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I am looking forward to a busy couple of days. I have already had a fascinating walking meeting catching up with Fred Trotter.
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It is early Friday morning (December 6th) and I am on a flight to Boston to attend my second #healthfoo. I have been on a crazy health IT project for the last 15 months and this weeks is a wonderful chance to recharge the innovation batteries and re-connect with some of the leading visionaries in health care.
For the un-initiated Healthfoo is a 3 day un-conference focused on healthcare innovation that is organized by Tim O’Reilly and the teams from O’Reilly Media and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The event takes place in Cambridge, MA at the Microsoft NERD Campus.
I am looking forward to re-connecting with the many friends I have made in my health care innovation journey. This weekend should be just as amazing as previous HealthCa.mp and healthfoo events. It is a wonderful thing to see brilliant minds collaborate and spark off each other’s ideas. With the mix of technologists, innovators, doctors, patients, health privacy experts and business leaders coming together to mind meld there are sure to be some great conversations that will be the catalyst for change that ultimately leads to better healthcare.
The event is a different kind of intensity to that of the daily work challenges many of us face and as such it is a great way to recharge the creative juices and re-commit to the work we are engaged in because one thing that ties all of the Participants together at Healthfoo (and at Healthca.mp) is the passion to make a difference in delivering better health care and better health to our communities.
My deepest thanks go to Tim O’Reilly and the team for including
Me in this very special event.
Mark ScrimshireB: http://blog.ekivemark.com
Today I am back at Ski Liberty for another season of teaching. It is a thrill to pass on the thrills and exhilaration that comes from being able to ski. slopes
Liberty Mountain in Carroll Valley, PA is opening extra early this season and I have taken my first few runs before taking my first teaching line up at 9:45.
The snowmaking team have done an awesome job grooming the mountain getting a good selection of runs open. Let’s hope the cold weather keeps up. At the very least let’s hope it stays cold at night so the snow guns can run and fill in the rest of the slopes.
Wil I see you on the mountain this season?
Every so often I see the threads of technology and Health Care weaving together in a way that opens up new opportunities. Today is one of those days. Tomorrow Apple is widely expected to release their iBeacon technology, a Bluetooth Low Energy platform for connecting sensors to the iOS platform. For a while Tim O’Reilly and others have been talking about the Internet of Things. The original idea was that the Internet of Things would create a mesh network that would instrument the world around us. I see so many parallels with the transformation of the Health Care industry. Let me explain…
The Health Care Industry is spending Billions to build networks that can pass information about patients between doctors, hospitals, payers and other organizations in the industry. The only person excluded from this network is. You guessed it…. The patient. Yet the patient is the one common factor. For a long time I have been saying that WE (the Patient) are the De Facto Health Information Exchange. Finally Blue Button, BlueButton Plus and Direct Project offer thee potential to make this happen.
I believe that the Internet of things is going to be enabled, not by mesh networks that inter-connect these devices. Instead these sensors will become ultra-low power devices that do not require frequent charging. They will be inter-connected by Us, or rather, by our smartphones. Just as needs to happen in Health Care where the patient is the connector, so in the emerging world of the Quantified Self and hardware sensors these low power sensors will be connected in to our Personal Cloud. We will use these sensors to measure our environment and our health.
On September 10th Apple is expected to launch iOS7 and a couple of new iPhones. iOS7 and the Bluetooth low energy communications protocol will enable the personal cloud that can detect and collect data from simple low power sensors.
The big opportunity is for the Personal Cloud to inform and instrument our bodies to help us monitor and manage our health. When the Personal Cloud then connects to the Personal Health Record, or Life Record and this in turn is connected to our network of health care professionals we really will have a powerful Personal Health Information Exchange. We are already seeing this with products from companies like Fitbit and Withings. We, as individuals are already able to collect far more data points about our health than is contained in the Electronic Medical Record at our Doctor’s office. With the emergence of the Personal Cloud this situation will only accelerate.
Given that WE become the integrator and network conduit of this Internet of Things, there is a business model to be built that rewards us for delivering the data from the Internet of Things in our Personal Cloud. Think of it as turning the cable industry model upside down. We become the content provider, organizations and companies want to leverage the data from these disconnected sensors. How long will it be before companies are willing to subsidize our smartphone Internet data packages in return for us feeding sensor data from the sensors on our bodies and around our homes and offices?
