Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#Health Articles saved on Delicious by @ekivemark

It’s April 22, 2014 at 09:05AM on Tuesday
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Testing an automated RSS Feed using @IFTTT @delicious and @wordpress

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Bringing you some Delicious #Health posts:


I am wondering if an email post will allow an RSS feed to be embedded using a short code format.

And the answer to that question is: YES. As long as you put the url address in LOWER CASE.



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USDA Grants Help Schools Serve Healthier Lunches | TIME.com

Via the RWJF day alert:

USDA grant to help schools provide healthier lunches.

Food is a critical component in health and well being. Every little step helps…

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Mark Scrimshire
Health and Cloud Technologist
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Driving Data Transparency in HealthCare

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a mass of data about Medicare payments to doctors. The American Medical Association has been fighting this data release for years. Ironically they were one of the first organizations to comment on the data release. The data is voluminous and is not designed to be easily consumed by the average member of the public. Fortunately there are groups out there that are making sense of this data. Fred Trotter, one of the authors of Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use, has incorporated this data in to the DocGraph project ( http://2.healthca.mp/1gZJvgT ).

To learn more about this development and how the DocGraph team is putting this data to use check out Fred’s post on The Health Care Blog: A New Way to Explore and Comment on Doctor Data.

DocGraph Omni is an incredibly powerful tool.

What will be even more interesting is how other teams will leverage the efforts of the DocGraph team by mashing this data with other sources to gain more insights.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Columbia #tech_breakfast

I am at Loyola in Columbia for the monthly Tech Breakfast ( http://2.healthca.mp/1h3Dvz6 ). The companies presenting this morning are:

HeatMap, Trikke, MakeMe, Whyttle.com, FiscalNote Prophecy

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HeatMap http://HeatMap.me
Presented by Max Mathieu

Understanding your user’s intent in real time.

This product literally shows heat maps of what your users are clicking on your web site.
This looks like a powerful tool to use alongside A/B testing.

Already working on 500 sites.
Pricing starts at $100/month.
Installs as simple JavaScript code on your page on domains you control.
It doesn’t work with third party sites.

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An interesting demo of broadcast Audi sent to iPhones. An example would be for a drive-in movie. A mass audio broadcast technology using ios web browsers (safari or chrome). The service requires fast internet (wifi or 4G).

A patented method to keep audio in sync across cell phones. The latest enhancement is to allow it to be synced to video.

MakeMe http://make.me
Presented by V.Rao Dumpeti
A photo sharing, messenger and social game app.
The idea is that achievement is a team sport. MakeMe is a social motivation app. You jointly set goals and consequences in the form of a game. This is messaging with a purpose for very small groups.
The app is available now in the iOS App Store. An android version will follow in the summer.

Whyttle http://whyttle.com
Presented by Martin Levine
A platform for communities with shared interests.
Currently in public beta. Find or create communities.

FiscalNote http://2.healthca.mp/1h3Dvz8
Presented by Arthur Karell
Predictive Analytics for legislation in real time.
Predict government action and manage political risk.
Hitting 94% accuracy in predicting the passage of a bill.
Federal or state legislation is covered.

Data is scraped from government web sites.
Capturing 200,000 pieces of legislation each year.

Mark Scrimshire
Health & Cloud Technology Consultant
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Great advise on running effective meetings from @kivestu

Kenton Kivestu has some great recommendations for running Product meetings in his blog:

Stop wasting people’s time: Run a solid (product) meeting

However, this advice works for almost any meeting. The exception is where you are holding meetings to brainstorm ideas, or for information sharing amongst your team.

- Only include those people that need to be there.
- Focus on issues to get to a decision
- When you reach the decision end the meeting. If it is early that’s OKAY!
- Disseminate timely notes from the meeting.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heartbleed and Reverse Heartbleed. The ring of pain grows

By now everybody has probably heard about the Heartbleed exploit in OpenSSL. One of the best explanations of how the Heartbleed exploit works came via an update from 1Password author Dave Teare and his pointer to an XKCD Comic. Since the advise to everyone is to update your password. I wholeheartedly recommend 1Password from Agile Web Solutions. 1Password comes with apps for OS X, Windows, iPhone,iPad and Android. 1Password also has extensions for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. If you are going to be changing passwords across the Internet (and you should) then I recommend 1Password to help you manage your new passwords.

