Metro Hack Night with Transportation Techies : Controlling your city’s destiny through data

Metro Hack Night with Transportation Techies : Controlling your city's destiny through data

One of the other unnatural fascinations I have, as someone with Total Health in their job title, is the transformation of the transportation industry globally, from one designed to move heavy vehicles to one designed to promote health and well being.

And so, Transportation Techies (@TechiesDC) MetroHackNight IV, held at Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Headquarters (@WMATA) is a sure bet to see the future. Continue reading→

Visualization: Personal Healthmap, Capital Bikeshare, Washington, DC USA

Visualization: Personal Healthmap, Capital Bikeshare, Washington, DC USA

That didn’t take very long. No sooner did I learn about the possibility of creating a personal heat map of just my Capital Bikeshare (@bikeshare) trips did I get one of my own.

This is in contrast from the population-based heatmaps that have already been generated: see A health map rather than a heat map – #CTHNext Bikeshare Station’s first two weeks. Continue reading→

Just Read: In a health system where patient-physician email is actually used, how it impacts care

Just Read: In a health system where patient-physician email is actually used, how it impacts care

In an American health system, where, for the most part, patients *still* do not have access to their online medical records or access to their physicians (see: Patel V, Barker W, Siminerio E. Individuals’ access and use of their online medical record nationwide. Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Majority of Americans don’t use digital technology to access doctors | CAPP, this is a study conducted by the research team at Kaiser Permanente where patients mostly *do* have this access. Continue reading→

Animation: The Center for Total Health Capital Bikeshare station No. 353 is alive

Animation: The Center for Total Health Capital Bikeshare station No. 353 is alive

The animation goes from midnight to midnight, showing peak times of usage.

With tremendous gratitude to Michael Schade (@mvs202), the our nation’s capital’s digital transportation storyteller, and leader of Transportation Techies (@TechiesDC)

The animation is based on released Capital Bikeshare (@Bikeshare) data for 2nd Quarter, 2015, which means there is only about 2 weeks of function included in this dataset, because our station was installed on June 18, 2015 (but who’s counting? 🙂 ). Continue reading→

Using EHRs to eliminate rather than create health disparities for LGBTQ people: Landmark decision by U.S. DHHS

Using EHRs to eliminate rather than create health disparities for LGBTQ people: Landmark decision by U.S. DHHS

The finality in the way the rule is written reminds me of the R v North West Lancashire Health Authority Decision in 1999: “Appeals dismissed. Permission to to appeal to House of Lords Refused.”

That decision quashed forever the UK’s National Health Service policy of not covering transition-related care for its transgender or gender non-conforming residents.

When I visited Charing Cross in London in 2013, all of the medical records had to be managed on paper because their EHR systems were incapable of managing gender identity successfully and within policy.

This decision is pretty big one too, for the U.S. Health System, and one that might ultimately help our colleagues in the NHS as well. Continue reading→

Buildings, Bikes, and Gardens with DesignDC

Buildings, Bikes, and Gardens with DesignDC

I love 10 minute meetings. Especially ones that involve active transportation.

Thanks Andrea Swiatocha, AIA, LEED AP and Nancy Skinkle, AIA, LEED AP (Architect of the Capitol) for coordinating this one, as part of 2015 Design DC organized by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (@WashingtonDCAIA).
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Just Read: Health Effects of the London Bicycle Sharing System (but does it improve health…)

Just Read: Health Effects of the London Bicycle Sharing System (but does it improve health...)

Bikesharing is a great example of technology used in social innovation. It doesn’t require each individual to be technically inclined, but uses technology to make something basic available to a population, hopefully in a health promoting way.

This is a health impact modelling study, which uses computerized models + assumptions + data to understand the London bicycling sharing (they call it “cycle hire”) system’s impact on disability adjusted life years (DALYs). In my opinion this is a good measure and very “UK” – much more societally focused than what we typically examine in the United States. Continue reading→