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Change is hard. Adherence is harder.

By Julie Steele
March 5, 2014

If you’ve ever tried to count calories, go on a diet, start a new exercise program, change your sleep patterns, spend less time sitting, or make any other type of positive health change, then you know how difficult it is …

Using Big Data and Game Play to Improve Mental Fitness

By Bonnie Feldman
January 29, 2014

This article was written together with Ellen M. Martin and Melinda Speckmann. Games have been part of human culture for millennia. It is no surprise that elements of play can be powerful digital tools to grab our attention and keep …

Upward Mobility: 3 Unanswered Questions About Mobile Technology

By James Turner
December 9, 2013

I spend a lot of time on this blog focused on the very short term issues regarding mobile. Is Apple better than Android. Will Blackberry survive? What’s the best strategy in Candy Crush? But sometimes you need to pull up to …

Quantified Self to Essential Self: mind and body as partners in health

By Linda Stone
December 6, 2013

“What are you tracking?” This is the conversation at Quantified Self (QS) meetups. The Quantified Self movement celebrates “self-knowledge through numbers.” In our current love affair with QS, we tend to focus on data and the mind. Technology helps manage and …

Ticking all the boxes for a health care upgrade at Strata Rx

By Andy Oram
October 7, 2013

Here’s what we all know: that a data-rich health care future is coming our way. And what it will look like, in large outlines. Health care reformers have learned that no single practice will improve the system. All of the …

A Patient a Day Keeps the Doctor in Play

By O'Reilly Strata
September 25, 2013

By Julie Yoo, Chief Product Officer at Kyruus Once upon a time, a world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey, was summoned by the President when the Shah of Iran, a figure of political and strategic importance, fell ill with an enlarged …

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 …

Four short links: 24 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Measuring Heart Rate with a Smartphone Camera — not yet realtime, but promising sensor development. iBeacons — low-power, short-distance location monitoring beacons. Any iOS device that supports Bluetooth Low Energy can become an iBeacon, and can detect other iBeacons when …

Big Data and Health Care

By Julie Steele
September 10, 2013

A week or two ago, I got to correspond with Danielle Brooks of Disruptive Women in Health Care about the work I do here at O’Reilly. The following interview is reprinted here with their kind permission. Tell us about your …

The Role of Big Data in Personalizing the Healthcare Experience: Mobile

By Bonnie Feldman
September 1, 2013

This article was written with Ellen M. Martin and Tobi Skotnes. Dr. Feldman will deliver a webinar on this topic on September 18 and will speak about it at the Strata Rx conference. Cheaper, faster, better technology is enabling nearly …

Do we have to worry about re-identification attacks upon our health data?

By Khaled El Emam
August 7, 2013

Databases of health data are widely shared among researchers and for commercial purposes, and they are even put online in order to promote health research and data-driven health app development, so preserving the privacy of patients is critical. But are …

Data sharing drives diagnoses and cures, if we can get there (part 2)

By Andy Oram
April 29, 2013

Editor’s note: Earlier this week, Part 1 of this article described Sage Bionetworks, a recent Congress they held, and their way of promoting data sharing through a challenge. Data sharing is not an unfamiliar practice in genetics. Plenty of cell …

Data sharing drives diagnoses and cures, if we can get there (part 1)

By Andy Oram
April 29, 2013

The glowing reports we read of biotech advances almost cause one’s brain to ache. They leave us thinking that medical researchers must command the latest in all technological tools. But the engines of genetic and pharmaceutical innovation are stuttering for …

A Day at the 2013 Genomes, Environments and Traits Conference

By James Turner
April 26, 2013

The GET (Genomes, Environments and Traits) conference is a confluence of parties interested in the advances being made in human genomes, the measurement of how the environment impacts individuals, and how the two come together to produce traits.  Sponsored by …

Six lifestyle hacks for this year

By Alistair Croll
April 4, 2013

The last three years haven’t been very healthy. In addition to raising a new daughter, I’ve been launching Strata and Startupfest and working with Ben Yoskovitz on Lean Analytics. It’s been rewarding, and fun, but it hasn’t been good for my …

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 …

Software that keeps an eye on Grandma

By Jon Bruner
November 21, 2012

Much of health care — particularly for the elderly — is about detecting change, and, as the mobile health movement would have it, computers are very good at that. Given enough sensors, software can model an individual’s behavior patterns and …

Software that keeps an eye on Grandma

By Jon Bruner
November 15, 2012

Much of health care — particularly for the elderly — is about detecting change, and, as the mobile health movement would have it, computers are very good at that. Given enough sensors, software can model an individual’s behavior patterns and …

Data science in the natural sciences

By Chris Wiggins
November 12, 2012

I find myself having conversations recently with people from increasingly diverse fields, both at Columbia and in local startups, about how their work is becoming “data-informed” or “data-driven,” and about the challenges posed by applied computational statistics or big data. …

Balancing health privacy with innovation will rely on improving informed consent

By Alex Howard
August 23, 2012

Society is now faced with how to balance the privacy of the individual patient with the immense social good that could come through great health data sharing. Making health data more open and fluid holds both the potential to be …

Hawaii and health care: A small state takes a giant step forward

By Ann Waldo
August 21, 2012

In an era characterized by political polarization and legislative stalemate, the tiny state of Hawaii has just demonstrated extraordinary leadership. The rest of the country should now recognize, applaud, and most of all, learn from Hawaii’s accomplishment. Hawaii enacted a …

Solving the Wanamaker problem for health care

By O'Reilly Radar
August 14, 2012

By Tim O’Reilly, Julie Steele, Mike Loukides and Colin Hill “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.” — Jeff Hammerbacher, early Facebook employee “Work on stuff that matters.” — Tim O’Reilly In …

StrataRx: Data science and health(care)

StrataRx: Data science and health(care)
By Mike Loukides
August 3, 2012

By Mike Loukides and Jim Stogdill We are launching a conference at the intersection of health, health care, and data. Why? Our health care system is in crisis. We are experiencing epidemic levels of obesity, diabetes, and other preventable conditions …

Why microchips in pills matter

By Fred Trotter
August 2, 2012

Earlier this week, Proteus announced that they have been approved by the FDA to market their ingestible microchips for pills. Generally, the FDA approval process for devices that are totally new like this is a painful one, with much suffering. So …

Esther Dyson on health data, “preemptive healthcare” and the next big thing

By Alex Howard
July 26, 2012

If we look ahead to the next decade, it’s worth wondering whether the way we think about health and healthcare will have shifted. Will healthcare technology be a panacea? Will it drive even higher costs, creating a broader divide between …

Health records support genetics research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Andy Oram
June 26, 2012

Michael Italia from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the tools and methods his team uses to manage health care data.

Health records support genetics research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Andy Oram
June 26, 2012

Michael Italia from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the tools and methods his team uses to manage health care data.

Four short links: 11 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 11, 2012

When Code Can Kill or Cure (The Economist) -- I've linked to the dangers of closed source devices before, but this caught my eye: "In the 1990s we developed an excellent radiation-therapy treatment-planning system and tried to give it away to other clinics," says Dr Mackie. "But when we were told by the FDA that we should get our...

Four short links: 1 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 1, 2012

BeWell App (Google Play) -- continuously tracks user behaviors along three key health dimensions without requiring any user input — the user simply downloads the app and uses the phone as usual. Finally, someone tracking my behaviour for my own good. Met 3D -- the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts its first 3d printing and scanning hackathon. [O]n June...

Top Stories: May 21-25, 2012

Top Stories: May 21-25, 2012
By Mac Slocum
May 25, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how data, privacy and shared services are driving the White House's new digital government plan; Jim Stogdill examined the fine line between obsessive personal tracking and an open-ended approach to motivation; and author John Ferrara discussed gaming's role in cultural transformation.

What do mHealth, eHealth and behavioral science mean for the future of healthcare?

By Alex Howard
May 21, 2012

We're just at the beginning of discovering how to best develop and utilize mobile technology to improve the health of individuals and the public, says Dr. Audie Atienza.

What do mHealth, eHealth and behavioral science mean for the future of healthcare?

By Alex Howard
May 21, 2012

We're just at the beginning of discovering how to best develop and utilize mobile technology to improve the health of individuals and the public, says Dr. Audie Atienza.

