My Tenuous EHR Workflow Content Curation Connection to Anthony D. Weiner

I never thought I’d write a blog post with a title mentioning Anthony D. Weiner. I saw a story about him in the New York Times. The first paragraph mentioned his helping an EMR company. So I tweeted the following tweet.

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The mentioned EMR company rang a bell. Ahh! I remember them. Last year I got a Google alert for EMR and workflow. I found a blog post (see below, my content in red and vendor name blurred) describing a white paper I wrote in 2003 (Could You Do Me a Favor? “Electronic Medical Record Workflow Management: The Workflow of Workflow”) . For a decade it’s been at the top of the first page of search results returned by Google for the search terms EMR and workflow. The problem is, the blog post didn’t attribute the content to me. And it didn’t provide a link back to my white paper. I was a bit miffed.

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Even the workflow wordle comes another of my blog posts. It comes from my The High-Performance Medical Home and Pediatric and Primary Care EMR Workflow Systems: Key Ideas. Again, not attributed. Not linked.

And then I just forgot about it. Until now. Coincidently, I recently saw an excellent presentation about Content Curation. Here are the key tweets. But the tweet I will focus on is the last one, about Curation Ethics. Hmm. I feel a teachable moment coming on…

Lisa Rhodes of @VerneGlobal and Pawan Deshpande (@TweetsFromPawan) of Curata (@Curata) gave an excellent overview of curating content on the web as a powerful form of marketing.

They quoted Rohit Bhargava (@rohitbhargava):

“A Content Curator is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online.”

Great definition!

And there was this, Content Curation & Fair Use. Let’s see how the blog post fares!

First of all, let me direct to you the blog post referenced by the slide.

Content Curation & Fair Use: 5 Rules to being an Ethical Content Curator

The following summarizes the five rules.

  1. Do not reproduce article in entirety.
  2. Limit yourself to articles directly relevant to your audience.
  3. Prominently identify source of article.
  4. Link to original source of article.
  5. Provide context/commentary for the material you use.

OK. The blog post did not reproduce my white paper in entirety. Check!

It limited itself (to the best of my knowledge) to my one white paper (well, plus the wordle from another of my blog posts). Check.

The blog post *does not* prominently identify my white paper or me. X! (Zzzzz! )

The blog post *does not* link to the original source of the blog post content. X! (Zzzzz! )

And did the blog post provide additional valuable valuable context and commentary? I don’t think so either.

I briefly considered contacting the blog author or EHR sponsor, but just didn’t think it was worth the effort. I was also irritated when that blog post displaced my white paper from the pole position in Google. But, I believed, correctly as it turns out, that Google would eventually figure out which content was a paraphrase of which content and which predated which. I’m back on top! At least for the moment, it’s a bit like playing the game King of the Hill, SEO-wise.

By the way, I intentionally did not mention in *this* blog post the EHR vendor associated with *that* blog post. That’s not its point.

Thank you for giving something to write about, Anthony D. Weiner.

P.S. Yes. I *am* aware of the irony. I used content without attributing it. If the author or sponsoring EHR vendor were to contact me, I’d be delighted to prominently attribute its source and provide a link to it. 🙂

New Post on HCBPM.com: AppianWorld 2012 Trip Report, Just In Time For AppianWorld 2013 (Plus Ten Questions)

I published a new, and quite lengthy, blog post on my Healthcare Business Process Management blog. Check it out!

AppianWorld 2012 Trip Report, Just In Time For AppianWorld 2013 (Plus Ten Questions)

May 23rd I’m Giving a Free Webinar “The Power of Process” on Workflow Automation, BPM and Healthcare

[The webinar is now past, but you can watch it on YouTube! Chuck Webster MD on “The Power of Process: Workflow, BPM & Healthcare” A Webinar.]

Process-aware technology is invading healthcare by many routes. Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and Language technologies promise to transform healthcare information management for the better. What do they all have in common? I argue it’s behind-the-scenes workflow automation.

Less behind-the-scenes (in other industries) is business process management’s mighty combo of workflow engine, process definition, and graphical editor. Investment in BPM tech is predicted to grow at three times the rate as other industries, mostly because they’ve invested so much already, while healthcare has not.

On May 23rd, at 12:00 noon (EST), I’ve been given a bully pulpit to proselytize for process-aware information systems in healthcare. Thank you FormFast! By the way, FormFast is a POW!HIT! profile (POW!(er)HIT!(tter)?) on my EHRworkflow.com website extension to my Twitter @wareflo account.

My 45-minute portion of “The Power of Process” is a general introduction (not product-specific) to process-aware workflow management systems and business process management systems in healthcare.

I want to make “The Power of Process” as social as possible. If you follow me on Twitter (or are on Twitter and don’t follow me, for that matter) please let me know you signed up, and then just before the webinar begins. I’ll tweet a shout out!

Below is the webinar description and link to register.

My updated “poster” with three slides!:

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My original “poster”:

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Register for “The Power of Process”, part of the FormFast Educational Webinar Series

The Power of Process

As healthcare organizations seek to maximize quality and protect revenue, they have discovered that simply investing in new technologies is not enough to get the results they require. It’s imperative that hospital leaders go the extra mile to analyze and improve the processes that drive the hospital.

Meaningful process improvement can be achieved through workflow automation and business process management (BPM), and their benefits aren’t just limited to clinical areas of the hospital. By automating tasks across the enterprise including supporting and operational processes, the hospital could realize significant cost savings and reduction in liability.

Join us for a free web event featuring healthcare thought leader Charles Webster, MD as he shares his insights into ways hospital leaders can take the next steps toward complete automation.

  • In this webinar, we’ll explore:
  • The need for workflow/BPM in healthcare
  • How other verticals are using these technologies to their benefit
  • Use cases in the clinical space
  • Use cases concerning supporting/operational processes
  • First steps to implementing workflow/BPM

About our Featured Speaker

Charles Webster, MD, MSIE, MSIS is a prolific thought leader in the health and health IT space. Noted by Healthcare IT News as one of the most important bloggers in the healthcare IT community and one of the most active health IT leaders on Twitter, Chuck is known to have his finger on the pulse of the healthcare industry. At the recent HIMSS conference in New Orleans his @EHRworkflow Twitter account was the top influencer on Twitter. You can read his blog, EHR Workflow Management Systems, at http://ChuckWebster.com and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wareFLO.

