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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 - The Farm Journal begins by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This month marks the two year anniversary of our move to Unity Farm. We planned the farm with the desire to be as self sufficient as possible.  Kathy closed her art gallery ... Read on »
ICD-10, What next? by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy After the senate vote  on HR 4302  last night , I sent an email to the CIOs of payers and providers in Massachusetts, suggesting that we need to capture the millions spent l ... Read on »
Thursday Building Unity Farm - The Land Awakens by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Now that we’ve had a few days above freezing, work on the land can finally begin. In April, the ponds and streams of Unity Farm begin to fill with spring peepers, salaman ... Read on »
The March HIT Standards Committee by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The March HIT Standards Committee focused on the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework projects for 2014, an overview of the 2015 Certification Notice of Proposed R ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Signs of Spring by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Today is the vernal equinox and many people in New England are suffering from seasonal affective disorder after the coldest, snowiest, most relentless winter on record. ... Read on »
Is Continuous Partial Attention part of Human Evolution? by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy During my Freshman year in high school, I was asked to write a major project paper.  Armed with only a electric typewriter and access to a local library, I decided to write ... Read on »
The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship Application by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Many people have emailed me about the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship application for hospitals and eligible professionals . The most common question is - if I apply for ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Winter Hive Maintenance by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The 2014 winter has been brutal with more single degree days than any winter during my 20 years living in Massachusetts.   Our bees are resilient, started from colonies ov ... Read on »
Wearable Computing at BIDMC by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Over the past few months, Beth Israel Deaconess has been exploring the use of wearable computing. In the Emergency Department we’ve been evaluating an early uni ... Read on »
A Primer on Meaningful Use and HISPs by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Massachusetts State government offers low cost HIE services including Direct transport to all the stakeholders of the Commonwealth.    Recently. Micky Tripathi wrote thi ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - The Ducks by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As the weather begins to improve (we’ve even had an afternoon above freezing - wahoo!), the ducks are beginning to wander farther from their duck house.   This week, they ... Read on »
ACO Systemness and Integration by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As Accountable Care Organizations take on risk contracts which align incentives to create continuous wellness rather than treat episodic sickness, there is a drive to create ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Managing wood by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Last weekend I drove to West Bridgewater, MA and picked up a 500 pound SuperSplitter  (J Model 6.5hp Honda engine).  It’s now installed in the wood processing area with 10 ... Read on »
Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy On Monday at HIMSS, I signed my new book, Life as a Heathcare CIO for 300 folks at HIMSS.   During the rest of the day I met with numerous companies, leaders, and fellow IT ... Read on »
The Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record Certification Criteria by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There's nothing like a crisp New England winter evening, a roaring fire, a cup of cider, and a 242 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to fill your Friday night. I've summ ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Planning for Spring by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the past 18 days, we've had 9 snow days.   The small silver nub in the center of this picture is a yardstick placed in the snow on the patio. The squirrels can walk ... Read on »
The February HIT Standards Committee by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The February HIT Standards Committee focused on development of the 2014 standards workplan, refinements to meaningful use stage 3 attestation/certification processes, and re ... Read on »
Building Unity Farm - Managing the Woodland, Manure, and Bees in Winter by Dr. John H. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I've written about our winter preparations and keeping the animals healthy in the 6 months of sub-freezing weather we have in New England.   It's been a particularly cold ... Read on »
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 »