OpenID, OAuth and Heartbleed

I have been wondering about the ramifications of Heartbleed and whether there are risks for sites using OpenID and OAuth.

If you are not familiar with OpenID and OAuth it is basically the dialog you go through when you go to a site and use your Facebook or Twitter credentials to login. The advantage of OAuth and OpenID is that you can login with a userid and password that you use regularly WITHOUT the website having to know what that Userid and password is. Fewer userids and passwords to remember is a good thing. This process is often used when you give a website or service access to post to your Twitter or Facebook timelines.

So does Heartbleed have ramifications for OpenID and OAuth? There appears to be a secondary impact to Heartbleed. This is known as Reverse Heartbleed. There is a test for Reverse Heartbleed. The exploit would involve sending a URL to the web infrastructure on a site that initiates outbound SSL connections. The OAuth credential approval process would seem to fit that situation. If the webURL that is sent performs a malicious query using the heartbleed exploit then confidential data could be exposed.

What does this mean?

The use of OAuth and OpenID is a positive step on the Internet and helps us all reduce the number of userids and passwords we have to manage. With fewer userids and passwords it allows us to use more complex, safer passwords. It even allows us to think about using multi-factor authentication, such as can be applied for your web service accounts on AWS.

So anyway, I am off to start changing passwords on my web accounts….



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Re-Igniting HealthCa.mp with a focus on food as the center of a healthy life

To all our HealthCa.mp Friends and Colleagues:

This broadcast is a result of a fortuitous technical issue that occurred yesterday. No, it wasn’t Heartbleed. I was simply upgrading plugins in WordPress and hit the dreaded white screen of death. Fixing the problem required some reconfiguration and the result was that a healthca.mp broadcast was issued. Rather than leave you wondering what that was about it finally prompted me to put my fingers to the keyboard and send out an update about HealthCa.mp. So here goes…

Let me start with some background to explain the hiatus since 2012:

The past 18+ months have been a rollercoaster ride. I have been fully absorbed by a demanding project to build an ICD-10 Computer Assisted Coding platform in the cloud for a Fortune 50 company. Consequently HealthCa.mp has had to take a back seat. Towards the end of 2013 I was finally getting a few free CPU cycles to think about HealthCa.mp. I realized how much I missed the deep and meaningful conversations and connections that grew from our HealthCa.mp meetings. HealthCa.mp started out a desire to break down the silos in HealthCare and each meeting served to reinforce the belief that we are stronger together, rather than trying to act individually. HealthCare is a team sport with better outcomes when all of us are engaged in achieving the desired outcomes.

While HealthCa.mp has been on hiatus we have continued to watch our personal health, endeavoring to stay healthy through “in situ” exercise. By this I mean taking inspiration from our friend Dr Ted Eytan and participating in numerous conference calls while walking. Yes, a Wireless Headset for your office phone is one of the best investments you can make! We also have watched our diet and tried to eat healthily but still have fun and enjoy great food.

Why is this relevant?

It is time to re-invent HealthCa.mp and in doing so we want to pick up on the concept of Good Food and Healthy Eating as the cornerstone of Health. Eating Healthily, without getting hung up on always being perfect is achievable but people often need help getting started. We have come across many people that have been diagnosed with food allergies and suddenly find themselves struggling to make sense of a myriad of choices and decisions that they are not familiar with making.

So How do we re-invent HealthCa.mp?

This is where we need the help and assistance of our fellow HealthCampers. The vision for HealthCa.mp is this:

We want to promote healthy eating. To do this we want to bring together the grocery stores, nutritionists, healthcare providers and payers together with chefs and the community. If you are dealing with a health condition that requires a special diet. We want to pair people in the community up with nutritionists and chefs so that they can learn practical tactics to selecting the best foods that fit a budget and a health need. Not only helping with food selection but also how to prepare simple, healthy meals that fit a busy family lifestyle.

We would also like to bring together software and hardware companies that have hardware, software and mobile solutions that can support the health eating objective.

