by ndrao | April 21, 2015

Progress Amidst the Stumbles: Patient Engagement at #HIMSS15

We went into Chicago for this year's HIMSS with an eye on the engagement space, and left with a sense that the market is undeniably moving forward. That being said,  engagement is still a messy, immature area for healthcare,  which was typified (and perhaps exacerbated) in the chaotic, unorganized jungle of

by ndrao | April 01, 2015

HIMSS’15: Patient & Consumer Engagement Watchlist

Tough to believe that another HIMSS is nearly upon us. Yet several weeks away, we find ourselves already fully booked up with vendor briefings, press requests, media interviews, and the like. While the excitement and energy of the annual HIMSS show are undeniable, those who have been to the show

by ndrao | January 14, 2015

The Digital Pharmacy: Walgreens’ Emerging Strategy

The Walgreens PR team has been busy of late, announcing a spate of partnerships that aim to transform them from a brick-and-mortar retail pharmacy into a digital one-stop shop for health care consumers. Specifically, three press releases in recent weeks have revealed a strategy that aims to leverage the 82 million

by ndrao | December 09, 2014

2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement

For better or for worse, 2014 was a big year for consumer engagement. Big on promises from industry on wearables, smartphone platforms, and connected health, to the tune of over half a billion dollars of VC investments in consumer-related healthcare companies. Big on growth for consumer-centered technologies (video visits) and

by ndrao | October 01, 2014

Branding, Cheerleading, and even some Progress

 “There’s no wrong way to spend your time at Health2.0.” – Health 2.0 Last week, hundreds gathered from around the world for the 8th annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. For better or for worse, the event continues to be a one-of-a-kind affair; Matthew and Indu have a

by John Moore lll | September 26, 2014

#WWBR Week of September 22, 2014

In this week's WWBR, lots on pricing transparency and payment reform in the health system, and some new thoughts on whether all this excitement is really warranted. On a slightly different note, Brian shares a very important IOM article addressing one of those topics people rarely talk about - end of

by ndrao | September 09, 2014

3 Quick Thoughts on Apple Watch

As expected, Apple announced the latest addition to their product lineup, the AppleWatch. We will leave the hardcore dissection to others, but in watching the event (or trying to watch what was an absolutely awful livestream, complete with annoying Chinese translator, and random recurring muting/video freezes), we came away with

by ndrao | July 01, 2014

A Digital Dose of Magic Medicine

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. One out of four adults has two or more chronic diseases. One in three children is overweight or obese. Projections are that by 2050, one third of Americans will have diabetes. These are America’s proverbial ball and chain: lifestyle-driven afflictions
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