Direct and DNS – systems design is hard (let’s go shopping!)

I’ve designed quite a few software systems in my career, and there’s an interesting dynamic that happens every time. We’re there with the Direct Project now, and I’m pretty confident the only thing that will get us beyond it is real live projects successfully exchanging messages (which should start early next year — HealthVault users…

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Patient Linking with the Tigers

Spent the day here in DC participating in the HITPC Privacy & Security “Tiger Team” (why is it that every time I try to write HITPC I write HITSP? Too many acronyms!) meeting on patient matching and linking. An interesting and useful conversation, by design primarily focused on demographic-based matching B2B challenges, but with some discussion…

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Thanksgiving — twice!

Last Wednesday evening, I was going to sit down and write a quick post about my family’s great Thanksgiving break at Disneyland, where we recharged and got to see World of Color for the first time (as well as rock the all-time high score on Robotron at the ElecTRONica arcade). World of Color is a…

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You had me at free (since 2007)

Yesterday’s Financial Times article Microsoft drops US HealthVault profit plans has been making its way through the social media machine with remarkable efficiency — it’s appeared at least a couple of dozen times on my Twitter feed already. Problem is, the article misses its mark, since our strategy hasn’t changed since launch. HealthVault is part…

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CHDI and Amalga — two great tastes that taste great together!

One last post about Health 2.0 this year. In addition to all the Blue Button cheerleading, I had an opportunity to showcase Microsoft Amalga combining (anonymized) clinical information with CHDI indicators to deliver some pretty cool insights. For my money, this is the where CHDI has the potential to really make a difference — helping…

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Press the button!

11:18pm, and I’m just closing up shop on a pretty incredible day at the Health 2.0 conference. Not only did I talk to a bunch of great folks and get to show of our integration of clinical and CHDI data with Amalga (I’ll blog more about this awesomeness later) … but we also got to…

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What We Did While Baseball Season Went Awry

Most of the Nolan family* went to the last Mariners game of the season this past Sunday afternoon. Despite a bit of a rally in the eighth and ninth innings, the Ms basically went quietly into the night. The Red Sox won their last game, but really that’s not much to celebrate as the Yankees…

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I’d Better Get a Laminated Membership Card…

I’ve posted a few times about the great home monitoring programs we’re participating in — most recently the Kaiser Colorado study that showed a 50% better chance of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels by using HealthVault-connected devices at home (boy is it fun to say that). Devices are important because they allow providers to extend…

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It’s 4:30am… do you know where your developer is?

When we started this gig a few years ago, I asked Peter to make sure I didn’t have to travel a lot. Well, sometimes that works out and sometimes it doesn’t. Today’s jaunt is just for a day down to San Jose, so not much to complain about really. Still, nobody should be leaving their…

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Individuals Matter

The blog has been quiet for awhile; I just got back about a week ago from my summer break — a trip to Paris and Rome with my family. We spent incredible days exploring the cities, connecting with history, eating a ton of gelato, and sharing some great (and some not so great but just…

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