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Barefoot at HIMSS? Just Trying to Follow Dr. Google’s Orders

If you see me in flip flop sandals, Vibram Five Fingers (VFF), or a barefoot-style shoe at HIMSS14 — please withhold fashion judgment. Since Jan 1, 2014, I have been performing a little “care management” on myself — as ordered

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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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Payers Take Another Stab at Engagement with Consumer-based Tools

It is now nail-biting time, as we here at Chilmark Research brace ourselves for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act.  We as a nation are indeed living in very interesting times and I

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Much Ado About Patient Portals

From Chilmark Research’s perspective, patient portals are by and large Much Ado About Nothing. Sure, plenty of healthcare organizations (HCO) talk about patient access, engagement, and satisfaction and how they wish to empower their patients. They point to their glossy

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KP Flexing EMR Data for Public Health

Don’t vaccinate your child for whooping cough and put them at a 23x greater risk of contracting this nasty disease.  That is the finding of a research report released today by Kaiser-Permanente (KP).  Last week Chilmark Research had the opportunity

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What’s in All Those HealthVault Slides Anyway

Yesterday, I pointed the reader to the Microsoft site that had the slides posted from last week’s HealthVault Developer’s Conference. This afternoon I reviewed the slide decks, all of them, and here is what I learned. From the Technical Track:

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HealthVault Signs on Kaiser

Today is the first day of the big HealthVault developers’ conference Microsoft is hosting. Purpose of the conference is to bring together the “legions” of developers that are looking to build Personal Health Applications (PHAs) on top of the HealthVault

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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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Break out the Champagne – Another PHR Goes Live

Scraping the bottom of the press release (PR) barrel it would seem, Kaiser Permanente announced today their consumer personal health record (PHR) “My Health Manager” for members is now live. This is hardly newsworthy as there are a whole host

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