With degrees in Accountancy, Industrial Engineering, Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Medicine, Dr. Webster’s wide range of expertise gives him a unique and comprehensive view into the healthcare sector. He designed the first undergraduate program in Medical Informatics, was CMIO for an EHR vendor, and wrote the first three award-winning case studies submitted for the HIMSS Davies Award for EHR Ambulatory Excellence. Chuck writes about healthcare workflow and related and unrelated topics from @wareFLO on Twitter, ChuckWebster.com, and DMV: the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

Eliminating Medical Error #TEDMED #GreatChallenges Workshop Annotated Twanscript

On Friday, April 19th, I was one of 20 TEDMED Social Media Narrators assigned to twenty Great Challenges workshops. I was assigned to, and live-tweeted from, Eliminating Medical Errors. Here are my tweets. I’ve changed their order to reflect common themes and annotated where necessary or useful. There were lots of retweets from folks not in the workshop or at TEDMED, and lots of replies too.

First off, here we are! Can you spot me?

And here is the final workshop statement. (I told you I was going to change the order of the tweets. This way if you don’t read this whole post, you’ll still have gotten the maximum value for your effort thus far. By the way, this is called a “greedy algorithm” in computer science.)

A message to my Twitter followers so they have an inkling of why I am suddenly flooding their Twitter stream with tweets about #MedicalError…

The Eliminating Medical Errors workshop was first addressed by Helen Haskell, the founder of Mothers Against Medical Error. Her Twitter account is @HHask.

The following was an interesting comment: “Don’t let get ‘baked’ into EHRs.” It was said in passing, as part of list of calls for government action, technological innovation, and then the “baked” in comment. I believe, though cannot be sure, this was a reference to published reports of medical error due to EHR (mis-)design, (mis-)implementation, and (mis-)use. I’ll not revisit that debate here, except to note that, on the whole, I’d describe workshop participants as cautiously optimistic about the potential for electronic health records to reduce medical error. But they also recognized the potential for EHRs to be part of the problem too.

The following clump of tweets revolves around the theme of design, transparency and incentives.

Excuse the typo in the following tweet. I meant, “Transparency is Transformative.” I’m guessing the RTers figured that out. Or maybe not! Maybe there is transparency in transformation…

Well, you get the idea! Feel free to browse the rest of the tweets. I enjoyed the whole experience immensely.

Thank you TEDMED!

Post-TEDMED Ruminations About Social Media, Workflow, HatCam Interviews and SMACWL

I usually write a comprehensive trip report in which I try to synthesize major themes. But many folks beat me to that punch, and did great jobs to boot. So I refer you to the following blog posts about patients, data, and big ideas.

This post is mostly a place to reminisce about my experience as a “Social Medial Narrator” at TEDMED (I Received Social Media Credentials to Cover 2013 TEDMED!), include some of my increasingly notorious HatCam One-Minute Interviews (“Hey! You’re the HatCam guy!), and talk about SMACWL tech (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, Workflow and Language technologie) as it relates to TEDMED’s “The Hive” showcase of healthy IT startups.

Speaking of HatCam, there it is, that little black dot hovering just above my right eye, attached to a red ball cap. I tweeted out One-Minute Video interviews during TEDMED. Their tweets are embedded at the end of this blog post.

As I put it just before TEDMED…

And there certainly were! Below I compare #TEDMED and #HIMSS13 Twitter statistics. Over roughly the same duration, three-and-a-half days, #TEDMED garnered more people generating more tweets and impressions (about the same number of tweets per person and less than half the number of tweets per hour — no, I don’t know how to reconcile that!).

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I was one of 20 (“The Tweetin’ Twenty!”) TEDMED Great Challenge Social Media Narrators. I contributed 243 tweets on the #TEDMED hashtag (putting me in the top ten most prolific tweeters) and 80 tweets on the #GreatChallenges hashtag. Most of these latter tweets were during the Eliminating Medical Errors workshop to which I was assigned.

Funny thing about walking around, as I did, with a camera on my head. It attracted what Ervin Goffman, a famous micro-sociologist, called “civil inattention”. Unlike HIMSS, where the reaction was “Cool! You’ve got a camera on your head!” at TEDMED the reaction was “(I’m ignoring the camera on your head because nothing here surprises me and I’m sure you have a good reason for wearing it there.)” On the other hand, I could march up to anyone, any booth, into any workshop, and say: “I’m one of twenty TEDMED social media narrators. Do you mind if I…” and each and every time the crowd would part like the Red Sea.

There was an interesting episode in the Eliminating Medical Error workshop. I was typing away. My netbook has LOUD keys. Tickety-Tickety-Tickety. And I’m tweeting about some very emotional and sad stuff. Folks not even attending the workshop, or TEDMED for that matter, are retweeting and replying to me. I’m retweeting, replying, viewing links, as appropriate. And then I clicked on a link to a very loud video. And my netbook’s sound was at max. And everyone in the workshop stopped and turned around a looks at me.

I turned a bit red and explained that as I’m tweeting zeitgeist I’m getting lots of reactions. Sympathetic tweets. Outraged tweets. Tweets to blog posts with similar stories. And that I’d just clicked on a link to a video someone tweeted to me. No, I hadn’t wandering off and surfed irrelevant material.

Tickety-Tickety-Tickety. I definitely got the feeling that folks were aware of me, aware I was tweeting, aware the workshop discussants had a world-wide audience. (I included the above tweet to make the point. The sound of people tapping on laptop keys really is a kind of applause.) At one point, someone paused, looked at me, and said, dramatically, “Don’t tweet what I’m about to say.” (No, I won’t tell you.) Kinda like when the judge says to a stenographer, “Strike that from the record!”

At another point I felt the need to shift from dispassionate reporter to contributing participant. I timidly raised my hand among several. There was an intense discussion going on. The excellent workshop leader interrupted the discussion, ignored others whose hands went up before mine, and said, “Is there something urgent on social media?” (in a sincere, not sarcastic tone). I felt sort of bad to disappoint everyone, “No, I just wanted to add a thought to the discussion….”

About SMACWL. (TEDMED “The Hive” Companies and The Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, Workflow and Language Technologies) These are my mental keywords I use to categorize, sort, and aggregate interesting startups and technologies. Twenty-three of the companies that TEDMED showcased in “The Hive” ended up with SMACWL profiles in the EHRworkflow.com website. I had lots of fun tweeting links to these #SMACWL profiles and the online interactions that followed.

