#BaltTechBreakfast at AOL/Advertising.com

This morning I am at the Baltimore Tech Breakfast. The meetup has expanded dramatically. Over 100 attendees. The venue is now at AOL/Advertising.com in Baltimore.

WooFound – Personality meets location.

A neat slider visual matching process to link you to things you like.

There will be an iOS app.

Interesting application for Roommate matching at University.

Also testing career and degree course matching. 

Initial funding but looking for venture round.

Using pandora style simple matching algorithm that learns through interaction.

IamDTech – DiversiTech

Christine Celise Johnson, Founder.

@iamdtech on twitter.

I am Diversity in Technology. Created as response to outcry for greater diversity in technology. They have a meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/iamdtech

Give Corps– Give Local. Get Local.

Ruby on Rails App. Runs at EngineYard.

Charitable giving re-invented.

Great tool for pulling all your charitable giving together. Print a summary for your tax returns.

GiveCorps.com is a for profit social enterprise.

Givecorp Foundation is non-profit focused on encouraging people to donate.

73M wine drinkers in the USA.

You can be part of the winemaking process. Crush, press, barrel and bottle your own wine.

Monica Beeman  and Chris Kent (Master Winemaker at Woodhall Wine Cellars)

Focus is on urban winemaking. 

Crushpad is one of the original companies providing this service. Based in Napa, CA. I originally visited Crushpad in San Francisco in 2008.
Also Tin Lizzie Wineworks – Clarksville, MD
City Winery, New York, NY. 

You can choose from grapes from vineyards around the world. This dictates the cost of the wine. Average is $400 for 30 bottles. Takes 6-24 months.
You can choose the type of barrel (oak, steel, aged oak).


#HIMSS12 #Ecollab12 Health platforms are now a necessity

Vince Kuratis and Shahid Shah.

EHRs designed for transactions – need to redesign for engagement

Most Health activity happens outside the Hospital and provider’s office. EHRs need to reflect this reality.

We are moving past the era of retrospective digitization.

We need to instrument biology, chemistry and physics.

Demand interoperability. HL7 does not equal data liquidity.

Address data ownership. You want to be able to move it – essential in cloud solutions.

Data Liquidity is more than just import/export.

Do you own the data, the structure and the code?

We must move past the idea that one vendor can do it all.

The average hospital system has 7 EMR platforms. One “throat to choke” is a misnomer.

#HIMSS12 #LFTF12 @reginaHolliday and Regina Benjamin kick off the day Leading from the Future

The Leading from the Future track kicks off at #HIMSS12.

Handouts can be found at http://himssconference.org/handouts

Regina Holliday talking about:

“From Doctor Strangelove to Doctor Who”

Dr. Regina Benjamin (@SGRegina): “When you lose a practice three times (hurricanes and a fire) you realize you need to find a better way to practice.

“An EHR means never having to dry wet charts in the sun again”

Prevention is the key to a sustainable health system. Prevention is an imperative.

Better health is a key to learning, productivity and prolonged independence.

CardioVascular Disease costs the USA $444B each year.

National Prevention Strategy :  Increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

– Healthy and Safe Community Environments
– Clinical and Community Preventive Services
– Elimination of Health Disparities
– Empowered People.

Lifestyle changes make the biggest difference. 
We must put the joy back in to health

Stop telling people what they can’t do and help them discover what they can do.

26M in USA have Diabetes. 1 in 4 don’t know they have diabetes.

The Family Health Record: Encourage families to know their health history across generations.

CDC study found 96% believe that knowing their family health history is important but less than 30% have written any of that history down.

NIH and Microsoft have developed a tool to help families create these histories.

Facebook have a tool to report suicide comments from friends. reporting triggers messages to the person talking suicide and urge them to seek help.

@SGRegina did a recent “heartchat”. This reached 3m+ people. Reached 10M in one hour.

We have to go were people work, live, eat, play and pray.

Engaging Hair stylists as health ambassadors. Started an “Exercise friendly hair style competition”

An example of removing the barriers to health.