My Thoughts on Emoji Recently Added, v11.0, without #Transvisibility, without full #LGBTQ inclusion

My Thoughts on Emoji Recently Added, v11.0, without #Transvisibility, without full #LGBTQ inclusion

I wrote this probably-cryptic tweet, that I would follow up on in this blog post.

Version 11.0 of Emoji has been released, link below.

Still no inclusion of transgender or intersex symbols, or the transgender pride flag.

We knew these symbols wouldn’t be included this round, because our proposal, submitted in July, 2017, and then re-submitted in December, 2017, was returned with questions, which we’re in the process of answering:

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Thanks for using my photograph in Trump’s New “Treatment Refusal” Rule Puts Discrimination Ahead of Patients’ Health – Scientific American Blog Network

Thanks for using my photograph in Trump's New "Treatment Refusal" Rule Puts Discrimination Ahead of Patients' Health - Scientific American Blog Network

Thanks for using this photograph, taken in 2013, to illustrate this piece written by Harper Jean Tobin, JD, MSSA, Director of Policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality). I’d like to add a few things from my own experience. The medical profession tried this before. It didn’t work, in a devastating way. Having …

Why some people don’t get a thank you for using my photos

Do I really mean thanks when I say thanks? An esteemed colleague of mine asked me recently, “When you say ‘thank you’ via social media to someone using your photos, are you truly thanking them?” The answer is an unequivocal yes! My photographs are Creative Commons Licensed, and meant to be used to promote the …

Review of Apple Watch Nike+, Fitness Tracking, and Heart Rate Variability

Review of Apple Watch Nike+, Fitness Tracking, and Heart Rate Variability

Last year I wrote a review of the Apple Watch Series 1 as a commentary on the transition from one wearable (Google Glass) to another (see: Apple Watch Review, by a former Google Glass Explorer )

That’s all past now; this is a review and thoughts on the new Apple Watch Nike+ (Series 2) and associated ideas on fitness tracking and heart rate variability (HRV).

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A few thoughts about gender equality and respect in the 21st Century

A few thoughts about gender equality and respect in the 21st Century

I recently finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In (I know, 3 years behind the rest of society, posting on that later), at the same time I participated in a historic (in my opinion) creation of Workplace Guidelines Pertaining to Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Employees.

I had these thoughts as I was given an opportunity to co-lead (with an excellent leader who happens to be a woman) an introduction to this topic:

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Reading the comments and writing some. Thoughts on ending transphobia

Reading the comments and writing some. Thoughts on ending transphobia

“Never read the comments” is what people say about articles online that cover LGBTQ and specifically transgender issues.

What they mean, often correctly, is that the biased and unloving statements they may see will trigger negative feelings and reminders that we live in a world that is still learning to love better.

We shouldn’t have to see those comments, though, because they shouldn’t be allowed in the first place.

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Just Read: How to Bias and Debias your readers around LGBTQ patients at the same time

Just Read: How to Bias and Debias your readers around LGBTQ patients at the same time

Great and novel study in Jama Dermatology (@JamaDerm) on the association of skin cancer and indoor tanning in sexual minority women and men.

The editorial published along side it is even more important.

I’m bummed out by the image that the journal chose to adorn the web site and email message to advertise it. I was actually taken aback when I saw it in my email box.

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Health is more than about medicine, as taught to us by…ApplePay

Health is more than about medicine, as taught to us by...ApplePay

My first transaction. Just a pair of vanilla cones, easily walked off / not to worry. The day ApplePay was released to the world, I happened to be with a few close friends from the Innovation Learning Network (@HealthcareILN), in Charlotte, NC. Okay, I actually crashed their dinner – it was with people from Kaiser …

Just Read: Can peer grading be made to work in MOOCs? Can it work for doctors?

Just Read: Can peer grading be made to work in MOOCs? Can it work for doctors?

Piech C, Huang J, Chen Z, et al. Tuned Models of Peer Assessment in MOOCs. 2013 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are slightly under fire these days because of their low completion rates, among other things – plenty of articles on that. However, they are also bringing the world interesting insights about the assessment process (e.g. …

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue (what it has always been)

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue  (what it has always been)

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue | TIME.com. Go Gary Cohen! medical professionals … serve as the hubs of education for raising community awareness about the health consequences of climate change.  That’s why Healthcare Without Harm, for example, is trying to transform the healthcare industry into a greener sector — encouraging hospitals to …

Why I’m going to Capital TransPride this weekend

Why I'm going to Capital TransPride this weekend

Short answer: because I and my fellow physicians went into medicine to support the ability of every human being to achieve their life goals.* *see my note at the bottom of this post about the physician role Capital Transpride is May 18, 2013, in Washington, DC. Kaiser Permanente is a Gold Sponsor for the first time, …