Two observations about the twenty-three companies for which I created profiles. First, every one of SMACWL categories ended up with at least a couple startups — except language tech! Companies focusing on natural language processing (the engineering) and computational linguistics (the science) weren’t represented. I’m not sure what to make of this. Natural language processing systems rely on machine learning applied to massive amounts of natural language text. Natural language processing (and speech recognition) make possible different and innovative user interfaces for both clinicians and patients. It will be interesting to compare next year’s TEDMED “The Hive” companies with this years in this respect.

The second observation is about workflow. Since I tweet about healthcare workflow (closing in on 20,000 tweets!) and blog about healthcare workflow (over 200 posts on this blog), I’m always looking for the workflow angle. The two TEDMED “The Hive” companies that stood out, to me, in this regard are Starling and Sense Health:

In each case I dug around their website to pull out the bit that I think should interest folks who follow me or read my blog because they are interested in workflow technology in healthcare. Interesting stuff! Love to hear your thoughts!

Finally, here are my HatCam One-Minute Interviews (including one of me, hat in hand, literally).

I arrived at The Kennedy Center before 7:00 AM on the 19th. And promptly “HatCam’ed” myself. Where’s the hat? It’s in my hand!

First thing, I had to get some One-Minute Interviews tweeted:

Not sure why the above YouTube preview doesn’t auto-expand, so here is a photo to show you how nice and friendly Pat Salber appears and is!

Hmm. I wonder if Google Glass will make my HatCam obsolete. Eventually, I suppose, my HatCam might become like a hood ornament (my “brand”, so to speak) or the figurehead on a ship (menacing evil spirits and conveying my wealth and power 🙂 ).

Thank you for reading (or at least, skipping) to the very end of this piece!

As always, yours truly, and you can follow me at…


TEDMED “The Hive” Companies and The Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, Workflow and Language Technologies

I am so impressed with all of the companies showcased in TEDMED’s The Hive. I looked at every website, read their mission statement, and drilled down into descriptions of their technology. I’ve a partner website at EHRworkflow.com where I profile interesting companies. What do I mean by interesting? Well, I’ve got an acronym to guide me: SMACWL. It’s not the most elegant acronym, but at least it pronounceable and memorable. It rhymes with “spackle”, with which I am all too familiar. It’s used to repair holes in walls!

You may already be familiar with SMAC. It stands for Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud technologies. I add Workflow and Language technologies because, well, that’s what I write and tweet about. Workflow and language technologies are not well understood in healthcare. However, they are diffusing into healthcare at an increasing rate. And the associated technologies that are bringing them in? SMAC.

Just like HIMSS13, where I looked at every exhibitor website (almost 1200!) and selected a subset of companies with great workflow and language technology stories, I looked at all 50 companies in TEDMED’s The Hive. Twenty-three of these slotted very nicely into my SMACWL “funnel” diagram on EHRworkflow.com (companion to my @EHRworkflow Twitter account). So, just like I added POW!HIT! Profiles, I added SMACWL Profiles.

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I am sure these companies are bound for greatness. I’ll hear more about them. I created these SMACWL profiles so I have a place to put news, links, and content about these rising stars.

Thank you to TEDMED for performing an excellent job of finding and vetting them!

Check out what I’ve added so far. Most recent profiles are listed first in each category.

P.S. Since many companies span more than one category, how do I deal with that? Most startups these days rely on the cloud. But I don’t put a startup in the cloud category unless it’s that startup’s most compelling value proposition. To some extent, it’s arbitrary. But it is usually the case, at least so far, that one dimension or another stands out enough make my assignment at reasonable.

Live-Streamed Photos and Tweets Containing #TEDMED OR #GreatChallenges

If you’re not on Twitter, but would still like to read thoughts and watch photos from tweets containing the #TEDMED and #GreatChallenges hashtags, you came to the right blog post. If you *are* on Twitter, but know someone who isn’t, send them this blog post! Be sure to tell them your Twitter handle so they can watch for you. You may also be interested in List of 1200+ TEDMEDLive Sites Hosting 2013 TEDMED Simucasts (so you can tweet at them!), Live-Streamed Tweets From 2013 TEDMED’s “The Hive” Startups and Entrepreneurs, and I Received Social Media Credentials to Cover 2013 TEDMED!

(It should refresh automatically as new tweets post. It’s a pretty decent Twitter client! I like how it auto-expands tweets containing photos. None of my other clients do this. So, while I originally intended this post for people who aren’t on Twitter, I find it convenient to leave it open on my desktop.)


Live-Streamed Tweets and Photos From 2013 #TEDMED’s “The Hive” Startups and Entrepreneurs

If you’re not on Twitter, but would still like to read thoughts and watch photos from tweets posted by 88+ startups and entrepreneurs participating in “The Hive” at TEDMED, you came to the right blog post. If you *are* on Twitter, but know someone who isn’t, send them this blog post! If you’re in “The Hive” be sure to tell them your Twitter handle so they can watch for you. You may also be interested in List of 1200+ TEDMEDLive Sites Hosting 2013 TEDMED Simucasts (so you can tweet at them!), Live-Streamed Tweets Containing #TEDMED OR #GreatChallenges, and I Received Social Media Credentials to Cover 2013 TEDMED!

(It should refresh automatically as new tweets post. It’s a pretty decent Twitter client! I like how it auto-expands tweets containing photos. None of my other clients do this. So, while I originally intended this post for people who aren’t on Twitter, I find it convenient to leave it open on my desktop.)


