When people’s questions go unanswered, they don’t stop asking them. They turn to Dr. Google and other sources. They try to solve their own mysteries, using whatever they can find. This is an opportunity that some people misread as dangerous or wrong. How might we help more people contribute to discovery of new treatments or […]
Quantified Self Public Health is back! 150+ health geeks of many stripes will gather on Thursday, May 14, in San Diego to discuss how access to personal data could benefit individuals and society. It is an invite-only meeting (sorry!) but filled with voracious documentarians like Joyce Lee (read her Storify from last year) and, well, me (read […]
Google is upgrading health search…again. In 2010, I was inspired by Animal Farm to write that Google saw some health sites as more equal than others. This time I turned to Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton.
Last Saturday I posted a round-up of what caught my eye during the week and my friend Andre Blackman (@mindofandre) created this awesome graphic: Thus encouraged, here’s another round of what I favorited on Twitter this week: Nancy Stein (@SeniorityMatter) shared an opinion piece by Rob Lowe about long-term care planning. He’s promoting his partnership […]
I see parallels between the current state of health data tracking and the trajectory of adoption we saw in the early days of internet, broadband, and mobile adoption. Here’s a clip I just found from an interview with WHYY’s Dan Gottlieb in which I explain what I mean by that: I loved being part of the […]
In this talk at the Quantified Self Public Health symposium, I argue that we must respect the context of people’s lives while designing health interventions, tools, and research projects. Not everyone is ready to stand naked in front of the bright light of numbers on a screen. Let’s be gentle in our approach, especially to […]