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Slides from my UMB presentation

As you may have heard, I gave a keynote presentation on Wednesday at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s “@Hand Symposium on Mobile Technologies in Medicine and Academia.” It’s not something I’ve done a lot of, but feedback has been positive. I’m still waiting to see the audience evaluations, though.

I understand the whole symposium was streamed live on the Web–something I didn’t know until after the fact. I also wasn’t aware that there was a video camera in the room, since it apparently was hidden in the same drop-down compartment that holds the video projector.

UMB is in the process of archiving the video and will make it available for streaming on the symposium site, probably sometime next week. In the meantime, here is a PDF of my slides.

Thanks to Hello Health co-founder Dr. Sean Khozin, Dr. Andrew Barbash of Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., Peter Waegemann of the mHealth Initiative, Dr. Steven Lane and Dr. Enoch Choi of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Michele Guthrie of the West Wireless Healthcare Institute and Joyce Lofstrom of HIMSS for providing me with photos and graphics for the presentation. And, of course, a big thanks to the staff of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library for inviting me. Unfortunately, the library’s executive director, M.J. Tooey, was stranded in Italy thanks to the cloud of volcanic ash that covered much of Europe this week.

April 22, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Nitpicking? Nah, the legal technicalities are important here

I received an e-mail this week about “a mobile technology platform that just announced its full HIPAA/HITECH compliancy.”

I’d like to know, how exactly can technology be HIPAA-compliant? Technology can’t be a covered entity or a business associate, and therefore isn’t subject to HIPAA, right?

April 16, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

New West Wireless CMO has interesting family ties

I just interviewed Dr. Joe Smith, the new chief medical and science officer of the West Wireless Health Institute in La Jolla, Calif. Although his background is in engineering and pharma, he’s got good genes for someone moving into health IT. His sister is Stephanie Reel, CIO of Johns Hopkins University.

April 7, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review: Reform edition

Though I don’t really think the “historic,” recently enacted legislation on health insurance is true “reform,” the latest edition of Health Wonk Review, hosted by Rich Elmore at Healthcare Technology News, focuses on this subject. (Elmore has several images of pigs flying. I’ll have more later on why I don’t think this is such a landmark event.)

My column in FierceHealthIT about the implications for health IT with Don Berwick being chosen to head CMS is one of the posts reviewed. I guess that makes me a wonk.

April 1, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.