good side — we announced our relationship with Aetna, which is awesome and a big win for consumers. The American Heart Association also launched their new Heart360 application today, which is a huge step up from their original blood pressure app. And it’s actually a beautiful, sunny…

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Why Consumer Control Really Matters

As HealthVault has begun to penetrate into the mainstream clinical arena, the idea of consumer control is beginning to sink in with folks for whom it was really just an abstract idea before. Frankly, it makes many in our industry a touch uncomfortable – because until now health has been a paternalistic enterprise, and consumer…

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Start to finish: The HealthVault Nickel Tour

A couple of weeks ago now we shipped a bunch of new HealthVault stuff — in particular, we’ve significantly enhanced the tools available directly on healthvault.com. We had a bunch of our best designers rework the site’s content, styling and navigation, and added editing and graphing capability for a set of core data types. This…

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The HealthVault Nickel Tour

A couple of weeks ago now we shipped a bunch of new HealthVault stuff — in particular, we’ve significantly enhanced the tools available directly on healthvault.com. We had a bunch of our best designers rework the site’s content, styling and navigation, and added editing and graphing capability for a set of core data types. This…

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Things are Pretty OK

I’ve been having an email discussion this weekend with some folks on the team about what “success” looks like for HealthVault … kind of like those freshman-year-of-college things where you stay up all night and have pretentious debates about the impacts of Keynesian economics on individual property rights. I love a good email soapbox, as…

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Anybody want to build a fun app?

This morning in the shower, I was trying to think up with new ways to motivate folks to do little things to increase the amount of physical activity in their daily lives. As anybody who reads this blog knows, I am in love with RouteTracker, and credit my “castle-to-castle” virtual trip (current location: Cloverleaf, Texas;…

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Comparative Analysis with Respect to the Comparative Analysis

The good folks at Project HealthDesign just published a pretty comprehensive analysis of the state of the art in personal health record technology. There’s a lot of information in the report, and despite having a truly hilariously long title at twenty-two words, most of it is quite well done. However, there are a few points, at…

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