HealthVault: How to fix it

Microsoft often does the wrong thing. But that does not mean they have to. There are three requirements for behaving ethically as a PHR host. You must release all of the sourcecode to your PHR under a license that qualifies as both “Free (as-in-Freedom-not-price) Software” and Open Source. You must allow for the export of […]

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HealthVault: The Food critic never took a bite.

I hope I have made my case that “patient privacy” is complex enough that merely “Recognize that patients have the right to medical privacy” is the ethical equivalent of saying “When considering the medical ethical issue of abortion , you must recognize that often women want to get pregnant and have a child.” This is […]

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HealthVault: No Commitments and a Sleeping Watchdog.

Has Microsoft committed to keeping the promises that it has already made? No, just the opposite. Their privacy policy concludes:“We may occasionally update this privacy statement” Which means that when the commitments that Microsoft has made regarding HealthVault become inconvenient, they will simply change them. Will the data that you enter into HealthVault be secure? […]

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HealthVault: Abusing vs Implementing Standards.

Microsoft, of all the companies that might consider creating a PHR, is especially problematic. Microsoft has a long history of standards abuse. Lets consider a parallel issue to the “personal health record”, personal email. I use gmail and have used yahoo mail in the past, but for this example lets pretend that I used Hotmail, […]

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HealthVault: Failing the seven generations test

(note: This is the first of my “week of HealthVault” articles.) HealthVault, the new Personal Health Record (PHR) from Microsoft, along with Googles coming PHR offering, fail the seven generations test. I did not come up with the idea of “seven generations”, pay attention the next time you go to the grocery store and you […]

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Making a big deal

Sometimes I wrestle with how to communicate my feelings on the medical licensing. I view medical licensing as a moral issue. Some proprietary vendors get really offended by this view. Others see my point as I intended it, to place medical licensing in the moral sphere instead of the practical sphere. I recently posted over […]

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Medsphere so far

Medsphere could have been the “RedHat of Medical IT” that our community desperately needs. Instead they are the “Enron of Medical IT”. For those that are not aware, Medsphere sued their own founders, Scott Shreeve and Steve Shreeve for $50 Million Dollars. As it turns out evidence that at least some of Medsphere’s claims were […]

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