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Dr. John H. Medical Doctor

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of the CareGroup Health System, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE (the Regional Health Information... Full Bio
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Building Unity Farm - Little Glamour, Lots of Laundry by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My wife and I owned and operated a small winery on the Marin/Sonoma border in Northern California when we were in our 20's - from 1986-1991.   When I told my colleagues ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - The Heat of Summer by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In 2013, Boston had a wet spring and is having a very hot, humid Summer.   The 90 degree temps with 90% humidity typical of August arrived in June and July.   Last wee ... Read on »
Massachusetts HIE Update by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Yesterday, the HIT Council met to review Massachusetts Healthcare IT progress. Here is the presentation we used . The meeting began with a presentation from Holyoke ... Read on »
Testimony to the HIT Policy Committee by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Today I testify to the HIT Policy Committee   and review the HIT Standards Committee responses to the HIT Policy Committee Request for Comment . Although there are man ... Read on »
The "Post EHR" Era by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Over the next few months, the majority of my time will be spent discussing topics such as care coordination, healthcare information exchange, care management, real time anal ... Read on »
The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee included important discussions of certification for post acute care and behavior health applications, review of data segmenta ... Read on »
"Project" and "Product" Certification by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Last Friday night I testified to the President's Council on Science and Technology (PCAST). Many issues were discussed, but one of the most interesting was the idea of "pr ... Read on »
"Social Documentation" for Healthcare by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Every day CIOs are inundated with buzzword-compliant products - BYOD, Cloud, Instant Messaging,  Software as a Service, and Social Networking. In yesterday's blog post ... Read on »
1951 HZ by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I drive a 2005 Prius that just crossed the 100,000 mile mark.   My total cost of owning the car has been very low.  My mileage has averaged 50mpg.   I'm very satisfied. ... Read on »
2009 in Review - Part 1 by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As I look back on 2009, it was a year of incredible change. I'll post this in two parts. The first includes Harvard Medical School and State/Federal work. T ... Read on »
2009 in Review - Part 2 by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As I've said in my blog about "The Number 5" I tend to organize my life and my projects in groups of 5. My 2009 Review has five segments - Harvard Medical School, State ... Read on »
2009 New Year's resolutions by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy 2009 will be a challenging year as budgets are constrained, a new administration is launched, and more demands are placed on IT to help stakeholders work more efficiently. ... Read on »
2012 in Review by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It's the time of year that many writers reflect on the major events of the past 365 days.  I'll let the journalists cover the impact of the election, the epidemic of sense ... Read on »
500 Meetings a Day by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the early 1980's when I was running a small software company while attending Stanford as an undergraduate, my business activities were limited to the number of phone call ... Read on »
A Banner Day for the Direct Project by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I delayed my usual morning blog posting so that I could fully describe all of today's Direct Project updates. This morning, Doug Fridsma at ONC released the progress repo ... Read on »
A BIDMC Progress Report on Interoperability by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Like many complex healthcare systems, BIDMC does not have a one size fits all solution for ambulatory records. Although we favor integrated systems, we need to achieve in ... Read on »
A Bold New Vision for Meditech by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have no financial relationships with any EHR vendor, but feel a great affinity for the vendors in Massachusetts - eClinicalWorks, AthenaHealth and Meditech. For the p ... Read on »
A bookmarked version of the NPRM by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As a service to the community, Robin Raiford from Eclipsys has bookmarked the entire table of contents and all 53 tables in the CMS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ... Read on »
A Chip in My Shoulder by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm often asked about the RFID chip containing my medical records which is implanted in my right arm. As a physician and chief information officer, I felt quali ... Read on »
A Clothing Experiment by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm a big fan of self-experimentation. I have an RFID implant. I've had my genome sequenced and publicly released. This winter, I'm testing a business ... Read on »