Tell us how to make HealthVault better, get goodies….

One of the big changes to the HealthVault team over the last few years is that we’ve built out an incredible, small but mighty group focused exclusively on making HV-based experiences great. If you’re a long-time user or follower, you’ve seen things they’ve done like the Weight Management dashboard, our Windows 8 app, improvements to…

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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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HealthVault — now fun-size!

I am stunned at how many folks have already installed our brand new HealthVault app for Windows Phone. Forget any questions I may have had about the momentum of the mobile platforms; this is where the world is going. The app is meant to be a handy general purpose tool — optimized for use whenever…

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Just in time for HIMSS: new HealthVault features!

Believe it or not, there’s more to my life than the Direct Project! Later this week I’ll be hopping a plane to Florida to attend the 2011 HIMSS conference. I’m not much of a show-type person, but they had me cold at “minutes from Disney World” — I’m staying at the Beach Club next to…

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HealthVault: Certified Awesome.

Update December 2013 — the team has put together a great document with all the details required to integrate solutions with HealthVault to take advantage of our certification; you can find it on our MSDN site here. —S EHRs aren’t the solution to our healthcare problems. But they are a necessary step on the journey,…

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SMART apps in the EHR — this is progress!

Last week I had the opportunity to visit my old hometown while attending the SMART conference at Harvard Medical School (and as a bonus I got to catch up with my dad at the super-yummy Publick House in Brighton). I always have high expectations of the Ken and Zac show, but this one was even…

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Even more on CCR "vs" CCD — we don’t need to choose!

I’ve copied below a note I just sent to some of the good folks responsible for setting policy around which standards will be considered appropriate for meaningful exchange of clinical summaries. As I’ve said many times before, I believe that annointing just one standard misses the point — the hard part is collecting the information…

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Hey — was that just an HIT Standards breakthrough?

I spent Thursday last week at the HIT Standards Committee’s inaugural “Implementation Workgroup” meeting in Washington DC. The purpose of the meeting was for the committee to hear perspectives from folks who are “on the ground” and could offer real-world perspectives on the pros and cons of what HITSP has done to date — to…

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Disappointed.

I thought a lot about whether I should write this one or not. For sure there’s a set of people who are going to write it off to competitive jealousy – very possibly starting with the guy I’m writing about. But I think it’s a real issue, so we’ll just see how it goes. A…

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I am in love with my Withings scale.

Every Monday, the folks who manage our HealthVault partner relationships have a meeting called “What’s Going On?” where they talk about the applications and devices that have “gone live” in the last week, issues that partners are facing we need to be aware of, that kind of thing. This week they asked me to come…

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