Libel and Discourse in the Digital Age

Libel, like copyright, is one of the central legal frameworks for governing online activities. It sets the bounds for what can and cannot be said about people in the new media area.  Like copyright law, libel law is a legal … Continued

How to change the world over the weekend

I love hackathons. I love winning them. I love competing in them. I love winning them.  I love judging them. I also love not losing them. This weekend, I am acting as a mentor to the first Health 2.0 hackathon … Continued

Unethical Blue Button Contest

This contest is deeply problematic. The blue button initiative was a good initiative because it allowed greater access. It made that possible by ensuring that access to patient data did not have to wait for the VA/DOD/Whatever to create a … Continued

Contract to create VistA shepherd goes to newbie

I just learned, (from a modern healthcare article, of course) that the contract has been awarded to Tiag. At first blush, this news was not concerning. I am only peripherally involved in the VistA community, and there are lots of … Continued

Health Foo Camp

I am happy to announce that I have been invited to the first ever Health Foo Camp. There is not even a web-page for this yet, but it has been previously announced on the RWJF blog FOO stands for Friends … Continued

A patient by any other name

Recently two communities have been discussing a pretty basic question. What should we call the artist formerly known as “patient”? The two communities are the e-patient community and the “patients” in the patient safety movement, specifically those that met at … Continued

Facebook Places powers the first social election game

Today, Farrin Anne ‘Crane’ Gustafson, the manager of the social media strategy for the Clayton Trotter (my father) congressional campaign became the first person in history to use Facebook Places to check-in to a new kind of application: a social election … Continued

Prior Art for the BillingNetwork Patent Troll

I am saddened that the supreme court decided not to address the software patent problem with Bilski. They had an opportunity to abolish or at least reign-in software patents, which are an inherently bad idea. Instead they undid what little … Continued

You might be a cyborg….

People often do not get why I am so convinced that only GPL Software should be used in Medicine. I can understand why. Without understanding the nature of Healthcare, people assume that I am being religious about the issue. This … Continued