Join me at the fifth annual Medical Device Connectivity Conference Nov 21-22 in DC (discount ends Monday)

Now that Meaningful Use and ICD-10 are starting generate useful clinical data, it’s clear that electronic structured data in health and medicine is here to stay. One of the major missing pieces of the EHRs puzzle is direct integration of sensor-driven medical device data that can be used for both retrospective and prospective analysis. Many people believe that medical device data, like lab data, should be directly integrated into modern electronic health record solutions but that’s not happening as fast as many of us would like. ...

Summary report from O’Reilly’s Strata Rx (“data in healthcare”) Conference

Last week I spoke at O’Reilly’s StrataRx Conference in Boston and like all O’Reilly events is was full of great content, terrific networking opportunities, and run with precision. My friend and O’Reilly editor Andy Oram wrote a great blog post summarizing the event and it’s worth reading: “Ticking all the boxes for a health care upgrade at Strata Rx – What is needed for successful reform of the health care system? ...

Video: where I see health IT data today and where it’s probably going

The nice folks at Iron Mountain, a publicly traded storage and information management services company, reached out to me during the summer and asked what I think the challenges are around healthcare data management. They recorded my answers in a series of interviews published as part of National Health IT Week (Sep 16th-20th). Here’s the first of the series: Many of you probably already know Iron Mountain as a records management, data backup and recovery, document management, and secure shredding company because they’ve been doing that kind of work for years across many different industries. ...

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. ...