Awesome List of 1200+ TEDMEDLive Sites Hosting 2013 #TEDMED Simucasts

I am awed by the list of organizations hosting TEDMEDLive this year! A worthy endeavor might have been to list corresponding Twitter accounts. Too much work! But, if you see your alma mater, workplace, partner, or simply an organization you admire, copy their name, proceed to Twitter’s search page, find them and tweet them! You may also be interested in Live-Streamed Tweets From 2013 TEDMED’s “The Hive” Startups and Entrepreneurs, Live-Streamed Tweets Containing #TEDMED OR #GreatChallenges, and I Received Social Media Credentials to Cover 2013 TEDMED!

https://twitter.com/search-home

  • 7th Medical Group
  • 256ideas
  • 1800Contacts
  • Aavanor Systems
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Abbott Nutrition
  • ABC Group
  • ABI Research
  • Abnology
  • Academic Edge
  • Academy of Sciences of Nicaragua
  • Accenture
  • Active Living By Design
  • Acuative
  • Acuo Technologies
  • Adams 12 School District
  • Adobe
  • Advanced Technical Solutions
  • Aeris Communications
  • Aetna
  • African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN)
  • Agency for Health Care Administration
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Airforce
  • Alaska Public Health Association
  • Albany Medical College
  • Albemarle Health
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alegent Creighton Health
  • Alembic Health Communications
  • Algerie Telecom
  • Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)
  • Aligning Forces for Quality, South Central PA
  • Allegan General Hospital
  • Allegheny College
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Alliance for Health Reform
  • Alliance University
  • Allscripts
  • AMCEP
  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • American Dental Education Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Nurse Association
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Red Cross
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
  • American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine
  • APA Family Support Services
  • Arabi Enertech
  • Ardent Health Services
  • ARGO
  • Argusoft
  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern University
  • Arizona Senior Academy
  • Arizona State University
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Arrow S3
  • Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region
  • Artio Global Investors
  • Ascendian Healthcare Consulting
  • Asomezon Asociacion Medicos
  • Assn of Schools of Public Health / US EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection
  • Associated Medical Schools of New York
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Associazione "Idee di Valore"
  • AT&T
  • AT&T Consulting
  • Atasi Ventures
  • ATHM
  • Atlantic Health System
  • AubynSystems
  • Augusta Health
  • Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
  • Axcess
  • B. McLaughlin & Associates
  • Bahwan IT LLC
  • Ballarat Health Services
  • Baltic & ScanTech
  • Baptist Health
  • Baptist Health System
  • Barcode RFID SYSTEMS
  • Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • BayCare Health System
  • bayer healthcare
  • Baylor Health Care System
  • Baylor University
  • Bay of Plenty District Health Board
  • Baystate Health
  • BC Centre for Ability
  • Beach Cities Health District
  • Beacon Partners
  • Beaumont Health System
  • Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Medicine
  • Bell Canada
  • Benha Students’ Scientific Society (BSSS)
  • Berkeley Eye Center
  • Bhatia Global Hospital
  • BizCare
  • BizPsych of Mines and Associates
  • Black Box Network Services
  • Black Label Movement
  • Block-Solutions
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • BMB
  • Bon Secours Health System
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • British Columbia Patient Safety & Learning System
  • British Telecom
  • Browning Cousineau Corp.
  • Brown University
  • BT Conferencing
  • BT Global Health
  • Burrill & Company
  • Burwood Group
  • Butler Health System
  • C-Change
  • C.L.O.U.D.
  • Cabrini Health
  • CAHIIM
  • California Department of Health Care Services
  • California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California WALKS
  • California Youth Advocacy Network
  • CalOptima
  • Cal State University Northridge
  • Calvert Hall College High School
  • Cambridge Healthcare
  • Cambridge Healthcare Properties
  • Camden Bible Tabernacle
  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  • Canadian Doctors for Medicare
  • Canadian International School
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Cancer Prevention Institute of California
  • Cancer Society of Somalia
  • Cancer Treatement Centers of America
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Capgemini
  • Capitra Clinical Solutions
  • Carabiner Systems
  • CareFusion
  • Care Logistics
  • CarePartners Health Services
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Carpinteria Unified School District
  • Cassowary Concepts
  • Catholic Health Partners
  • CDC
  • CDC-NIOSH-OMSHR
  • CDW
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Cedars-Sinai
  • Cegeka Health Care
  • Center for Comprehensive Care
  • Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy
  • Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of NAS RA
  • Center for Health Care Strategies
  • Center for Mississippi Health Policy
  • Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal
  • Center for Rural Health Innovations
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Kern County Public Health Services
  • ChangeLab Solutions
  • CHAN HEALTHCARE
  • Chase
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Chenango Health Network
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Chesapeake NetCraftsmen
  • Chester River Health System
  • Child & Family Research Institute, Vancouver
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • ChimeNet
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Christus Health
  • Cigna
  • Cincinnati Health Dept
  • Cino Security Solutions
  • Cisco
  • City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X College
  • CitySide Healthcare
  • Clarke County Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • CMS
  • CNS Hospice
  • Coastal Hearing and Balance Center
  • Cognizant
  • College Of American Pathologists
  • College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
  • College of Mount St. Joseph
  • College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Columbia University
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Comcast
  • Commune health center of BUOI
  • CommunicateHealth, Inc.
  • Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County
  • Community Memorial Health System
  • Community Oriented Correctional Health Services
  • Community Solutions/Brownsville Partnership
  • Compnet
  • Compunet
  • Computacion Comunicaciones y Redes S.A.
  • Computer Enhancement Systems
  • Computer Transition Services, Inc.
  • Cone Health
  • Conference Board of Canada
  • ConnectHealthcare
  • connectis AG
  • Continental Resources
  • Continuum Health Partners
  • Cook Childrens Health Care System
  • Cook County Health & Hospital
  • Cooper Clinic PA
  • Cornell University
  • Cornerstone Health Care
  • Cortelco Systems
  • Covenant HealthCare
  • Covenant Health Network
  • Covidien
  • CPS
  • Creighton University, School of Medicine
  • CrossFit Initiative
  • Crossover Health
  • CSUSM School of Nursing
  • CWRU Prevention Research Center
  • Dakota Medical Foundation
  • Danya International
  • Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic
  • DCMWorks
  • Dean Health Plan
  • Dearcroft
  • Delgado Community College
  • Delphi of TeamHealth
  • Department of Managed Health Care
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • DePaul University
  • Dept of Health and Hosp/ Capital Area Human Services District
  • DePuy Synthes Companies, of Johnson & Johnson
  • Des Moines University
  • Diabetes Forecast magazine
  • Diagnostic Clinic of Longview
  • DICS
  • Diversinet
  • DJ Thompson Enterprise
  • Doctors Express, Urgent Care
  • DSM
  • DTH, BAREILLY
  • Duke University
  • Duke University, School of Medicine
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • EaglEyeMed
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
  • East Carolina University, School of Medicine
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Eastern Washington University
  • East Valley Community Health Center
  • Edward Hospital & Health Services
  • Elite Medical Speicalty Clinic
  • El Paso Childrens Hospital
  • Embarkers
  • Emergency Physicians of Tidewater
  • Emmi Solutions
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Emory University
  • Emory University, Center for Ethics
  • Emory University, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Emory Unniversity, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Endoscopy Center
