Just heard about HealthDataRights.org today.
This organization is trying to help progress our ability to and rights to our data. The healthcare system needs reform and this is the most important step of them all. Give the patients their data for free or minimal cost.
Give us our data.
So i got past my previous post with a different cell phone number. Now I know getting an appengine account is a more difficult than most online accounts. It makes sense too given free website hosting is at stake.
Anyhow, after a short time i was able to get django 1.1 up and running on appengine. For a little clarity, this provides all the glory of django templates, urls.py, middleware, forms, settings. But because of the big table db implementation of appengine, the admin tool, auth, session, and anything else built-in and dependent on django models will not work.
I found some other blogs that were close, but none of the step by steps worked for me. I followed instructions found at goole python libraries – django.
Since i learn best from code, I checked a basic project into github that i’ll continue to update on git as i make updates.
Browse the code on git.
Back before Christmas, i made some chocolate chip cookies off that used pudding as an ingreadient. They were unbelievable! Don’t be scared by the pudding. The texture of these cookies was fantastic and they kept their moist deliciousness for two weeks.
You’re probably wondering…if they’re so good, why did it take two weeks to eat them? Well, my wife gave up sweets to prepare for christmas, so i saved her a few cookies. Nothing special to keep them, two weeks in a cookie jar and dropped them in a gift bag.
Enough already…here’s the recipe – Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
I went for chocolate pudding and a little extra vanilla. Eat up!
I’ve had the HTC Hero from Sprint for about a month now and i’ve had enough time to digest all the features.
1. Extremely well integrated with twitter, facebook, and flickr.
2. Very flexible customization with seven pages of personalized layout
3. No keyboard means lightweight and small (I’ve no problems using the touchscreen keyboard)
4. Phone, especially Speaker Phone, work better than my old LG phone.
1. Shaky software. i.e. Alarm Clock crashes instead of alarming and calendar app crashes.
2. Advanced Task Killer App is needed to control usage and save battery life ( couldn’t android have a built in way to kill apps?)
All in all, I love this phone. My wife has the samsung moment and my preference is definitely for the hero over the moment.
Phonegap a big success. I tried out phonegap for android this morning. Those guys at nitobi have done a great thing for web devs wanting to write mobile apps.
Check them out on Twitter @phonegap
My wife and i had this debate a little before christmas so i’ll share my point of view.
The retail industry has made a mockery out of christmas and trumped up santa to the point where many people are stressed out, frustrated, and sick of christmas. Many Christian groups are calling for devout followers to give up the tradition entirely; i disagree.
Santa claus is a great metaphor for what Christmas is all about. Santa claus is God and the metaphor flows easily from there. All those tales about the naughty list and gifts of coal never pan out in the end. Santa brings gifts and glad tidings to all. Likewise, we christians believe that God gave his son to all, sinner and saint, that we may achieve salvation through him.
With this understanding, santa claus is a great tradition. It is unfortunate how often this goes overlooked and unless we teach our children this metaphor, santa will continue to be seen as just another part of the modern decadence.
Remember, all things in moderation.
I just wanted to mention a couple of websites that are doing positive things in the area of consumer health.
QuickenHealth, http://healthcare.intuit.com, is making it easy for consumers with a certain group of insuresrs, to track and manage their expenses. It helps clarify what, why, and when the insurer made or didn’t make payments on your behalf.
Patients Like Me, http://patientslikeme.com, makes it easy for people with some of the more acute conditions to collaborate with other patients like themselves online. For me, the ALS group would have been nice back when my family was going through a grandparent having the disaease.
Keas, http://keas.com, named after a strange bird, lets you integrate data from one of the major PHR’s and then manage your own health by selecting from a variety of care plans.
While none of these sites is completely solving the problem of health care, they are all forward thinking and are specific examples that could be cited for how health care is going to shift more and more to the responsibility of the patient. We will show up for our appointments more educated than ever before.
So i slammed my old XP machine with Ubuntu this weekend and set to go through the django tutorial.
I’d already had a little experience with django, but hadn’t gone through the basics as another team member had set up our project.
After going through the tutorial, http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/intro/tutorial01, i am confident that the way django encompasses the business model in its use of models.py, maps urls in urls.py, and provides a free admin tool makes it the best “framework” for creating web sites quick and easy. Pair this framework with what is already known to be an easy language, python, and you’ve got a winner.
I’ve yet to use django/python on anything over a month project, so i can’t really comment on whether or not Cal Henderson’s, www.iamcal.com, statement that if you need to build a “serious” website than the advantages of using a framework like django will at some point come crashing down by the need to modify and adapt the framework for your specific usages.
Can we learn anything from the past about technology and the disruption it can cause to an industry?
Think about a few examples…
- The record and video stores are being replaced by online and/or mechanical counterparts. See netflix, itunes, redbox, etc…)
- Power generation went from individually owned windmill’s and watermills to centralized power plants
- Email has supplanted traditional mail in popularity and usage
Given that the health care delivery system is just now approaching the “tipping point” for being completly digitized, is government legislature really necessary when the past shows that innovation will inevitably come and reduce the cost, remove the friction, and improve our delivery system?
It’s the spirit of the free market system that has lead to countless examples of this in our short history as a nation and i hope that we don’t rush to judgement instead of letting the entrepreneurs duke it out. Let the most valuable solution win!
Death to PPOs HMOs and all the other insurance plans that don’t involve the consumer!