How to start a successful business in health care at Health 2.0 conference

By Andy Oram
May 16, 2012

Great piles of cash are descending on entrepreneurs who develop health care apps, but that doesn't make it any easier to create a useful one that your audience will adopt. About the Spring Fling conference, enterpreneurship, and open data.

Top Stories: April 23-27, 2012

Top Stories: April 23-27, 2012
By Mac Slocum
April 27, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Etsy's Mike Brittain explained how to allow for graceful website failures, the organizers of Big Data Week examined Europe's data scene, and author Max Kanat-Alexander discussed the considerable benefits of simple code.

Fitness for geeks

By Brian Sawyer
April 26, 2012

Programmers who spend 14 hours a day in front of a computer know how hard it is to step away from the cubicle. But as "Fitness for Geeks" author Bruce Perry notes in this podcast, getting fit doesn't need to be daunting.

Fitness for geeks

Fitness for geeks
By Brian Sawyer
April 26, 2012

Programmers who spend 14 hours a day in front of a computer know how hard it is to step away from the cubicle. But as "Fitness for Geeks" author Bruce Perry notes in this podcast, getting fit doesn't need to be daunting.

The rise of programmable self

By Fred Trotter
January 11, 2012

Taking a cue from the Quantified Self movement, the programmable self is the combination of a digital motivation hack with a digital system that tracks behavior. Here's a look at companies and projects relevant to the programmable self space.

The rise of programmable self

By Fred Trotter
January 11, 2012

Taking a cue from the Quantified Self movement, the programmable self is the combination of a digital motivation hack with a digital system that tracks behavior. Here's a look at companies and projects relevant to the programmable self space.

Visualization of the Week: Running for a year

By Audrey Watters
September 16, 2011

A year's worth of Nike+ running data from the streets of New York, London and Tokyo was collected and visualized.

Report from Open Source convention health track, 2011

By Andy Oram
July 30, 2011

OSCon shows that open source health care, although it hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, already inspires a passionate and highly competent community.

Report from Open Source convention health track, 2011

By Andy Oram
July 30, 2011

OSCon shows that open source health care, although it hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, already inspires a passionate and highly competent community.

Open source personal health record: no need to open Google Health

By Andy Oram
July 26, 2011

Calls to "make Google Health open source" miss the point. Here are some bona fide open source projects in personal health records and electronic health records.

Open source personal health record: no need to open Google Health

By Andy Oram
July 26, 2011

Calls to "make Google Health open source" miss the point. Here are some bona fide open source projects in personal health records and electronic health records.

popHealth open source software permits viewing and reporting of quality measures in health care

By Andy Oram
July 11, 2011

popHealth culls quality measures from electronic health records and formats them either for convenient display--so providers can review their quality measures on the Web--or for submission to regulators who require reports on these measures.

Open source personal health record: no need to open Google Health

By Andy Oram
June 28, 2011

Calls to "make Google Health open source" miss the point. Here are some bona fide open source projects in personal health records and electronic health records.

Open source personal health record: no need to open Google Health

Open source personal health record: no need to open Google Health
By Andy Oram
June 28, 2011

Calls to "make Google Health open source" miss the point. Here are some bona fide open source projects in personal health records and electronic health records.

Parsing a new Pew report: 3 ways the Internet is shaping healthcare

By Alex Howard
May 12, 2011

New research from the Pew Internet and Life Project sheds light on how online users are gathering and sharing health data. Here's a look at three important trends revealed in the survey.

Health care projects could yield templates for tackling big problems

By Brian Ahier
February 23, 2011

U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra on how the transparent process that led to the Direct Project could serve as a template for solving other problems.

Health 2.0 / MAKE Developer Challenge happening this weekend in Boston

By Andrew Odewahn
February 16, 2011

The Health 2.0 / MAKE Developer Challenge is happening this weekend, Feb 19th, in Boston. If you haven't signed up already, register now, because it's filling up fast.

Health IT and the path toward better care and lower costs

By Brian Ahier
September 10, 2010

Health 2.0 marked the opening of its Northwest chapter with a panel discussion that looked at how health technologies can improve patient care and reduce costs. Brian Ahiera offers a rundown on the panelists and their key points.


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