So how can you help?

Can you reach out to people that you know in these various organizations and engage them. This is an initiative that can be taken in to local communities where grocery stores work with healthcare providers and local employers to help employees and others in the community to help themselves to eat healthier.

This is a big objective but we know that the inventive and motivated people that have attended HealthCa.mps can make change happen and we believe that what we are proposing is something that can make a difference in the health of our communities not only in the near term but for generations to come, if we educate our kids to eat healthier.

Are you with us?



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Re-Igniting HealthCa.mp with a focus on food as the center of a healthy life

To all our HealthCa.mp Friends and Colleagues:

This broadcast is a result of a fortuitous technical issue that occurred yesterday. No, it wasn’t Heartbleed. I was simply upgrading plugins in WordPress and hit the dreaded white screen of death. Fixing the problem required some reconfiguration and the result was that a healthca.mp broadcast was issued. Rather than leave you wondering what that was about it finally prompted me to put my fingers to the keyboard and send out an update about HealthCa.mp. So here goes…

Let me start with some background to explain the hiatus since 2012:

The past 18+ months have been a rollercoaster ride. I have been fully absorbed by a demanding project to build an ICD-10 Computer Assisted Coding platform in the cloud for a Fortune 50 company. Consequently HealthCa.mp has had to take a back seat. Towards the end of 2013 I was finally getting a few free CPU cycles to think about HealthCa.mp. I realized how much I missed the deep and meaningful conversations and connections that grew from our HealthCa.mp meetings. HealthCa.mp started out a desire to break down the silos in HealthCare and each meeting served to reinforce the belief that we are stronger together, rather than trying to act individually. HealthCare is a team sport with better outcomes when all of us are engaged in achieving the desired outcomes.

While HealthCa.mp has been on hiatus we have continued to watch our personal health, endeavoring to stay healthy through “in situ” exercise. By this I mean taking inspiration from our friend Dr Ted Eytan and participating in numerous conference calls while walking. Yes, a Wireless Headset for your office phone is one of the best investments you can make! We also have watched our diet and tried to eat healthily but still have fun and enjoy great food.

Why is this relevant?

It is time to re-invent HealthCa.mp and in doing so we want to pick up on the concept of Good Food and Healthy Eating as the cornerstone of Health. Eating Healthily, without getting hung up on always being perfect is achievable but people often need help getting started. We have come across many people that have been diagnosed with food allergies and suddenly find themselves struggling to make sense of a myriad of choices and decisions that they are not familiar with making.

So How do we re-invent HealthCa.mp?

This is where we need the help and assistance of our fellow HealthCampers. The vision for HealthCa.mp is this:

We want to promote healthy eating. To do this we want to bring together the grocery stores, nutritionists, healthcare providers and payers together with chefs and the community. If you are dealing with a health condition that requires a special diet. We want to pair people in the community up with nutritionists and chefs so that they can learn practical tactics to selecting the best foods that fit a budget and a health need. Not only helping with food selection but also how to prepare simple, healthy meals that fit a busy family lifestyle.

We would also like to bring together software and hardware companies that have hardware, software and mobile solutions that can support the health eating objective.

So how can you help?

Can you reach out to people that you know in these various organizations and engage them. This is an initiative that can be taken in to local communities where grocery stores work with healthcare providers and local employers to help employees and others in the community to help themselves to eat healthier.

This is a big objective but we know that the inventive and motivated people that have attended HealthCa.mps can make change happen and we believe that what we are proposing is something that can make a difference in the health of our communities not only in the near term but for generations to come, if we educate our kids to eat healthier.

Are you with us?



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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

@Forbes: @danMunro “Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration”

Dan Munro has an article in Forbes on new developments for Big Data in Cancer trials driven by Big Pharma and the need to accelerate expensive drug trials.

Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration

As Dan points out it will be interesting to see which of three models pans out:

- The Industry centric research model
- The Regulatory-driven model
- The patient-centric model

These are all Big Data solutions that continue to drive the hype in this emerging technology area. There will be bumps in the road as the hype gives way to reality and workable solutions emerge.

Big Data is not taking over the world. It is just searching for its place in the world.

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