Tuesday, December 7, 2010


According to this Venn Diagram, I am a geek. I think this is quite a good description of the difference between these words actually. I wear the badge proudly.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Social Media Primer

My friend Areg wrote an award that won the Pepperdine MBA paper contest. He gave me permission to share it here. It's a useful primer/101 document for those who are new to social media and want to leverage it for there business.

GSBM - Social Media Paper - Bagdasarian - Tamehiro - Final Draft

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thought of the Day (on the iPad)

If you say something is a giant version of one of the most innovative products of the past century, is that really an insult?

With that in mind, I bought an iPad today. I'm not really sold on it as anything other than a media consumption device, but, when you think about it, media consumption is pretty much what this world is about now...

I think we'll port our Upward Mobility apps over to it. I do think that we have something to offer i our format over content that can be found on the open web.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

White paper on mobile health care

It's been a ridiculously busy few months. One of the things I've been working on is a white paper on mobile health care. I contributed a lot in the early thought process and ideation, though my CSMG colleague Aaron Nutt gets credit for actually writing it. I think there's a lot of interesting insights, so check out.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Moca releases source code

One of the projects I've been working on for the past two years, Moca released its source code.

Telemedicine in the Making: Moca Source Code Released

Moca, an MIT-based student organization, is pleased to announce the official release of the Moca source code, a set of foundational building blocks for telemedicine applications. This solution allows healthcare workers to digitally capture patient information using Google Android-based smartphones and transmit files via the cellular network to solicit feedback from urban-area specialists. Fully integrated into the OpenMRS electronic medical record system platform, the release of the Moca source code represents an important contribution to the nascent health care open source movement.

The components of the Moca end-to-end solution are now available for download by the public on the Moca website (www.mocamobile.org) and include:

Google Android Client Application: The interface with which a health care worker can document patient information and upload the medical data to OpenMRS. This application permits users to document information through text, images, and GPS location. Any user is welcome to demo the application on their own Android smartphone and upload their patient case to Moca's OpenMRS server for viewing.

Moca Dispatch Server: The intermediary layer between Moca's Android client and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The Moca Dispatch Server also provides flexibility to extend Moca to other cell phone platform devices and medical record system back-ends.

OpenMRS Moca Module: An OpenMRS plug-in that allows urban-area specialists to receive patient cases uploaded from the smartphone to the Moca Dispatch Server. The Moca Module creates a queue of patient cases in need of review and allows for SMS or e-mail messaging for specialists to send further instructions to healthcare workers.

OpenMRS Flash Media Viewer Module: Moca's open source contribution to the OpenMRS platform. The Media Viewer allows healthcare providers to view and manipulate patient images with contrast, zoom, brightness, and sharpness, in addition to playing audio and video media files. The Media Viewer is modular in design and can be used outside of Moca's remote medical diagnostics applications.

Documentation: Step-by-step instructions on how to demo the system and setup a development environment.

Sample Questionnaires: The application includes disease-targeted patient assessment questionnaires developed by ClickDiagnostics in collaboration with a network of doctors through extensive pilots in Africa and Asia. These assessment questionnaires showcase the potential impact of Moca for field health professionals.

The Moca team approaches this project mindful that a strong telemedicine solution needs to be made publically available and customizable. The Moca client application was written for the Google Android operating system, an open source operating system for smartphones, and is hardware agnostic to allow for flexible adoption and compatibility with current technological infrastructures.

The Moca team encourages health organizations to work with this platform and to customize the solution for their own development projects. As IT integrations into healthcare present immense challenges such as workflow re-design and worker acceptance, Moca provides assistance for deployment implementation and assessment. Developers are encouraged to contact Moca at questions@mocamobile.org to discuss potential collaborations. Technical questions about the software can be directed to the online forum: moca-users@googlegroups.com.

The team is currently in discussion to deploy the Moca solution in the Philippines, U.S., India, and Mexico. Future plans for the solution include the creation of an improved customization platform and the expansion of data input functionality to include video and audio. Moca also hopes to expand compatibility with plug-in medical devices for ultrasound and electrocardiographic review.

The release of the source code represents a major milestone in Moca's development. Moca began as a NextLab student project at MIT, and has since grown to a group within MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics. Group members include student volunteers from MIT, HarvardSchool of Public Health and Harvard Business School. Further, the maturity of the current source code was made possible through the advisory of field experts from a wide array of partners, both commercial corporations and NGOs.

To contact the Moca team, please write to questions@mocamobile.org.

Moca would like to acknowledge Asia Pacific College, ClickDiagnostics, Dimagi, Google SOC, IEEE, MIT Corporate Relations, MIT Industrial Liaison Program, MIT Public Service Center, National Telehealth Center of the University of the Philippines, Nokia, OpenMRS, Partners in Health, Regenstreif Institute & Telmex for their support.

Moca Mission Statement:

To revolutionize healthcare delivery in remote areas through innovative mobile information services that improve patient access to medical specialists for faster, higher quality, and more cost-effective diagnosis and intervention.

Based on the work and contributions of students, volunteers, partner organizations, and sponsors, to build and be recognized as a leading open source data collection and collaboration platforms for clinical research and best practice health care delivery for the underserved.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thoughts on Google's Nexus One

It’s not a game changer, neither from my perspective as a mobile apps developer, a social entrepreneur who needs cheaper smartphones in the marketplace to scale some of our models, or as a wireless industry consultant.

It’s a minor upgrade from the hardware perspective on the Motorola Droid. It’s on a 2nd tier carrier, and there will be comparable Android devices released later in the year. It’s essentially another G1, a “type 1” device running on T-Mobile. The $500+ unlocked price point isn’t going to do much for anyone – you can get an unlocked anything at that price. By the time it gets into the supported, subsidized lines for major carriers, there will be better devices up there.

So while I’m expecting some uptake because it’s Android 2.1 and a high end processor, it’s essentially a high-end phone. I’m expecting Sony to release an Android Xperia that will blow this out of the water at some point soon, so patience may be a virtue here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

On Tech Art

Recommendations on tech art from my Swarthmore classmate Branen Salmon...some pretty neat stuff here for those who are interested in how technology and art intersect.

Well, broadly, tech art appropriates technologies and applies them towards aesthetic or critical ends--often both. It's a wildly broad space, and Seattle's tech art community has people working all throughout it. There are a few "full-time" artists [1], but most of the folks in the scene are either software developers, engineers, or musicians by trade. (Or self-fashioned mad scientists [2] with academic day jobs.) I don't have a good feel for the market--I'm sure that some people collect tech art, but I get the impression that most of the people making it aren't expecting to sell anything. That could just be my bias, though--my favorites have this odd tendency to be big, fragile, dangerous, environmental, mobile, social, or otherwise unruly.

But yeah! Seattle's tech art community is big and full of quality. If you'd like to catch something closer to home, Philly has (had? I'm speaking circa 2004/5, here) some truly kickass artists. New York's got a lot of stuff going on (though it's less cohesive than Philly), and I'd be shocked if Boston didn't have something, too. Good places to start include the Slought Foundation [3] and Klein Gallery [4] in Philly, Eyebeam [5] in NYC, AXIOM in Boston [6], and Dorkbot [7] in all three cities.

[1] http://www.washington.edu/dxarts/profile_research.php?who=brixey&project=vault
[2] http://amasci.com/art/pondmach/pond3.html
[3] http://slought.org/
[4] http://www.kleinartgallery.org/current_exhibition.htm
[5] http://eyebeam.org/
[6] http://www.axiomart.org/
[7] http://dorkbot.org/