Recently, Google announce that the Google Health PHR will be retiring. I posted the announcement to the Society for Participatory Medicine mailing list, and there has been alot of discussion about this, there. There are several issues that lots of people do not seem to understand, and some implications of this that have been missed. […]
Microsoft has released a hosted Personal Health Record (PHR) called HealthVault. I will be writing about why this is a problem.
Direct gathers steam
Recently, the AAFP and Surescripts announced Physicians Direct, a secure messaging service for providers. But neither the article nor the signup page for Physicians Direct detail the most critical single issue regarding the service. This is a very large deployment of the Direct Project. This is by far the most important part of the story, […]
Microsoft may allow FOSS implementations of HealthVault API
Sean Nolan has announced that Microsoft has placed the HealthVault API specification, under the Microsoft Community Promise (CP) at the time of the writing, this page has not been updated to list the HealthVault API, but the text is provided in the specification download. This may allow for FOSS implementations of HealthVault. The Microsoft CP […]
The coming problem with the ASP-lock
Here is an interesting post about a person who was locked out of their google account. Apparently, this person lost access to: Google Docs Gmail Family photos in Picasa If you read the updated post, you will find that he has already gotten back in. But this person knew to write a blog post. And […]
In all Fairness
Its time to set the record straight on what are valid criticisms of HealthVault and Google Health and what are not. If you have ever read my posts, then you can be sure that when an organization needs criticizing I am the first to give it them with both barrels. But here both Google and […]
HealthVault team responds to security model criticism.
In further evidence that the Microsoft HealthVault team might actually be making good on a move towards real openness. Sean Nolan has addressed some of my criticisms in a post entitled Sharing Data using HealthVault I have updated the post in question to correct the errors that I had made. However, even with the correction […]
Google Health vs. HealthVault round 1
Everyone is talking about Googles new PHR offering vs. Microsoft HealthVault. Mostly the talk is drivel. I was able to get a seat at the Press Interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt at HIMSS and, I kid you not, two reporters asked “Is the data in Google Health covered by HIPAA?” within five minutes of […]
Meeting Dr. Peel
Medsphere, and the Shreeve Tragedy have left me a little jaded. I have little patience for those who threaten the health FOSS community. Believe it or not, I rarely allow my aggression to turn public. I can think of at least 5 friendships with current FOSS community members, that began with rather nasty emails originating […]
HealthVault: becoming un-Microsoft?
What I have read this morning almost made me choke on my cheerios. Neil Versel (one of the most in-the-loop Health IT journalist I know) turned me on to a blog post from Sean Nolan, that I obviously did not want to miss. The post, aptly titled Opening up the Vault revealed several important claims: […]
HealthVault: Michael Zimmer digs deeper
Michael Zimmer, a new media commentator and blogger, that I had not heard of before now has gotten access to the HealthVault team. He just wrote a new post called “Designing for Privacy: Microsoft HealthVault” that is worth reading from start to finish. There are several interesting things about his post. First, he details several […]