My Wish List for Apple’s HealthKit Initiative

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It’s impossible to give an educated opinion because all we’ve seen so far are some hints at what the software will do. We have no idea what the hardware play will be and we don’t yet know all of the planned software capabilities. However, there are some things I believe we can count on.

Apple has an amazing track record of creating superbly designed, intuitive software and beautiful, flawlessly integrated hardware.  By contrast, virtually all software created for health care users (providers, patients and administrators) is poorly designed.  If Apple offers some breathtaking software and very sexy hardware to help us stay healthier, it could make a difference, or at least point the way for others as the iPod and iPhone did.

Also, hats off to Epic and Mayo Clinic for showing us the way on the integration of patient-generated data into the electronic health record.  If the platform gets…

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A Very Short History Of The Internet Of Things

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There have been visions of smart, communicating objects even before the global computer network was launched forty-five years ago. As the Internet has grown to link all signs of intelligence (i.e., software) around the world, a number of other terms associated with the idea and practice of connecting everything to everything have made their appearance, including machine-to-machine (M2M), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), context-aware computing, wearables, ubiquitous computing, and the Web of Things. Here are a few milestones in the evolution of the mashing of the physical with the digital.

1932                                    Jay B. Nash writes in Spectatoritis: “Within our grasp is the leisure of the Greek citizen, made possible by our mechanical slaves, which far outnumber his twelve to fifteen per free man… As we step into a room, at the touch of a button a dozen light our way. Another slave sits twenty-four hours a day at…

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Healthcare Needs To Dream Like A Child


A few days ago I had the privilege of volunteering for a bring your kids to work day. The event was a half day session. Employees were able to bring their 6-12 yo children to work. The children were able to get a tour, see where mom and dad work, and then there were some various stations. The one I was helping with was about design, aesthetics, and the world around us.

The kids were walked through a few simple instructions:

1. Consider who you are designing for

2. Where will this item be used

3. What is the function of this item

The kids were then asked to design a lunch box.


The 2 girls I worked with designed lunch boxes for one another. I was impressed with their ability to rethink the possibilities of a lunch box. They did everything from solar powered refrigeration to a compost powered…

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Would “Just do right” Change Healthcare?


I have been traveling a lot in the past few weeks. I have been in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Indiana in the United States. I have been in Paris, France, and most recently Beijing and Tian Jin, China. (more on this in another post)

Tuesday I was able to make time and join #HCLDR (healthcare leader chat: transcript) on the topic of patient advocacy. This happens to be a topic near and dear to me.

One of the questions asked, was the following:

Q3–If you were a patient advocate employed by a healthcare provider, how would you navigate between the needs of the organization vs patient? Factors you’d consider?

In considering this question, my initial response was the following:

The metrics, whether it is job performance, patient satisfaction, or any other type success needs to be defined from the patient perspective. If the measurement is not defined by patients, or the…

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Emotional Support for Patients, Families, and Clinicians Following Adverse Events



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Even in the safest of healthcare systems things can, and often do, go wrong.  Just ask Linda Kenney.  Linda’s story began in 1999 when she nearly died as the result of an anesthesia mishap.  A routine orthopedic surgery scheduled at a large academic medical center went wrong when a local anesthetic administered to her ankle entered her bloodstream and caused a cardiac arrest.  Were it not for the heroic efforts of a code team, she would not be here today.  Read Linda’s full story here.

The emotional impact that Linda and her family experienced was life changing.  But, the healthcare culture at the time didn’t lend itself to open and honest conversations about adverse events.  She was told she had an allergic reaction by one clinician, and no one else referenced “the event” again during her hospital stay.

A few months after…

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