  • Englishyappr.com
  • ENOVING
  • Enventure Foundation
  • ePlus
  • ePlus Technology Inc
  • Escuela Agrícola Panamericana Zamorano
  • ESG
  • Estonian E-health Foundation
  • eTribeca
  • ETSU College of Public Health
  • Evergreen Youth & Family Services
  • Excalibur Healthcare
  • ExteNet Systems
  • Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Faculté de médecine de Fès
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Family Health Alliance
  • Family Service Association
  • FasterCures
  • Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Fiji College of General Practitioners
  • Finger Lakes Technologies
  • First Peak Consulting
  • Fitbit
  • FitLinxx
  • Flagler Hospital
  • Florida Blue
  • Florida Blue, Jacksonville DCC
  • Florida Hospital Orlando
  • Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Florida Office on Disability and Health
  • Florida State University, College of Medicine
  • For Grace
  • Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization
  • Fox Lane High School
  • Free Global Broadcast
  • Fukushima Medical University
  • Fundacion Cardioinfantil
  • Funding Solutions Corporation
  • G2 USA
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
  • Gaitway Health and Hanger
  • GBCHealth
  • GE
  • GE HealthCare
  • GE Healthcare IT
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • GENTING
  • George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services
  • George Mason University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgetown University/TATRC at US Army Medical Research & Materiel Command
  • George Washington University, Master of Public Health
  • Georgia State University, College of Law
  • Get2Work
  • Getronics Mexico
  • Ghalib University
  • Global Health Consulting
  • Global Health Corps
  • Global Technology Resources, Inc
  • GoGoHealth
  • GoldCoast Health IT
  • Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
  • Gollis University
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Goodwill Information Technology
  • Government Contract Solutions
  • GPL Integrated IT
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Grantmakers In Health
  • Grants Pass Clinic
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Greenbridge International
  • Green Country Behavioral Health Services
  • Greenline Synergy
  • Greenville Health System
  • Greenville Heatlh System
  • Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • GR Technologies
  • G Tech
  • Gwinnett Dermatology
  • H3 CompuVision
  • Hacettepe University
  • Halifax Health
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Hands On Telehealth
  • Harbor
  • Harden Healthcare
  • Harvard
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Hawaii Health Information Exchange
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association
  • Hawaii Pacific Health
  • HCA Virginia
  • HCL Technologies Ltd
  • Heal n Cure – Medical Wellness Center
  • Health by Design
  • Health Canada, Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
  • HealthCap Partners
  • Health Care Improvement Foundation
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems
  • Healthcare IT Connect
  • HealthCare Partners
  • Health Communication Network
  • Health Education Council
  • HealthExpense
  • Health First Foundation
  • Health Intelligence Organization
  • Health IT Now
  • HealthMedia
  • HealthPartners
  • Health Protection and Research Organization
  • HealthScape Advisors
  • Health Sciences University of Mongolia
  • Health Service Executive
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • HealthTech Advisors
  • Healthy Adventures Foundation
  • Healthy Memphis Common Table
  • Heartland Innovations
  • Hecht International
  • Heffelfinger Consulting
  • HHS
  • High Impact Technologies
  • Highmark
  • Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc.
  • Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • Holy Redeemer
  • Home Health United
  • Honeywell
  • Hong Kong Housing Society
  • Hospice of the Bluegrass
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe
  • Hospital Sisters Health System
  • Houston Community College
  • Howard University, College of Pharmacy
  • HP
  • Humana
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • icddrb
  • ICF International
  • Icosystem Corporation
  • Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health
  • IIT Madras
  • Ikusi
  • Immaculata University
  • Imperial College London
  • Imperial College London, International Centre for Circulatory Health
  • Improvement Technologies
  • In2IT Technologies
  • Inacomp
  • Incor
  • Independence Plus
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University, School of Medicine
  • Indiana University Health
  • Indian Health Service
  • India Partners
  • Infinity Solutions
  • Info-Systems Consulting
  • Ingenuity
  • Ingram Micro
  • InnerCity Struggle
  • Innosight
  • INNOV8
  • InSight Telepsychiatry
  • Institut de Recherches Médicales et d’Etude des Plantes Médicinales
  • Institute for Alternative Futures
  • Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research
  • Institute for Conflict Related Trauma
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Institute for Human Identity
  • Institute for Safe Families
  • Institute of Medicine
  • Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec
  • Instituto de Cancerologia (INCAN), Guatemala
  • Integrated Healthcare Association
  • Integrated Voice Services
  • INTEGRITYOne Partners
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Internal medicine
  • International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement
  • International Rescue Committee, Tucson
  • International Society for Disease Surveillance
  • Internet2
  • INTRINSECO
  • Iowa Health System
  • iPatient, Inc./Health 2.0 Phoenix Chapter
  • iPrimus
  • Iron Bow
  • Ironcloud
  • ISM Canada
  • ITEUS Corporation
  • iTrend
  • ITTI BOLIVIA S.A.
  • Jackson Health Services
  • Jacobus Consulting
  • Janssen Research & Development, LLC, of Johnson & Johnson
  • Jay S Stanley & Associates
  • Jeanette Shea & Associates LLC
  • Joemsie Tech
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson Group Consulting
  • JSI Research & Training Institute
  • Junior Chamber International (JCI), Iasi
  • Juniper Networks
  • Jvion
  • J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kansas Health Institute
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • KBZ
  • Kemet Productions
  • Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • KIPAC-SLAC, Stanford University
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Knowledge Kartel
  • Kogi State University, Anyigba
  • Kumamoto University
  • L’Ecole de Enfermieres Catherine Seide
  • LabCorp
  • Labnetworx
  • LA County
  • Lafayette College
  • LAFingerhut Consulting
  • Lake-Sumter State College
  • Lakeland Mental Health Center
  • Lancaster General Health
  • Lannet
  • Larimer County Department of Health and Environment
  • LaughMD
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • Leadership for Healthy Communities
  • Leader Surgical Associates and Center
  • LeadingAge
  • Lee Memorial Health System
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc.
  • Level 3 Communications
  • Lifesavers’ Home Health Services
  • LightEdge Solutions
  • Lincoln Intelligence Group
  • Linktech Solutions
  • LIVESTRONG Foundation
  • Logicalis
  • Loma Linda University
  • Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
  • Long View Systems
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Lovelace Healthealth System
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • M1 Limited
  • Madera Community Hospital
  • Magnolia Prime
  • Mahidol University
  • Mahindra Satyam
  • Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Maine Quality Counts
  • Manchester University, College of Pharmacy
  • Marathon Health
  • Maricopa County Department of Public Health
  • Markle Foundation
  • Marshall Medical Center
  • Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Martins Point Healthcare
  • Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
  • Marymount University
  • Mary Washington Hospital
  • Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Maternity Care Coalition
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch
  • McKesson
  • MCM Education
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Medical Doctor
  • Medical Imaging Consultants
  • Medical Trust Hospital
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics
  • Medical University of Warsaw/Connectmedica
  • Medidata
  • Medidata Informatica
  • MedSnap
  • Medsolutions
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital
  • MedStar Health
  • MedStar Institute for Innovation
  • MedTech Media
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • MegaPath
  • Melbourne High School
  • MemorialCare Health System
  • Mercer University, School of Medicine
  • Mercy
  • Mercy health System
  • Mercy Hospital System
