Keith W. Boone, The Standards Geek, a HiMSS14 Interview

by Patricia Salber

Keith W. Boone, The Standards Geek, GE Healthcare
Keith W. Boone, The Standards Geek, GE Healthcare

Keith Boone is a man with several aliases. He is best known in the world of HIT social media as @motorcycle_guy, but he has the enviable title at GE Healthcare (where he works) of “The Standards Geek.” I had a chance to catch up with Keith at #HiMSS14 to talk, well, standards – and not just any HIT standards but standards for Mobile Health IT.

According to Keith, many developers are building health apps (e.g., to measure blood pressure or weight), but none of them talk to each other because they don’t use standards. He goes on to say that standardization will allow us to develop platforms, like we have on our desktop computers, that will let us do interesting and innovative things with the apps.

If you are a mobile health developer or someone interested in the future of mobile health, it’s well worth watching this video…and then, following up by reading Keith’s chapter “Mobile Health IT Standards,” in the HiMSS publication, “mHealth Innovation: Best Practices from the Mobile Frontier,” edited by Rick Krohn (@rickkrohn) and David Metcalf.

Video edited by Gloria Cho

Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the founder and host of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the CEO of Health Tech Hatch, the sister site of TDWI that helps innovators tell their stories to the world. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.

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