Asking about sex affirmation surgery – a review of the numbers

Survey – should medicare pay for sex-change (italics by me) surgery – In one of the responses there’s an enlightening back of the napkin calculation of the potential costs of sex affirmation surgery, which point out important numbers about the prevalence of this rare condition. Much lower than the amount of emotion attached to the …

Video review: How Doctors Get Paid : KhanAcademy

I found this KhanAcademy video linked from the (excellent) Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value blog.  Unfortunately, I don’t think this video is that excellent. Partially because of the format, partially because Salman Khan seems a bit impatient in the narrative to draw conclusions. The narrative is given by Laurence Baker from Stanford who does a credible …

Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By – Yet our health care system does – Kait and Ted’s story

Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By - Yet our health care system does - Kait and Ted's story

“Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By.” Click to enlarge, courtesy Iris Eytan, Esq. My sister, who I wrote about recently, took the photograph in this post when I asked her, “What inspired you?” because she inspired me. I remembered visiting her a year ago, while she was working on the case, and how resolved she was to …

Being human and HIV care – Our generation does have the power to change it

Being human and HIV care - Our generation does have the power to change it

Today’s announcement by Kaiser Permanente that (1) disparities in survival with HIV are a thing of the past in a coordinated, caring health system and (2) the tools and best practices can be implemented anywhere changes a lot of things. The dawn of the AIDS epidemic predates my medical career. When I was in college, …

Health care is usually not a stock photo (of rainbows and butterflies)

Health care is usually not a stock photo (of rainbows and butterflies)

if you go to the web site of any health care organization today, including the one I work for, you’re likely to find it covered with stock photography of the kind I refer to as “rainbows and butterflies,” which is of people who look generally happy running through fields, smiling as they use their computers, …

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal is a big deal for the medical profession : The end of “if”

Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal is a big deal for the medical profession : The end of "if"

Did your family doctor/pedatrician ask you when you were a kid, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” When you told her/him the answer did he/she say,”I’m sorry, you can only be a policeman/fireman/teacher/brigadier general ‘if’.” I’m sure they didn’t – they were asking, like I would ask any patient, to tempt …

Comcast Outage – population problem solving and the limits of Twitter customer service

Comcast Outage - population problem solving and the limits of Twitter customer service

Twitter Trends map, from trendsmap.com People living on the east coast of the United States encountered a massive outage of Comcast’s Internet service last evening. Those who tried to call the customer service telephone line found it busy or an “unable to connect to an agent.” So for the first time that I’ve noticed, the …

From Superstars to Jane and Joe–Engaging Consumers in Health IT

From Superstars to Jane and Joe

Note: This is a guest post from fellow innovative Washingtonian and health communications professional Lygeia Ricciardi ( @lygeia ). I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with her for some time through the Clinovations collaborative here in DC, and we share a lot of the same interest and passion around putting consumers/patients/citizens at the epicenter of …

“Patients are an unused part of the health care team” – Dennis Quaid – Chasing Zero : Discovery Channel

Chasing Zero: Part 1 : Video : Discovery Channel (Link to show on Tivo) – “Patients are part of the health care team, an unused part of the health care team”- Dennis Quaid. This is a you-can’t-believe-this-is-happening-every-day documentary produced by Dennis Quaid in the wake of the near death of his children in the hospital. …

Virginia: State Employees Lose Protections from Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Virginia: State Employees Lose Protections from Anti-LGBT Discrimination « HRC Back Story – I’m joining in the chorus of disappointment for Virginia’s residents with the decision of their governor to reinstate discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender state employees. As I have written on this blog extensively, diversity is a health issue, and in …

Telehealth now: Why (in some cases) it may be healthier for patients to go online intead of to their doctor

This is a longer-ish piece that was commissioned by the California Healthcare Foundation earlier this year. It never made it into publication, so through the magic of Web2.0, I’m publishing it here. I’ve re-reviewed the data below and feel it is still accurate, with the exception that I have found newer information that indicates that …

How would you counsel this patient?

This 2:45 clip from this week’s “Brothers and Sisters” dramatizes one of the most difficult experiences patients and physicians face in health care (make sure you watch the whole clip). I was struck by the way the physician pre-counseled Calista Flockhart’s character: Should she have provided information differently? What should she have said if the …

Surgeons send ‘tweets’ from operating room – CNN.com

Surgeons send ‘tweets’ from operating room – CNN.com Dr. Craig Rogers, the lead surgeon in the Henry Ford surgery, said the impetus for his Twittering was to let people know that a tumor can be removed without taking the entire kidney. “We’re trying to use this as a way to get the word out,” Rogers …