  • Meridian Infotech
  • MetroHealth
  • Miami Children’s Hospital
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
  • MicroAccess
  • Micro Purrfect
  • Middlesex University
  • Mindray
  • Ministry Of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minot State University
  • Mission Internal Medical Group
  • Mississippi Public Health Association
  • MITRE
  • MMC
  • MobiHealthNews
  • Modern Health Talk
  • Moi University
  • Montreal Heart Institute
  • Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro)
  • Mooney Boyle Associates
  • Morehead Memorial Hospital
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • MSD
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Mukilteo School District
  • Myriad Computer Solutions
  • NASA
  • NASACI
  • Nash Health Care
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Center for Responsible Gaming
  • National Coalition on Health Care
  • National College of Natural Medicine
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health, National Heart and Lung Blood Institute
  • National Institutes of Health – NIAID
  • National Library of Medicine
  • National Marrow Donor Program
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • National Network of Public Health Institutes
  • National Prescribing Service Medicinewise
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • National Volunteer Caregiving Network
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
  • Navy Medicine West
  • Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Net eMedical
  • Networking Concepts Inc.
  • NetXperts
  • NeuForums
  • NeuroDigm
  • New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI)
  • New Health Analytics
  • New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
  • New Mexico State University
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York University, College of Dentistry
  • New York University Wagner
  • NextGen Healthcare
  • Nexus Healthcare
  • Nexus IS
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • NIC Partners
  • NIELIT Aurangabad
  • NO/AIDS Task Force
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Nomadix
  • none
  • North-West College, Glendale
  • North-West College, West Covina
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northern Inyo Hospital
  • North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Northwestern University, School of Medicine
  • Northwest Georgia Public Health
  • Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Notable Solutions Inc
  • NOVA Research Company
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • NTE Business Services
  • Nurture by Steelcase
  • Nuvimedix
  • NYC DOHMH
  • O’Reilly Media
  • Oak Creek Franklin Joint School District
  • Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • OCAD University
  • Octapharmaplasma
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
  • Olvg hospital
  • Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance
  • OMC International
  • OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
  • Omnific Health Solutions
  • Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Nigeria
  • Oneida County Health Department
  • OnSight Solutions
  • OpenGrounds
  • Open Systems Technologies
  • Optum
  • Orange Business Services, Turkey
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Oregon Medical Group
  • Oregon Public Health Institute
  • Orlando Health
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, of Johnson & Johnson
  • Otero Junior College
  • P2 Collaborative of Western New York
  • Pacific Business Group on Health
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
  • PA Dept. of Health
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Palm Health Partners
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
  • Palomar Health
  • Pan American Federation of Associations of Medical Schools (PAFAMS)
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Pars Arash IT solutions
  • Parsons Institute for Information Mapping
  • Partners HealthCare
  • PATH, Inc.
  • Pathways Home Health & Hospice
  • Patient Commando Productions
  • PatientsLikeMe
  • PeaceHealth
  • Pediatric Heart Specialists
  • PEMEX
  • Penn Asian Senior Services
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • People’s Community Clinic
  • People’s University
  • Perll Diagnostics
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre
  • Pharmacist
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Philhaven
  • Philips
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Physicians Medical Group
  • PhysSynery
  • Pitt Community College
  • Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
  • Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
  • PlexAN, Inc.
  • Plymouth University
  • PM Solutions
  • PNAS
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Preferred Homecare
  • Premier
  • Presidio
  • Prevention Resource Center
  • PreviMed
  • ProHealth Care
  • Project HealthDesign
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • PT Inovação
  • Purdue University, Brian Lamb School of Communication
  • qliqSOFT
  • Quadrangle Imaging Center
  • QuantumLeap Healthcare Collaborative
  • Quee’s University, School of Medicine
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • RAND Corporation, Boston
  • RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh
  • Rauland-Borg
  • Red Wing Public Schools
  • Reflectance Medical
  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield
  • Regional Physicians Neurology
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Renaissance Society
  • Renal Consultants
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • RESOLVE
  • Resources for Human Development
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice Memorial Hospital
  • Rider University
  • Rigshospitalet
  • Riverside Health System
  • RiverStone Health
  • RMS
  • RMW Associates
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • ROCHE
  • Rochester General Health System
  • Rogers & Cowan
  • Rollet Capital
  • Romtelecom
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Ross University
  • Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • RS Networking
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Ruskinn Technology
  • Safe Kids Worldwide
  • Sage Growth Partners
  • Saint Louis University
  • Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
  • Salud America!
  • Samaritans
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • Sana’a University
  • San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital
  • Sanford Health, Bismarck
  • Sanford School of Medicine
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • san francisco general hospital
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • San Joaquin General Hospital
  • Sanofi
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • ScanSource
  • School of Biotechnology and Food technology, Hanoi University of Technology
  • School of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • SciCo
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • Scientific American
  • Scientific Library at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
  • SDTCA
  • SEARHC
  • SecondLook
  • Sentara Healthcare
  • Serenity Medical Group LLC
  • SET Family Medical Clinics
  • Sharp HealthCare
  • Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency
  • Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Shenzhen Hirisun Technology Incorporated
  • Silicon 21
  • SIM Galmi Hospital
  • Sirius Computer Services
  • Sisoft HealthCare
  • Si Technology Group
  • SNMP Technologies
  • Social Health Insights LLC
  • Social Media and Critical Care
  • Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University
  • Society for Participatory Medicine
  • Society For Participatory Medicine & Coalition for Disability Health Equity
  • Society for Personality Research
  • Society for Science & the Public
  • Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
  • SOMASENS
  • Sound Inc.
  • South Broward Hospital District – MHS
  • Southern California Permanente Medical Group
  • Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine
  • Southern Regional Medical Center
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre, Stronach Regional Cancer Centre
  • SOW Asia Foundation
  • Spantec Solutions
  • Special Olympics International
  • Spectrum Health
  • Sprint
  • SRL Diagnostics
  • St. Alexius Medical Center
  • St. Anne’s-Belfield School
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Charles Healthcare Services
  • St. Francis Health System
  • St. John Hospital
  • St. Joseph Health
  • St. Jude Medical
  • St. Louis Community College
  • St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Center
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • St. Vincent’s HealthCare
  • Stalwart
  • Stand Up To Cancer
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
  • Stanford University, School of Medicine
  • Stargazers Consulting
  • State Health Reform Assistance Network
