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Updated: 2018-02-23T04:20:23.522-08:00


AmericanEHR Incorporates ONC’s Certified HIT Developer Transparency Data


I have always been proud of the work I was part of at Hot Tomali.  One of our most prolific endeavours was the work we did on American EHR pertaining to Electronic Health Records knowledge.  Hot Tomali CEO Thomas Stringham is a key co-founder of, the voice of the American medical community pertaining to ratings and readiness preparations for electronic health records software platforms. AmericanEHR is dedicated to the creation of an online community of clinicians who use IT to deliver first rate health care to American citizens. Through education, social media and the collection of peer contributed data, AmericanEHR provides tools and data to facilitate optimal decision making for potential EHR purchasers. The company has grown substantially and is largely considered the top source of accurate and timely data on the most common EHR software platforms.

On July 19 this new announcement came out:

ONC recently launched a dashboard listing new transparency information for certified health information technology. This data was released to help purchasers of health IT to access information about costs and limitations they may encounter when implementing and using certified health IT products. Developers must also make a Transparency Attestation indicating whether they will take additional voluntary actions to increase transparency regarding their products and business practices. This includes proactively providing meaningful information to prospective customers and to organizations that publish comparative information and tools for the benefit of health IT purchasers. The disclosure of this information is required under certification rules established by ONC on January 14, 2016.

AmericanEHR is proud to announce the full integration of ONC’s Certified Health IT Developer Transparency Attestation data into our certified EHR product profiles and our EHR comparison tool. Users can now see if a Certified Health IT developer supports or has declined to support the Transparency Attestation. Links to each developers Public Product Disclosure(s) are also available as downloadable PDF’s or web links.

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Neo4J Fundamentals Training in Vancouver, BC this week!


Neo4j FundamentalsDuration:  8-hours/1 daySkill Level: BeginnerCourse DescriptionThis course will give you a foundational knowledge of graph databases and use cases. You'll learn all the getting-started basics, including data import and creation, basic modeling, and querying. Learn to use Neo4j's powerful query language, Cypher, and how it can drastically improve your connected data problems.Link to register: Suited For:Anyone with an interest in database technologyDevelopers, Administrators, DevOps engineers, DBAs, Business Analysts and students.Skills taught:An understanding of graph databasesHow to use graph databasesIntroduction to data modeling with Graph databasesHow to get started working with Neo4jBuild confidence in building a graph enabled application PrerequisitesYou don’t need any previous experience with Neo4j, NOSQL databases or specific development languages Course OutlineIntroduction to GraphsIntroduction to Graph based ModelingNeo4j and CypherAdvanced Queries with CypherReal-world implementation use cases with Neo4jTechnical requirements*You will need your own laptop.*  Please arrive early to quickly install the product and labs used in the class.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?For any questions about the event, e-mail training@neotechnology.comOriginal post at[...]

Energy Efficient Building Funding Available


As you all know, a large part of my work has been focused on energy efficiency including renewable and alternative energy development. I was fortunate enough to have worked directly with many great minds at the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).

I keep myself involved in many conversations around these subjects and wanted to share some great news.  The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program (ETP) has announced the availability of $8 million USD for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001383, “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016.” BTO seeks to fund three Innovations topics and two Frontiers topics to support our efforts to reduce the energy use of commercial and residential buildings. In addition, a supplemental section will provide a maximum of $100K/year to encourage partnerships between universities and for-profit companies.

This is great news for those who have ideas that have not yet been implemented. Especially in cases where the prime reason for not implementing the ideas is funding related.

The Innovations section will support:
  • Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings 
  • Human-in-the-Loop Sensor & Control Systems 
  • Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies 
The Frontiers section will support:

  • Plug and Play Sensor Systems 
  • Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings 

Details are as follows:

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 29, 2016
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: April 18, 2016
Informational Webinar: December 21, 2015, 2:00 PM ET

Apply Now


Google Places "Type" Dropdown list (Free HTML Code)


I've been working on a new venture named GoPage (  As part of our lookup through the Google Places API, we need to pass over the "type" parameter. The Google Places API is a REST based API that uses the URI to control facets of the returned data.  The type is added in based on the taxonomy containing over one hundred different types of locations expressed here.The request is made by issuing the following post:,2.347589&radius=5000&types=food|cafe&keyword=vegetarian&key=API_KEYThe types=value parameter is shown in blue.  If you find yourself wanting to implement this in an HTML drop down list, you will not find that code on the internet (as I did not) and face the tedious task of having to write it yourself.  Well, today is your lucky day. Here is the code done for you. Now you have time to do something else (like play video games) and tell your boss you worked hard to copy and paste all 100 types into the HTML source.Have fun!(Remember to paste this as Plain Text and change the form action to your own code)