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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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Time for a New Optimism by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the  timing overlap of numerous federal programs ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - 'B' School Begins by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As I mentioned last week, my wife and I have enrolled in an evening Bee school to formalize the beekeeping knowledge that to date we've picked up from books and our early ex ... Read on »
Standards for Patient Generated Healthcare Data by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy At last week's Meaningful Use Workgroup meeting, Leslie Kelly Hall and I reviewed the HIT Standards Committee recommendations for patient generated healthcare data from onli ... Read on »
The Meaningful Use Workgroup Recommendations by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Today at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the Meaningful Use Workgroup will present its recommendations as part of the process leading to a final rule in 2015 Feb 2014: Dr ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Automation Arrives by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Over the past few months, I've asked a dozen farmers what automation is best for Unity Farm's 15 acres of woodland management, manure movement, trail maintenance, food sto ... Read on »
Management Lessons Learned from A Game of Thrones by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. I rarely watch television, but for ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Winter Fermentations by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It's the dead of winter in New England, with new snow on the ground and temperatures near zero.    The animals are clustered together in their barn spaces and heated buckets ... Read on »
Advice to the New National Coordinator by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014.   After my brief discussion with her last week, I can alread ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - The Sounds of Unity Farm by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Since moving to the farm in April of 2012, I've posted many pictures of our efforts to create a working farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts.   Although it's winter, the farm sti ... Read on »
The Roles I Play by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As 2014 begins, I marvel at the evolution of the CIO role from 1997 to 2014.   Gone are the days when my role was to serve as technical expert, configuring web servers, opti ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Thinking about Automation by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Every year at Unity Farm, I move 10000 pounds of manure, 10000 pounds of logs (18 inch segments), 10000 pounds of wood chips, and thousands of pounds of snow.    I've done t ... Read on »
The Next Phase of Healthcare Information Exchange by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Today, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will launch the next phase of healthcare information exchange (HIE) in Massachusetts - “Commonwealth Interconnected:  Mass HIway ... Read on »
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy For those who not have experienced Winter Storm Hercules  , it's currently -10F at Unity Farm (not wind chill, that's -15F).    We have 10 inches of new fallen snow. As I ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Making Mead and Cyser by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The entire family visited Unity Farm for the holidays.  After all the gift giving, merry making, and yuletide time by the fire was over, what should a family do at a far ... Read on »
The Year That Was 2013 by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As the year drew to a close, I was interviewed by many trade publications about the key themes that shaped 2013.   Here's my own version of the notable events of 2013. 1. ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - A White Christmas on the Farm by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It's Christmas at Unity Farm and the temperature outside is 12F.   All 100 animals are fed, watered, and their living quarters are cleaned. The orchard and cider ... Read on »
The December HIT Standards Committee by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The December HIT Standards Committee focused on patient generated data, image sharing, patient matching, and the 2014 work plan, ensuring we select the necessary standards t ... Read on »
Become a Mountain by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy When I was 16 years old I wrote a short collection of poems.   The cover page listed a few youthful notions that would become my life long guiding principles "Be wary of ar ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Herd Health by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One weekend each month, Kathy and I do "care management" and "population health" for the 100 animals of Unity Farm.  Here's the workflow Llamas/Alpacas We gently halter ea ... Read on »
Google Glass Progress Report by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Our teams continue to work on Google Glass applications for Emergency Department workflow improvement.   Here's a photo of our team at work with a stealthy startup developin ... Read on »