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn Free Clinic
  • State University of New York, University at Albany
  • Stony Brook University
  • Stony Brook University, School of Medicine
  • Stratis Health
  • Structured Communication Systems
  • Stryker Communications
  • Students’ Scientific Society
  • Su Clinica
  • Summerville Family Health Team
  • SUNY, College at Brockport
  • Sutter Health
  • Swarthmore College
  • Swellbox
  • Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital District
  • Taiba
  • Taiwan Adventist Hospital (TAH)
  • Target Corporation
  • Tarzana Treatment Centers
  • Task Force for Global Health
  • TechInsights
  • Technical Innovation
  • Technology Frontiers Collaborative
  • Techno Trends
  • Tech Patrol
  • TechSage Solutions
  • TEDMED
  • TEDMED Live Israel
  • TedxAustin
  • Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine
  • Telecenter
  • Telehealth
  • TelemedicineIM
  • Telemedicine Telehealth Technologies
  • TELUS Communications
  • Temple University
  • Temple VA Hospital
  • Teraski Foundation Lab
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texoma Medical Center
  • The Arden Group
  • The Broadleaf Group
  • The California Endowment
  • The Caregiver’s Survival Network
  • The Center for Health Care Services
  • The Centre for Family Medicine, Ontario
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Commonwealth Medical College
  • The Empowered Patient Coalition
  • TheEvidenceDoc
  • The Fix
  • The Gendreau Group
  • The Joint Commission
  • The Little Clinic
  • The Madeira School
  • The Medicine and Public Health Initiative
  • The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • The National Academy for State Health Policy
  • The Network for Public Health Law
  • The New York Academy of Medicine
  • The ODM Group
  • The Other Song
  • The Pyramid Group
  • The ReadyForTheNet Corp.
  • The TechEffect
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College
  • Threespot
  • TicSalut Fondation
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Torrey Pines High School, Innovation Club
  • Toshiba Medical Systems
  • Trident University International
  • TriMed Media Group
  • Trinity School of Medicine
  • Tucker Arensberg
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Tufts University, School of Medicine
  • Tufts University – Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency
  • Two Frogs Healing Center
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School
  • U.S. Commercial Service, Denmark
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • UCDHS
  • UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • UIC
  • UMass Medical School
  • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Unicorn Computing
  • Union Hospital
  • Unipath PC
  • United Clinical Laboratories
  • United Hatzalah
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • United Nations
  • Unitrends
  • Universal Business Development, Inc
  • Universal College of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Bhairahawa, Nepal
  • Universidad Del Noreste
  • Universidad de Monterrey
  • Universidad Francisco Marroquin/Makeducation
  • Universidad Popular del Cesar
  • University at Buffalo
  • University College London
  • University Health Network
  • University Hospitals Cleveland
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
  • University of Aleppo
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Public Health
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
  • University of California, Irvine Medical Center
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CASIT
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CHIPTS
  • University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Health System
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Davis, Health System
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
  • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • University of Colorado, Health
  • University of Connecticut, School of Medicine
  • University of Dundee, College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Kentucky, College of Public Health
  • University of Latvia/Nords Porter Novelli
  • University of Louisville, School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland University College
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts, Medical School
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston Center for Survey Research
  • University of Medical Sciences & Technology
  • University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
  • University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca
  • University of Michigan, Health System
  • University of Michigan-School of Public Health
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • University of Minnesota, State Health Access Data Assistance Center
  • University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
  • University of Mississippi, Insight Park
  • University of Mississippi, Medical Center
  • University of Missouri, School of Nursing
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Namibia
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of New Mexico, School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina, School of Medicine
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • University of Pierre and Marie
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mercy Hospital
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Scranton
  • University of South Carolina, School of Medicine
  • University of Southern California
  • University of South Florida, Health
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • University of Texas
  • University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston
  • University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston
  • University of Texas, School of Public Health, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
  • University of Texas School Of Nursing
  • University of the Philippines
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine
  • University of Utah
  • University of Utah, School of Medicine
  • University of Vermon, Fletcher Allen Health Care
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia, School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia, Telemedicine
  • University of Washington, Department of Surgery
  • University of Washington, Epidemiology
  • University of Washington, School of Dentistry
  • University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • University of Zimbabwe
  • UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center
  • UPMC
  • UPMC for You
  • UPRMSC
  • UpToDate
  • UrbanReThink
  • URU The Right to Be, Inc.
  • US ARMY
  • US Army MEDCOM
  • USARMY NVESD
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • USF
  • US Navy
  • UT School of Public Health
  • UXC
  • Valley Medical Center
  • Vancouver Coastal Health, Burnaby
  • Vancouver Coastal Health-Richmond
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Vanguard Health Systems
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Venture Technologies
  • Verizon
  • Versus Technology
  • Vidant Medical Center
  • VidaPost
  • Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Health System
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute
  • Vistage International
  • Vital Support Systems
  • VITAS
  • Vivstar Enterprises
  • Wabash Valley Alliance
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Walden University
  • Walla Walla Clinic
  • Walters State Community College
  • Washington Center for Nursing
  • Washington Hospital Center
  • Washington Latin Public Charter School
  • Washington Regional Medical Center
  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
  • Washoe County Health District
  • WA State Dept of Health
  • Wayne State Unviersity
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Welch Allyn
  • WellSpan Health
  • WellStar
  • West African Bioethics Training Program
  • Westat
  • WestEd
  • Western Memorial Regional Hospital
  • Western Michigan University
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • West Penn Allegheny Health System
  • Westport Public Library, Connecticut
  • West Virginia University, Charleston, School of Medicine
  • Wheeling Central Catholic
  • White House, Office of Science & Technology
  • Wingate university school of pharmacy
  • Winnebago County Health Department
  • Winthrop-University Hospital
  • Wirenet
  • Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
  • Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
  • Woman’s Hospital
  • Wordhelper
  • World Health Organization
  • World Wide Technology
  • Worrell Design, Inc.
  • Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
  • XenMatch
  • Xerox
  • Yakima Memorial
  • Young Presidents Organization
  • Young Survival Coalition
  • Yukon Public School District
  • Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department
  • Zynx Health

