CIO of Harvard Medical School Explains Why He Writes a Blog

John Halamka, MD, MS, is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing emergency physician:

"I've found that I can answer many questions in public forums by referring to postings I've made in my blog. I've posed several questions to the community via my blog and received many helpful responses. The big question will be - it is sustainable?

People who know me well know that I am not driven by fame or fortune, I just want to make a difference. My experience running a software company in my early 20's taught me that judging the value of life by a number in a bank balance, the type of car you drive, or the size of your house is not very satisfying.

I also crave learning. I welcome suggestions on how to become a better blogger."

Dr. Halamka sleeps only 4 hours per night and has been using 30 minutes from that time since he started blogging.

Blogging about Blogging. Life as a Healthcare CIO.
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  1. He should be careful with those short nights.
    Regards Dr Shock

  2. dude, i wish there were more doctors like you, who like to share and not just interested in fame, power, and well, all them other bad things. i am a fam doctor