Brian Ahier

Brian Ahier is a City Councilor in The Dalles, Oregon. He works as Health IT Evangelist for Information Systems at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. He also serves on the board of Mid-Columbia Council of Government and Q-Life. He is passionate about healthcare reform, government 2.0 and health IT. He writes regularly at his blog and updates frequently on Twitter.

The art of community leadership

I stopped by the Community Leadership Summit 2010 as I was preparing for OSCON this coming week. It is an open unconference-style event, now in its second year, that’s held the weekend before OSCON. Everyone who attends is welcome to lead and contribute sessions on any topic that is relevant. In these discussion sessions the participants can interact directly, offer thoughts and experiences, and share ideas and questions. There will be another more detailed post about this event later on Radar, but if you are in Portland, Ore. this weekend you can still register for Sunday’s sessions here.

Analysis: A defining moment for "meaningful use"

How new rules will affect patients, providers, and electronic records.

Rules have been relaxed and "meaningful use" has been clarified, but what does that mean for patients and health care providers? Brian Ahier examines the near-term specifics of the new meaningful use guidelines and he looks ahead to their long-term repercussions.

Gov 2.0 Hero Day

A tip of the hat to GovFresh founder Luke Fretwell.

June 15 is Gov 2.0 Hero Day. To mark the occasion, Radar contributor Brian Ahier puts the spotlight on GovFresh founder and Gov 2.0 Hero Day creator Luke Fretwell.

First impression: Health reform and Health IT

An early look at how the healthcare reform law will affect health IT

Brian Ahier is examining important health IT elements included in the new health reform package (no easy feat given the sheer size of document). Here, he weighs in with a few early impressions.

Open government examples from the ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator has implemented a host of initiatives aimed at transparency and involvement

With the sea change caused by the Open Government Directive I know that many federal agencies might be struggling with how to actually implement this new policy. This is a major cultural shift in government and there are always challenges when trying to bring such broad changes to any large organization. Government bureaucracy is certainly no exception. But this last…

Data not drugs

Taking control of your health in the age of genetics

We have access to more health information now than any time in history, yet this deluge of medical data may sometimes make health decisions more difficult. The Internet has opened a Pandora’s Box of data that can easily overwhelm us. We need a way to process all this information to assist us in making better healthcare decisions. Sifting through…

Health gets personal in the cloud

Google Health Beta and Microsoft's My Health Info

Healthcare in the near future will be quite different than it is today. Web enabled technology is already changing the way medicine is practiced. As the digital nation comes of age we will see new opportunities, and new challenges, bringing healthcare in America into the 21st century. Health consumers will come to expect they will have control over their own health data. Having secure, interoperable access to clinical data will allow patients to partner with their care providers in new ways incorporating Web 2.0 principles.

Following Lists

The Twitter Lists Feature is a Game Changer

One of the interesting things about the new Lists feature is the expansion of the asymmetrical nature of relationships on Twitter. I use Twitter Lists to control the flow of the fire hose of my data streams into manageable list streams. But another important aspect is the ability to create lists composed of accounts I don't follow. This is radically changing relationships and the way we build communities on Twitter. As Mark Drapeau pointed out it will become more important which lists you are on than who is following you.