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What We’ve Been Reading – Week of August 18

This week we are introducing a new recurring segment on our blog – instead of solely supplying our dear readers with new content from our analysts, we thought it would be valuable to provide some insight into what we find

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Can Apple Keep the Doctor Away?

“His treatment was fragmented rather than integrated. Each of his myriad maladies was being treated by different specialists – oncologists, pain specialists, nutritionists, hepatologists, and hematologists – but they were not being coordinated in a cohesive approach.” – Steve Jobs,

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HIMSS or Bust

Next week is that proverbial event we all, in the HIT industry, look forward to with some trepidation - HIMSS’14. For an analyst firm such as ours HIMSS provides us a great opportunity to talk with end users, vendors of all

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mHealth13: Lots Going On, But Few New Developments

Another year, another mHealth Summit. HIMSS’ younger sibling has slowly grown over the last five years, a period that has seen a Precambrian explosion of companies and advances in mobile tech. However, despite some early hints of maturity, the mHealth

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Benchmarking Payers Adoption of Consumer Tech

Awhile back, a large health insurer (payer) commissioned Chilmark Research to do a market scan on how payers across the country were using emerging consumer technologies to engage their members. We found this project to be quite interesting and rather

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mHealth Apps & Patient Engagement – Moving Beyond Transactions

Despite a constant buzz around the idea of using mobile technologies for patient engagement, the depth and breadth of these solutions has remained consistently thin and frankly dated. Today, healthcare organizations who are adopting and deploying engagement solutions are focusing

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mHealth: Seemingly Stuck in Neutral

As many readers know, Chilmark Research has been a strong proponent of mHealth for several years. Despite this enthusiasm, we sometimes come away from a conference, such as this week’s mHealth Summit, with the feeling that the only ones making

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Giving Thanks, Albeit Belatedly

While it would be much better to give thanks prior to our (the US’s) big Thanksgiving holiday, sometimes things just get in the way as has been the case this fall. In fact, many things have gotten in the way

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Dr. Watson I Presume

Little over a month ago, IBM and WellPoint announced an agreement wherein WellPoint will deploy IBM’s latest and greatest super computer and artificial intelligence mega-mind Watson. Watson’s claim to fame was its ability to beat the human Jeopardy champions much

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Robust Processes Supported by Health IT Core to ACO Success

On March 31st, the HHS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) dropped its neutron bomb (proposed Accountable Care Organization (ACO) rules, caution PDF) on the healthcare industry. Much like the neutron bomb, the proposed rules will leave buildings standing,

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mHealth: Is it a Market?

Been attending the mHealth Summit for the last 3 days and an over-arching theme has been: mHealth is unlikely to ever become a market in its own right. Backing up this claim have been the countless projects/products being presented at

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TeleHealth Still Waiting…

Last week’s Connected Health Symposium was once again an event about a sector just waiting to break-out of perpetual pilot stage. This was my 4th Connected for Health Symposium (it holds a special place in my heart as this was

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Is the mHealth Hype Justified?

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of hype regarding mHealth.  In late August Deloitte published an Issue Brief: The Mobile Personal Health Record (mPHR) that led to the conclusion that an mPHR will become the “killer

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Shedding a Light on HIT – Beacon Awards

Last week, the White House finally announced the 15 Beacon Award recipients who will split the $220M (roughly $15M each) to effectively leverage HIT to improve healthcare delivery in their communities. While many a community waited patiently for this announcement

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Looking Back: 2009 Forecast Assessment

A common practice among analyst firms such as Chilmark Research is to make annual predictions of what is in store for the coming year.  Chilmark will be making its own predictions for 2010 in the next couple of weeks.  Unfortunately,

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Learnings from mHealth Summit

Over the last two days, been attending the Foundation for the NIH’s event, the mHealth Summit.  This being its inaugural year, the event has been covering a wide gambit of issues, but the majority of panel sessions, keynotes and what

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HealthVault’s International Strategy

One of the more intriguing sessions at the recent Microsoft Connected Health Conference was that hosted by Mark Johnston, International Business Development Lead for Microsoft Health Solutions Group (HSG).  During this session and follow-on conversations, Chilmark Research received a pretty

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GE and Intel Target Telemed, Put $250M on Table

GE and Intel today jointly announced a partnership to address the healthcare telemedicine market, which they peg at $3B today, and more than doubling to $7.7B by 2012.  Companies agreed to pool $250M for R&D over the next five years. 

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Telehealth in US has Long Way to Go

Philips finally released its long awaited study on the adoption of telehealth technologies among the nation’s some 976 home healthcare agencies. Initial results of his study were released last fall at the Connected for Health conference and I have been

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The Painfully Slow Move to Online Services

This week, the LA Times has an interesting article on how major insurers Cigna and Aetna will be reimbursing physicians for providing online consultations.  It is encouraging to see these major payers step-up and support such practices. Other payers will

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Impressive Results from NHS

Yes, many will joke about the healthcare system in the UK, but when it comes to implementing healthcare IT, they have done some impressive work, the most recent being the completion of a nationwide roll-out of a Picture Archiving and

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Philips Continues Buying Spree

Philips Electronics announced on Friday that it will acquire Respironics for $66/share or about $5.13 billion, a 24% premium.   This is the third and largest healthcare-centric acquisition that Philips has made in December.  The first was Emergin, a small

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Telemed Delivering for California Diabetics

This week, the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) announced that they were expanding a a pilot diabetes monitoring program, nearly quadrupling the number of clinics from the initial 12 to 42. The purpose of the program was to perform retinal screening

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Merging Outsourced Services with Software

Merge Healthcare, a company that was once a darling in the Business 2.0 community has fallen from its lofty perch and is now struggling to stay viable in the rapidly changing medical imaging market. Despite current financial woes, the company

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Coming to a Cell Near You – TxtMed

Today’s Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has a fairly long article, by their standards, (section D, pg 1) on the use of cellphone text messaging to deliver health related information. Unfortunately, the article tries to cover too much ground going from

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Telehealth Data Points

In the post Telehealth Goes to Washington, I referenced the recently released AdvaMed report. Well, to save you some time, here are some data points abstracted from that report. Among benefits cited in the report: * A study of diabetics

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Telehealth Goes to Washington

At the recently held Connected for Health symposium, which I reported on previously, a widely held belief among participants was that telehealth would not see substantial growth until the largest potential market, seniors, start receiving Medicare benefits that covered telehealth

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Is Telehealth Gaining Momentum?

Connected for Health this week was really about Telehealth. Yes, they had some peripheral sessions, like one on Personal Health Records (PHR), another on employer sponsored health and wellness programs, but make no mistake, this was really about telehealth. These

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Next Week: Connected Health Symposium

On Monday and Tuesday of next week, I’ll be at the 2007 Symposium, Building the Connected Health Economy, which has quite an impressive line-up of presenters and round-tables that touch upon a variety of topics related to healthcare technology. Particular

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