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At HIMSS 2013

HIMSS 2011 was my first big healthcare industry conference. The trade show is one of a kind and the largest gathering of folks interested in HealthCare IT in United States. In 2012, I attended the conference virtually and this year I’m back on the show floor. This is a coming out event for the product I have been working on at Optum – Optum Direct! Optum Direct is a secure messaging platform built on the ONC sponsored Direct Standard. If you want to know more, stop by our booth #7041 on the show floor I would love to show it in action. Additionally, our early adopter customer Santa Cruz HIE & Physicians Medical Group is showcasing this product with connectivity to Microsoft HealthVault and others in the interoperability showcase.

Having said above, among a plethora of sessions and events I’m looking forward to following events at the conference –

  • Interoperability Showcase : A real-life standards play in action!
  • Brian Ahier’s – Developing Trust in the Health Internet as a Platform
  • ONC’s HIE Seminar
  • Exhibit Show floor buzzed with words like – ICD-10, Meaningful Use, ACO, etc.

Editor of my book – Programmable Self with HealthVault, Andy Oram will be covering the conference along with others for O’Reilly. Brian Ahier has a good preview of the coverage.

If you are at the conference or are virtual (@ #HIMSS13) please drop me a note as I would love to connect!

Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault and more..

Dear Reader –

Apologies I have been a bit on blogging hiatus! Among other things, I recently released my book on HealthVault, Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault.

Quantified Self blog covered the book and the story behind it in its toolmaker talk series. Over next few weeks I’m hoping to post about a number of topics including Restful Health Exchange, NwHIN Governance, FHIR, HealthVault mobile applications and I’ll also be updating the compendium website for the book – www.enablingprogrammableself.com.

Please let me know in comments if you have suggestions for me to write about.

P.S. – I also moved on from Microsoft and I’m active in healthcare and technology community travelling frequently between Seattle, Bay Area and sometimes Minnesota.

HealthVault PowerShell Module – The beginnings.

Let me show you some awesomeness, and then I’ll explain what’s going on! Continue reading →

Entering new data with Mood Tracker #5

In the last post, we discussed how one can display the data retrieved from HealthVault Emotional State data-type.

I showed an interesting LINQ query which sort the HealthVault items returned from a getthings. Well actually turns out that we can do this more efficiently by using the max attribute on group filter in the getthings. The items returned by HealthVault are sorted by eff-date and if we get the first one it should be the latest item!

        public static void GetThings(string typeId, int maxItems,
            EventHandler<HealthVaultResponseEventArgs> responseCallback)
            string thingXml = @"
                <group max='{0}'>

Before we get to the topic of this post and discuss how we can put new items in to HealthVault, here a screen shot of how the application looks like once we have enabled the put and prettied up the last reading a little bit –


Fig 1. MoodTracker with put enabled!

We can see that for each of the states i.e mood, stress and wellbeing we have a nice slider which lets the user capture their state and we can want this information uploaded with current time stamp once the user hits Save!

        // Save the reading to HealthVault
        private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            EmotionalStateModel model = new EmotionalStateModel();
            model.Mood = (Mood)c_MoodSlider.Value;
            model.Stress = (Stress)c_StressSlider.Value;
            model.Wellbeing = (Wellbeing)c_WellbeingSlider.Value;
            model.When = DateTime.Now;
            HealthVaultMethods.PutThings(model, PutThingsCompleted);

Lets get a bit deeper in how the PutThings call works. It fetches the relevant information from the base object and submits that to HealthVault. The design in this case might be a little wary since the put parameters are coming from the emotional state object as well.

        /// <summary>
        /// PutThings Method
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="item">The health item to upload</param>
        /// <param name="responseCallback">Function to resolve callback</param>
        public static void PutThings(HealthRecordItemModel item,
            EventHandler<HealthVaultResponseEventArgs> responseCallback)
            XElement info = XElement.Parse(item.GetXml());
            HealthVaultRequest request = new HealthVaultRequest("PutThings", "2", info, responseCallback);

Voila!! We have an application which can read and update information to HealthVault!

Next Time: We will focus on adding the History or Charting aspects of this application!

Developing HealthVault WP7 Mobile Application #1

Yesterday, HealthVault released developer preview of support for mobile applications. The associated Windows Phone 7 library is available on codeplex as well.

In this multi-part series, I’ll try to cover the details of building a Windows Phone 7 mobile application for HealthVault.

Now, the first question is what should we build?
Our product management team has recently been tracking their happiness and stress level on a daily basis. I have been thinking of providing a tool which helps them to track their happiness & stress levels and of course build great products..

Having said above there are a few applications in the Health & Fitness category of WP7 application store which help a user to track mood, but none of them combines happiness and stress, and stores it in HealthVault.

Fig 1. Mood swing application in Windows Phone 7 Store

Hopefully over-time we can make the application a fun one, may be add a social game aspect to it!

Well, how will the application look like?

The application would allow the user to input their happiness and stress level, and perhaps look at history and may be display a social game avatar of their well-being.

Here is a sketch of what the app might look like –


Fig 2. White board wire-frame of our mood application

Where to store the data?

While developing a HealthVault application a relevant question is which part of the HealthVault data store the application should store data in. As we browse the HealthVault Data Types, we immediately see a relevant data type – Emotional State.

Turn out there is also a handy tool to input sample data for this data type after clicking the “View & Edit” button next to the type -


Fig 3. Emotional State Data type

On further analysis it turns out that this type is almost perfect for our use, except the fact that we have to use a scale of 1-5 and there is an additional element – well-being, which we can ignore for now.

Next Step?

Now that we have defined this application, the next step would be to get our hands dirty and start working with Windows Phone 7 tools for Visual studio and the HealthVault WP7 library.

Next Post: Mood Tracker – Getting Started #2