How to submit prior art on the Medicity Direct Patent

Recently Medicity has tried to patent the concept of a HISP. Please join me in submitting prior art to prevent this undermining of everything that the Direct Project stands for. Groklaw shows the way Here is a specific page that … Continued

Simpler Direct Directories

Alan Viars is making the case for simpler direct directories. He has allowed me to republish some of his ideas here!! A couple of weeks ago, I attended ONC’s Direct Bootcamp in Crystal City, VA. A hot topic at the two-day conference … Continued

Direct should be in NPPES

For those wondering, the Direct Project is a secure email protocol based on SMTP/S-MIME for doctor-doctor and doctor-patient secure communication. It is all-but-required in Meaningful Use version 2 and it is intended to replace the fax machine for the transfer … Continued

Sharks, Bees and Privacy

Hi, I am happy to announce that my new article on healthcare privacy and interoperability has been accepted in the Journal of Participatory Medicine. I am not against privacy in healthcare, but I am against the notion that privacy concerns … Continued

Google Health: influential, controversial and gone.

Google Health is no more. Thats a shame, because I am writing a book on Health IT for O’Reilly and before this announcement, my rough draft featured Google Health extensively. I guess this is better, though, than having Google Health … Continued

Google Health is dead, HealthVault Indivo win

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 … Continued

EHR can make the paper problem worse

Once a persons record has gone electronic, it really should never go back. A paper printout of an Electronic Health Record is often huge and unwieldy. If it is printed out or faxed it creates something so huge that it … Continued

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 … Continued

Patient Centered Health Internet

I have recently been approached by several policy people who are interested in ensuring that the consumer/patient is at the center of the coming Health Internet. Through my work at the Cautious Patient Foundation, I have become pretty obsessed about … Continued

Kaiser Ontology Interview

To the novice, the term “interoperability” means that two systems can talk. To the expert, it means that they can understand each other. To much of our current data interchange is “meaning poor”. To get past that problem, we need … Continued