The United States faces a severe health crises. Healthcare costs more and is less effective here than in many other nations. A large influx of baby boomers is entering Medicare that will place enormous stress on the system. In the population as a whole, inappropriate health life styles are engendering obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic ills.
Information systems technologies have the potential to help alleviate our health crises. Fortunately, there are significant capabilities in Silicon Valley that could be harnessed including at Stanford, VA Health System, other health providers, and high tech companies.
In this talk, I discuss how health information systems technologies can enhance current pilot efforts by providing means for recruitment, sustainability, and scalability.
The slides for this talk can be found at http://hist.carlhewitt.info. Some users have had problems viewing the site in Firefox, but appears to be accessible using IE, Chrome, and Safari.
About the speaker:
Carl Hewitt's doctoral dissertation included a design for Planner,
the first programming language based on procedural plans invoked
using pattern-directed invocation from assertions and goals. Planner
was influential in the development of both logic programming and
object-oriented programming. He is also known for his work on the Actor
model of concurrent computation, which influenced the development of
the Scheme programming language and the
His recent work related to this talk is "Formalizing common sense for scalable inconsistency robust information integration using Direct Logic™ Reasoning and the Actor Model" in Proceeding of Inconsistency Robustness 2011 and can be downloaded at http://www.robust11.org.