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Doctor: Do You Speak 'Flower'?

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What is flower? At this time it’s an abstraction — a placeholder for several concepts centering on what would healthcare look like if....? And, more specifically what would personal health information (PHI) look like if....? A flower was chosen as the abstraction because it is easily and universally understood, regardless of language, anywhere in the world — a flower is a flower. Where a flower is flower carries the additional abstraction that there is a common ground — characterized by property and implementation. While a fluid and dynamic idea, this informed panel will provide both history and context for its genesis and diverse unfolding narrative. Join Dirk Stanley, MD, @dirkstanley,, Tim Sturgil, MD, @symtym,, and Steven Daviss, MD, @HITshrink,, as we discuss Flower's granularity and transformational potential to make sense of a complex and moving target: informatics, health care and the patient. For additional context and insights on 'Speak Flower' see:, and the threaded discussion on Howard J Luks, MD, blog: