The Exhaustive Guide to Apple Tablet Rumors – apple islate – Gizmodo

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There could well be 3G connectivity in the forthcoming iSlate from Apple. Why do I say that? Here’s my logic:
1. Announcing in January with availability to follow a few months later fits with requiring the device to go through FCC approval. Announcing before the submission puts Apple in control of the announcement rather than risk leaks from the FCC.
2. If it didn’t have cellular capability then it would be just like a MacBook or iPod Touch and you would expect Apple to announce and ship simultaneously, or at worst case with just a few weeks delay.
3. Adding a 3G modem allows Apple to distribute through the wireless carriers. It could fit with releasing to Verizon on their new LTE network. The iSlate is not an iPhone and hence doesn’t violate the AT&T exclusivity agreement in the USA.
4. Distributing through one or more wireless carriers allows Apple to get the price subsidized. Remember, the 32GB iPhone 3GS is a $699 phone, like many other smartphones – when you buy it without a contract.

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mHealth Assessment

Bart Collet has put together a great presentation on mHealth solutions. Check out his Slideshare presentation:

There are a lot of solutions out there we need to encourage interoperability and integration with the major Personal Health Record platforms and we can really start taking charge of our own health.

I have long been a proponent of simple integrations to the PHR. I really want to see Twitter bots that can analyze my stream and fed relevant items to my PHR. Keas (http://www.keas.com) is getting there with their twitter integration that is currently in alpha testing. We want to see more of this type of capability.

Give Me My Health Data

Today I have been reading a couple of great blog posts that nicely complement each other. The first was from Gilles Frydman (@gfry) over on e-patients.net2010: The year of Open Streams and Fax Machines” Gilles makes a number of great points and pulls some fascinating quotes from Adam Bosworth at Keas. Go and read the article – Now!

The second article was from one of my favorite firestarters – Jen McCabe  (@jensmcCabe)at ContagionHealth: “Why Programming Microchoice and Microcontrol in the Healthcare system Will Lead to the Equivalent of the Microprocessing Revolution.” The title may be a mouthful but the article is a “must read.”  There is so much packed in to Jen’s post. The bottom line is that we (each of us) already exercises control in our own lives through the microchoices we make every day, many times a day. In the healthcare system today our primary mechanism to exercise control over our own destiny is the “null decision.” We can choose not to take medication, or refuse a surgery. All very negative, but still a form of control we can exercise. 

The revolution coming in healthcare will be when we each choose to engage in our own health.

In Gilles’ article he refers to the Declaration of Health Data Rights. If you haven’t signed this  go and do it right now. It is a simple thing to do and can take less than a minute. It is an example of a positive microchoice you can make in taking control of your own health.

I have recently had to find a new doctor and dentist. Always a fun process that reaffirms the primitive tools available to healthcare consumers. It also confirms Gilles’ point that the Healthcare system is wedded to paper. However, there is an opportunity here:

When you sign up at a healthcare provider you typically receive a “Notice of Privacy Practices” document that tells you how they are going to use your health information. There is often a section like this one:

Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us a authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this notice.

Let’s use this clause to free our health data! To this end, I have drafted a crude counter document. After all, if a HealthCare provider is going to bombard us with documents to sign let’s give them something back in return! 

Here is the Google Doc – Authorization to Disclose Health Information – does one of our Health Privacy Lawyers want to come up with a better document? I am open to improvements. Think of this as Health Data Rights in practice.

Let’s make it clear that we expect the information from our Doctor visits and lab results to be uploaded to our Personal Health Record. So when you go to the Doctor’s office take along two copies of the Authorization document. Get them to complete the form and provide you with a copy. You can then use a platform like nomoreclipboard.com or Google Health to grant the Doctor’s office access to update your Health Record.

Social Media Power – #TedxSV is on now

One of the most powerful things about TEDxSV that is going on live in Silicon Valley is the realization of the power of Social Media.

The stream is on Twitter using the hashtag: #tedxsv

I am sitting here watching a live broadcast from TEDxSV via uStream along with nearly 1,000 other people. If you question the future of Television, as I do, then you realize that the power to broadcast is now in the hands of the consumer.

The major TV channels do have the power of captive audiences but the recent move in the USA to digital broadcasting potentially created a strategic disruption that is causing consumers to look at alternatives to the traditional over the air, cable or satellite delivered programming. 

Yes, the Internet is the future of broadcasting. We can expect a mix of live and on-demand content from a seemingly infinite cache. At Le Web this week it was pointed out that users are uploading 24 hours of video to YouTube EVERY MINUTE!

Great content will still rule the day but the barriers to creating and more importantly distributing that content keep coming down. More than anything this is one of the big messages I am taking away from watching the live uStream from TEDxSV. We have the power to make change happen. This message keeps being driven home for me when I look back at the past 18 months and the grass roots movement that is HealthCamp

HealthCamp has grown through the power of Social Media. This is a quick video highlighting how this happened: