Health is pretty heavily regulated in the US and a massive opportunity for Valley-style disruption. And by disruption I mean: a far better product, more focussed on user needs, delivered at a better price. There's way too many stodgy incumbents standing in the way of making great product, but I can acknowledge that at least one of the factors standing in *their* way is federal regulation. Some of it is for the right reason, but I'm happy to agree broadly and in principle that the FDA is probably one of the better examples we have of regulatory capture.
So much in the same way that we saw Google's announcement of their contact-lens blood glucose sensor (if you think about it: why would they want to announce something so early? Could it be, like another Silicon Valley company, it seemed prudent to do so before FDA or FCC trawls broke notice of the product to manage the story?), look to a possible announcement at WWDC14 of iOS8's Healthbook as a pseudo personal electronic health record. But the industry track record for this isn't great. Google - bizarrely, for Google - gave up with Google Health, but I think Microsoft still has HealthVault lying around somewhere, if only because they think there might still be an enterprise play. So will Apple have to pre-announce a pseudo EHR at WWDC in advance of FDA approval? Maybe. The mocks that we've seen on sites like MacRumors look... well, weird, to me. There's a whole bunch of information that would be collected from God-Knows-Where, and I don't think the consumer proposition is all that clear. Especially when there's not a good way to share that information with doctors, who're just going to collect it again anyway.
Because newsletters appear to be a thing, Laura Hall and I have made an Internet Newsletter webring! Because it's the mid 90s and we're all hooked up to the cybernet with our Hayes Modems and AOL KEYWORD: POUND NEWSLETTERS and actually the site isn't hand-rolled HTML2 uploaded with ws_ftp or whatever, it's a Wordpress site with a plugin, and we don't have a gopher service for you to check out but I suppose we could see if someone could resurrect PRESTEL or COMP-U-SERV.
Anyway: if you have a newsletter, join our webring! It's a cool new thing if you're into webs, rings, newsletters and pages on the internet, which is where we're free from government oppression and spying.
Phew, that's it. Going to play with some Oculus today.
Send me notes! I got hardly any for the last couple of issues. Makes me sad. You should send some. Even if they're short!