The more data we as individuals can compile to help us manage our health, the more leverage we accrue to change the balance of power and allow us to become a true peer in the Health Car eIndustry where we truly are the de facto Health Information Exchange.
Interesting times are upon us….
Part of the Cultural Diversity Series. A great evening in store
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Is this an expensive way to acquire a new CEO? Will Stephen Elop be the next Microsoft CEO? He didn’t stay with Nokia but rather went to the Device business as an Executive Vice President.
Time will tell…
With a new version of Mac OS X due in the next couple of months it is time to help a friend upgrade their MacBook Pro with more Ram. Fortunately the old style Macs can be upgraded.
Upgrading from 4GB to 8GB is a quick, simple and cheap fix that takes a few minutes and a small Philips screwdriver.
With the New style MacBooks the memory is not upgradeable. So the best advice is to buy the model you want with the maximum amount of Ram and if the budget allows go for the largest Solid State Drive and finally the fastest processor.
If you cant afford the top of the line configuration when buying a new Mac balance your configuration this way: – Ram
Your Mac will slow down if it is short on disk space for swapping. So more Ram helps to reduce the amount of swapping.
My Mum sent me this. Very cool street art! Enjoy!
Wow – have you come across Julian Beever.
NEW CHALK ART FROM JULIAN BEEVER
He just keeps getting better.
Julian Beever is an English artist who’s famous for his
anamorphic art on the pavements of England , France ,
Germany , USA , Australia and Belgium
Beever gives an amazing illusion to his drawings, so that
the objects appear to be three dimensional rather than flat
as they actually are.
Hard to believe that the little boy is standing flat on the pavement!
Julian admits that some people see his work as graffiti, and don’t
feel it has a place on public streets. Happily, he says, he mostly
receives a positive reaction and people like and enjoy his art.
Did you spot tiny Julian Beever on the Top of the Bottle?
The 3D aspect to his work came much later while he was
working in Brussels , “I decided to get into 3D after seeing
the effect of tiles being removed from the street and later
trying to recreate the sense of depth in a drawing.”
People avoid the hole.
Hosing down the street
Everything is fake, even the hose and water!
Canal Street – New Orleans
There is no hole in this pavement.
“Today I’m drawing Felix the Cat gate-crashing the
Chinese New Year of the dog. He’s popping put of
the ground in a Chinese dragon costume.”
Chinese Dragon with Felix the Cat
Politicians get sucked into a pit.
Who will save them?
Baby Food viewed from the opposite side.
“Once I realised you could make things go down,
I realised you could make them appear to go up
and I began experimenting.”
Make Poverty History – side view – 40 ft long
Make Poverty History – front view
Art for the people.
“My art is for anybody, it’s for people who wouldn’t
go into an art gallery. It’s art for the people.”
“Art shouldn’t be locked away in galleries and
libraries and books. Art should be for everybody
and not just art buffs, historians and so-called experts.”
Julian works in chalk, so his art, which takes up to
3 days to complete, is there only as long as the elements allow.
“If it rains it means I’ve done a lot of hard work for
nothing, but I usually manage to avoid that.”
Visit with Santa
The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at
the end. For me, I’m working towards building a
photograph as my end result, and if I get that I’m happy.”
“The secret is to set up a camera on a tripod and
keep it in one spot and check every mark you make.
It’s really just playing with perspective to make it
appear different to what it really is.”
Julian Beever – Self Portrait
I came across a fun little bug with Safari and other Web Browsers (FireFox and Chrome) on the Mac OS X desktop when you run with two monitors.
I was using a TV display as a second monitor and had my main laptop monitor arranged underneath. The critical factor was that the OS X menu bar was positioned on the Laptop monitor. i.e. It was between the primary and secondary monitor.
When the Menu Bar is between the main display and the secondary monitor you can’t move a Browser window up on to the second monitor. This is an interesting bug that seems to impact many but not all applications. Lotus Notes, SameTime and Microsoft Office Applications seem to ignore the menu bar while Skype sees it as a boundary.
If you move the Menu Bar to the other screen these bounded applications can now move freely about the double desktop.
It will be interesting to see how OS X Mavericks behaves since it appears to be introducing the double menu bar. That looks to be a very welcome feature to avoid the need to mouse or track long distances between desktops to access menu bar features.