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

Direct Project Updates

The Direct Project has a new name (formerly NHIN Direct),  a new website directproject.org and an excellent write up over on O’Reilly Radar called Healthcare communication gets an upgrade. I am also interested to see that the O’Reilly folks seem … Continued