Cutting Through The (Healthcare) Big Data Hype at #BigDataTechCon

The best antidote to hype about a technology (in this case, Big Data) is knowledge about the technology (especially the Hadoop ecosystem plus complementary and competing technologies).

So, off I went to Big Data Tech Con in Boston last week. I loved my deep dive into the software nuts and bolts under the hood of Big Data. I learned about (in some cases hands on) and live tweeted about:

  • Hadoop distributed processing of large datasets across clusters of computers using a simple programming model
  • Ambari Deployment, configuration and monitoring Hadoop clusters
  • Flume Collection and import of log and event data (of which is there is a lot!)
  • HBase Column-oriented NoSQL database scaling to billions of rows
  • HCatalog Schema and data type sharing over Pig, Hive and MapReduce
  • HDFS Distributed redundant file system for Hadoop
  • Hive Data warehouse with SQL-like access
  • Mahout Library of machine learning and data mining algorithms
  • MapReduce Parallel computation on server clusters
  • Pig High-level programming language for Hadoop computations
  • Oozie Orchestration and workflow management (BPM for Hadoop)
  • Sqoop Imports data from relational databases (extract/translate/load)
  • Zookeeper Configuration management and coordination of Hadoop nodes

Above is adapted from O’Reilly’s Big Data Now. It’s free. The first chapter is an excellent overview. Below are additional topics covered at Big Data Tech Con:

  • NoSQL non-relational databases (“Not Only SQL” has some SQL)
  • Cassandra highly available NoSQL database with no single point of failure
  • MongoDB scalable, high-performance, document-oriented NoSQL database
  • CouchDB easily replicated document-oriented NoSQL database
  • Google BigQuery web service for interactive analysis of massive datasets
  • Google Predictive API cloud-based machine learning tools for analyzing data
  • R plus Hadoop statistical analysis of massive datasets stored in Hadoop
  • Storm real-time complex event processor (Hadoop is batch)
  • Impala interactive SQL database using Hadoop’s HDFS file system

What do these technologies do, that makes Big Data possible? The shortest commonsense answer is that they can count higher than your laptop, or even the server down the hall or in your IS department.

Count? You say. Count? That doesn’t sound impressive or exotic at all! True. But it turns out that ability to count items in large sets enables remarkably intelligent software systems. One way to think about big data is that, in contrast to sophisticated statistical analysis using a single SQL database, big data is advanced applied counting, in parallel, across many databases.

Instead of complex algorithms applied to (relatively) small samples of data, Big Data is (relatively) simple algorithms (such as frequency counts) applied to (relatively) lots of data, sometimes so much, it is “all” the data generated by some software process. The more data, the better machine learning algorithms work. The more data monitored in real-time, the more individualized smartphone, web site, and desktop workflows.

What can you do with these counts? You can estimate probabilities. With these probabilities you can create automated systems that can predict

  • the next word (useful for natural language processing),
  • entities (people, places, diseases, etc.),
  • relationships (before/during/after, has-a/is-a, over/on/in/beside/below, etc.) among entities, and even
  • human behavior (when will you end your smartphone contract, will you stick to your meds, even will you reach for that next piece of pie).

I’ll cover more of the technologies listed above, perhaps in one of my occasional 5,000 word blog post opuses. Oozie is especially cool. It’s a workflow management system for Hadoop!

In my humble opinion, the best way for a health IT professional to cut through the healthcare Big Data hype is to learn about nuts and bolts of Big Data software. If you’ve ever taken an introduction to programming course (or willing to take one on Coursera) and know a bit of SQL, Bob’s your uncle!

Then, when someone makes an off-the-wall claim or wild-eyed guestimate about Healthcare Big Data you can at least try to imagine how it might be accomplished (a mental architectural sniff test). A little scientific and technical knowledge is exactly what more people need with respect to taking advantage of the benefits Big Data offers to healthcare.

Right now, if you’re in healthcare, and you’re interested in this stuff, check out the next Big Data Tech Con, in San Francisco. No, it’s not about healthcare Big Data. It’s about the nuts and bolts of the tools and techniques of Big Data (period), and that’s exactly what you need. It’ll be up to you to apply the tools to healthcare.

That said, healthcare did come up a couple times…

As an attendee I didn’t have access to the attendee list (apparently only exhibitors do, fair enough). But I did ask, and was told, a bunch of healthcare folks were there. In conversation, I heard of one well known EHR vendor investigating Hadoop for storing data from its customers, as well as a health insurance exchange doing similar.

The next tweet (not tweeted from #BigDataTechCon) links to a delightfully detailed (i.e. “non-hype”) description of one medical center’s use of Hadoop.

(I added the following two tweets on 4/15/2013.)

The software under Big Data’s hood does indeed have the potential to save billions of healthcare dollars. But, it has to be done right.

The biggest obstacle to doing it right? Workflow is the key. And health IT is not (yet) doing workflow right. (You knew I was going to eventually mention workflow, right? I always do.)

More later. Much more. But not too much later.

P.S. Just in case you don’t believe me, that you think I’m making this all up, here’s my certificate of completion! 🙂

certificate

P.S.S. Here are my tweets from #BigDataTechCon, in reverse order (so you don’t have to read from the bottom up).