Health Informatics Videos

I’m collecting as many videos and presentations as I can find and uploading them to my new Ning website:

Take a look and if there’s a cool video you know about, feel free to add it on. If you are already a Ning user, log in and click ‘Add a Video’.

Should HIPAA Extend to Include HealthVault and Google Health PHRs?

Interesting commentary on the New England Journal of Medicine article about new commercial PHRs published in the NYT:

In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient records.

The authors, Dr. Kenneth D. Mandl and Dr. Isaac S. Kohane, are longtime proponents of the benefits of electronic patient records to improve care and help individuals make smarter health decisions.

But their concern, stated in the article published Wednesday and in an interview, is that the medical profession and policy makers have not begun to grapple with the implications of companies like Microsoft and Google becoming the hosts for vast stores of patient information.

The arrival of these new corporate entrants, the authors write, promises to bring “a seismic change” in the control and stewardship of patient information.


Google Android $10m Competition

Google have announced a $10 million fund for new Google Android apps. Lots of potential for medical apps – portable EMRs and PHRs, drug references, etc…

If you haven’t seen Google Android yet:

EHR 2.0

I recently recieved an email from Vitaly Latush about his EHR 2.0 concept:

 Recently I came up with a new EHR concept; I have published a white paper that outlines an alternative approach to implementing a nation-wide, easily accessible electronic health record solution based on the “publish – discover” paradigm successfully used on the global scale to manage immense volumes of non-integrated information available through the Internet. The concept is called EHR 2.0 (alternatively EMR 2.0). It helps to answer the following important questions:

  • How can we reduce significantly the complexity and cost of medical data integration?
  • How can we provide an easily accessible and updatable EHR master copy while minimizing limitations imposed on health care service providers regarding patient information management systems they use and the way they store patient data?
  • How can we reduce health care service providers’ transition costs?

Here is the link to my blog post related to the topic:

and direct link to the white paper: 2.0 %28EMR 2.0%29 – new Electronic Health Record concept.pdf

WorldVistA EHRTM VOE/ 1.0 Available

January 31, 2008 – WorldVistA announces the release and availability of WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0, the only open source EHR that meets Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 is based on and compatible with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) world renowned EHR, VistA®.

The foundation for WorldVistA EHR was developed as part of the VistA-Office EHR (VOE) project, a collaborative effort funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The overall goal of the project was to encourage the broader adoption and effective use of EHRs among physicians by making an affordable, robust, proven EHR solution alternative available.

After completion of the VOE project, WorldVistA made additional enhancements and successfully submitted WorldVistA EHR for certification by CCHIT. As a CCHIT Certified product, WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician’s office), interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and security (ability to keep patients’ information safe).

WorldVistA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is furthering the cause of affordable healthcare information technology worldwide by advocating, championing, and employing the open source paradigm to expand the use and collaborative improvement of the VistA electronic health record. WorldVistA seeks to facilitate and enable global adoption of VistA solutions thorough technology transfer, education and training services. WorldVistA manages and supports the open, collaborative, peer reviewed development and enhancement of VistA and WorldVistA EHR. WorldVistA EHR is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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For more information about WorldVistA EHR, or to schedule an interview:

Primary Contact: Joseph Dal Molin, VP Business Development
Tel.: (416) 232-1206
Contact: Maury Pepper, Chair
Tel.: (314) 540-7815


Details on WorldVistA EHR and download URL:

WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 and CCHIT certification:

GNU General Public License:

Scoble Interveiws Christopher Longhurst

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Robert Scoble and Christopher Longhurst chat about Electronic Health Records at Stanford. They discuss the importants of standards and interoperability of medical devices. Great video!

Link to the post on Scobleizer

Link to a shorter version of the interview