- The Men Who Stare at Screens (NY Times) — What was unexpected was that many of the men who sat long hours and developed heart problems also exercised. Quite a few of them said they did so regularly and led active lifestyles. The men worked out, then sat in cars and in front of televisions for hours, and their risk of heart disease soared, despite the exercise. Their workouts did not counteract the ill effects of sitting. (via Andy Baio)
- Caring with Cash — describes a study where “pay however much you want” had high response rate but low average price, “half goes to charity” barely changed from the control (fixed price) response rate, but “half goes to charity and you can pay what you like” earned more money than either strategy.
- Behavioural Economics a Political Placebo? (NY Times) — As policymakers use it to devise programs, it’s becoming clear that behavioral economics is being asked to solve problems it wasn’t meant to address. Indeed, it seems in some cases that behavioral economics is being used as a political expedient, allowing policymakers to avoid painful but more effective solutions rooted in traditional economics. (via Mind Hacks)
- Protege — open source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework.
U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra discusses the Direct Project and the Blue Button initiative.
U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra on how the transparent process that led to the Direct Project could serve as a template for solving other problems.
Indu Subaiya on the intersection of data, developers and healthcare.
Health 2.0 is hosting code-a-thons in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston as part of their Developer Challenge. Indu Subaiya, director of the Developer Challenge, discusses the competion and the intersection of data and healthcare in the following interview.
A Health 2.0 panel tackles tech training, healthy homes and more.
Health 2.0 marked the opening of its Northwest chapter with a panel discussion that looked at how health technologies can improve patient care and reduce costs. Brian Ahiera offers a rundown on the panelists and their key points.
The intersection -- and accompanying questions -- of data science and journalism.
There's nothing wrong with taking a strong position, assuming the underlying data and facts are accurate. But it's important for the audience to recognize it as advocacy, not as strict science, even when it comes wrapped in a really cool visualization.
Paul Tarini on the link between health care and observations of daily living.
In this audio interview, Paul Tarini, team director of the Pioneer Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses the health-care value of sleeping patterns, eating habits and other everyday data.
Three perspectives on the links between health care, government and open source.
As the health IT industry ramps up to meet the meaningful use rules, the opportunities for open source to provide solutions are increasing. At OSCON, Radar blogger Brian Ahier spoke with three men with unique perspectives on health care and open source: David Riley, head of the CONNECT initiative, Brian Behlendorf, formerly of Apache and now working with CONNECT, and Arien Malec, coordinator for NHIN Direct.
Nine talks representing the breadth of a vital programming area can't be summarized in one sentence, but for me the theme of the day was open source advocates reaching out to solve pressing problems that proprietary vendors will not or cannot address.