Hacking Yourself: Hard Core Behavior Change

Location: E146 Level: Intermediate
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Behavioral Economics gives you the tools you need to change your own behaviour using financial incentives in clever unconventional ways.

These techniques have been consistently proven to work in research. If you want to change, putting money on the line works.

But so far there have been very few well designed applications that make this happen and even fewer that are available under Open Source licenses.

We will be releasing an open source version of RunOrElse.com that will allow anyone to use these techniques without using our service. We believe that you should have the freedom to “program” your healthcare any way you like and that means you need sourcecode. We plan on giving it to you.

Our code will focus on running, but it can easily be extended to almost any behaviour that you can measure about yourself digitally. Essentially, using this code, if you can Quant it, you can change it.

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Fred Trotter


Fred Trotter is the leading consultant and advocate for Free/Libre and Open Source (FOSS) Health Software. In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Trotter was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’.

Trotter has contributed code to FreeMed, OpenEMR is the current project manager of MirrorMed and the original author of FreeB, the worlds first GPL medical billing engine. In 2004 Fred Trotter received the LinuxMedNews achievement award for work on FreeB. Fred Trotter manages the Open Source EHR review project with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Open Source Working Group (oswg). Fred is also a member of WorldVistA.

Fred Trotter is a recognized expert in Free and Open Source medical software and security systems. He has spoken on those subjects at the SCALE DOHCS conference, Retail Healthcare conference, LinuxWorld, and DefCon. He has been quoted in multiple articles on Health Information Technology in several print and online journals, including WIRED, zdnet, Government Health IT, Modern Healthcare Online, Linux Journal, Free Software Magazine and LinuxMedNews.

Trotter has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. Trotter minored in Business Administration, Cognitive Science, and Management Information Systems. Before working directly on health software, Trotter passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. Trotter was originally trained on information security at the Air Force Information Warfare Center.


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