The Stanford IT doctor is in (this stuff could save your life)

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Why do I praise Seagate? Because they pay me to have conversations with smart people in the technology business. I pinch myself every day.

Here’s one example: Christopher Longhurst. He’s a doctor at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He also works in the IT department there. Since our son was born there three weeks ago, and we got a close up look at the computers and other devices strewn through the hospital (free wifi!) I wanted to get the behind-the-scenes look.

The most interesting thing? Is just how many mistakes get made in hospitals and how information technology is being used to keep those errors from happening.

This 47 minute conversation is very interesting. Why? Well, he’s working with Google on a personal healthcare site. We cover a LOT of ground about technology trends inside the medical industry.

Thanks to Bryan Zug for hooking us up! Bryan is a guy you should know too. He does the video behind the Seattle Ignite events (which are really awesome) and is a developer who works on a variety of projects including a contract job with the hospital.

UPDATE: we cover the various “personal healthcare services like Microsoft HealthVault” at about minute 41 and also cover some of the fears of giving services like these your health care data. Don’t miss that part of the interview, especially around minute 44 where he explains what these new health services could do for you.

UPDATE2: Rocky did a short, seven-minute version where he pulled out the highlights of this conversation so if you don’t have 47 minutes, this one is for you.