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Thinking with things

By Jenn Webb
March 7, 2014

Editor’s note: we’re running a series of five excerpts from our forthcoming book Designing for Emerging Technologies, a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the …

OneHealth: Combining Patient-Generated Data With Communities and Feedback Loops

By Andy Oram
September 24, 2013

Bruce Springer of OneHealth will speak about this topic at the Strata Rx conference. This article was written by Patrick Bane of OneHealth in coordination with Bruce Springer. According to a recent study performed by the Jesse Brown VA Medical …

How to bend fate in the health care field

By Andy Oram
September 21, 2013

This article is by guest author Amik Ahmad. He is speaking on this topic at Strata Rx. Distractions didn’t have a chance. My phone was devoid of reception. The New York Times mobile application searched impossibly for a Wi-Fi connection. …

Combining personal data with ratings for targeted medical information

By Andy Oram
September 16, 2013

HealthTap is a community of doctors and clients seeking answers to health questions. Its central service provides immediate access to doctors and their knowledge either by doctors answering client questions in real time, or through a large database of previously …

Ginger.io: Putting the Patient-Provider connection at the center

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2013

This posting was written by guest author Julia Bernstein of Ginger.io. Ginger.io’s CEO Anmol Madan will be speaking on this topic at Strata Rx. The traditional, office-based model for health care is episodic. The provider-patient relationship exists almost completely within …

Ways to put the patient first when collecting health data

By Andy Oram
June 10, 2013

The timing was superb for last week’s Health Privacy Summit, held on June 5 and 6 in Washington, DC. First, it immediately followed the 2000-strong Health Data Forum (Health Datapalooza), where concern for patients rights came up repeatedly. Secondly, scandals …

The elusive quest to transform healthcare through patient empowerment

By Andy Oram
May 21, 2013

Would you take a morning off from work to discuss health care costs and consumer empowerment in health care? Over a hundred people in the Boston area did so on Monday, May 6, for the conference “Empowering Healthcare Consumers: A …

Saint James Infirmary: checking the pulse of health IT at HIMSS

By Andy Oram
March 11, 2013

I spent most of the past week on my annual assessment of the progress that the field of health information technology is making toward culling the benefits offered by computers and Internet connectivity: instant access to data anywhere; a leveling …

Goodreads evolution from discovery platform to reader community

By Jenn Webb
March 6, 2013

Last week, O’Reilly GM and publisher Joe Wikert reviewed Goodreads’ CEO Otis Chandler’s TOC session, in which Chandler presented the results of a recent Goodreads readers survey. One of the interesting pieces from the survey covered the effectiveness of Goodreads …

Slow & Steady: looking toward a better health IT future at HIMSS

By Andy Oram
March 6, 2013

After my funereal disparagement yesterday of the opening of the HIMSS health care conference in New Orleans, I decided to pick up the beat today and talk about some of the people and ideas I encountered with promise for the …

Singin’ the Blues: visions deferred at HIMSS health IT conference

By Andy Oram
March 5, 2013

HIMSS, the leading health IT conference in the US, drew over 32,000 people to New Orleans this year (with another thousand or two expected to register by the end of the conference). High as this turn-out sounds, it represents a …

How to open an industry: data points from Strata Rx

By Andy Oram
October 19, 2012

O’Reilly’s first conference devoted to health care, Strata Rx, wrapped up earlier this week. Despite competing with at least three other conferences being held on the same week around the country on various aspects of health care and technology, we …

You still need your own website

By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

You still need your own website

You still need your own website
By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

Tutorial As a Startup Update

Tutorial As a Startup Update
By Kevin Shockey
June 27, 2012

All I can say at this point, is that it's hard to get people to engage over the Internet. Anyone claiming that it's easy to get an audience, a community, or project to respond and take action is, extremely lucky.

Data in use from public health to personal fitness

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2012

Releasing public data can't fix the health care system by itself, but it provides tools as well as a model for data sharing.

Data in use from public health to personal fitness

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2012

Releasing public data can't fix the health care system by itself, but it provides tools as well as a model for data sharing.

Health reform leaders focus on patient access to records as key barrier

By Andy Oram
June 11, 2012

A convocation of trend-setters and organizational leaders in U.S. health care advised two government organizations driving health reform--the Office of the National Coordinator at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs--how to push forward one of their top goals, patient engagement.

The state of health IT according to the American Hospital Association

By Andy Oram
May 6, 2012

The letter conveys a rather sorrowful message about the state of health IT in the United States. One request--to put brakes on the requirement for hospitals to let patients see their own information electronically--has received particularly strong coverage and vigorous responses.

Four short links: 19 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 19, 2012

Superfastmatch -- open source text comparison tool, used to locate plagiarism/churnalism in online news sites. You can pull out the text engine and use it for your own "find where this text is used elsewhere" applications (e.g., what's being forwarded out in email, how much of this RFP is copy and paste, what's NOT boilerplate in this contract, etc.)....

Five tough lessons I had to learn about health care

By Andy Oram
March 26, 2012

Despite the disappointments I've undergone in learning about health care, I expect the system to change for the better. Those who want a better system need to look at the areas where change is most likely to make a difference.

Publishing can be the engine of the engagement economy

By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2012

Magellan Media founder Brian O'Leary, addresses issues of content abundance and asserts that publishing needs to reposition itself as the "engine of the engagement economy."

Publishing can be the engine of the engagement economy

Publishing can be the engine of the engagement economy
By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2012

Magellan Media founder Brian O'Leary, addresses issues of content abundance and asserts that publishing needs to reposition itself as the "engine of the engagement economy."

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when

By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

Content is a social creature

Content is a social creature
By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

Bob Stein, founder and co-director of The Institute for the Future of the Book, says content has always been social, but the best experiences will come when content is designed for engagement.

Content is a social creature

By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

Bob Stein, founder and co-director of The Institute for the Future of the Book, says content has always been social, but the best experiences will come when content is designed for engagement.

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips
By Howard Wen
January 20, 2011

Traditional marketers and businesses tend to downplay Facebook's utility. That's a mistake, according to Dan and Alison Zarrella, co-authors of "The Facebook Marketing Book." In this interview, they explain why engagement is the key to Facebook campaigns.

Citizen engagement platforms grow in 2010

By Alex Howard
December 24, 2010

As the new year beckons, there are more ways for citizens to provide feedback and become stakeholders in their government and policy than perhaps there ever have been in history. Here's a look at the platforms, applications and projects that got us to this point.

Citizens as public sensors

Citizens as public sensors
By James Turner
April 12, 2010

Gov 2.0 discussions tend to center on transparency and making data available to the general public. But information can flow in both directions. SeeClickFix believes citizens can offer as much to local government as government can offer to the people. SeeClickFix co-founder Jeff Blasius discusses the service in this Q&A.

Government Ambassadors For Citizen Engagement

By Mark Drapeau
October 13, 2009

To the average person, government is represented by an anonymous person on the other end of the phone, a pile of mandatory paperwork, and perhaps at best a friendly neighborhood postal carrier. If you ask the average American not living inside the Beltway to name a single individual who works in the federal government, how would they reply? My guess...


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