Guest Article: Shakespeare in Namespace, or why Blue Button took off as fast as it did

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Peter Levin as an outside technology strategy adviser while he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Veterans Affairs during the first Obama Administration. Peter’s a hard-charging, fast-moving, take-no-prisoners style senior technical executive; he was an entrepreneur, professor, and engineer long before he came into government so it was no surprise that he was able to accomplish a great deal during his tenure as the CTO of VA. ...

Join me in San Francisco on Monday where I’m talking about Using Android in Safety-Critical Medical Device Platforms

The Linux Foundation has invited me to speak about how to use Android in Medical Devices on Monday, February 14 at the Android Builders Summit. If you’ll be at the Summit or are in the San Francisco area and would like to meetup at or near the event, please reach out to me via speaking@shahidshah.com. Here’s the abstract of my talk on Monday: FDA regulated medical devices are considered safety-critical systems due to their ability to affect patient lives. ...

I’m speaking at NIH Clinical Center on Why Meaningful Use (MU) and EHRs are Insufficient for Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

If you’re in the DC area near NIH please join me tomorrow as I lead a discussion on why MU is insufficient for EBM and CER. Here are the details: When:  3:30 – 5:00 PM, Thursday, February 9, 2012 Where:  NIH Clinical Center (Building 10 North), Hatfield Room 2-3330 Abstract: Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), which is being rechristened “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research” (PCOR), is all about using clinical outcomes research comparing different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions. ...

Regulatory compliance officers need not fear open source software in medical devices or mission-critical healthcare IT systems

I spent the past few days in Boston at the Harvard Medical School Conference Center speaking audiences at the Medical Device Connectivity Conference (I presented lectures on how to design next-generation medical devices and gateways). Many people that attended my lectures showed a great deal of trepidation when I brought up the fact that they should use open source software (OSS) to reduce cost and potentially increase the quality of their devices; the most common excuse I heard was that the regulatory compliance folks wouldn’t allow OSS or that the FDA would disapprove. ...