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by John Moore | January 27, 2009

BlackBerry Application Storefront Coming

Following on the hugely successful iPhone AppStore and the more recent Google Android Market, Research In Motion (RIM) intends to launch its own Application Storefront for the BlackBerry in March.  ZDnet interviewed the folks at RIM on their plans, which was published today, following RIM's announcement Monday of accepting submissions ...

by John Moore | January 26, 2009

HR 1: Stimulus Package and HIT

Just finished reading/scanning HR 1, the House Stimulus bill focusing on the HIT section, to which some $20B greenbacks will flow. This Bill just went just the Appropriations Committee and will likely pass the full house later this week. The HITECH Act (HIT for Economic and Clinical Health), is massive ...

by John Moore | January 23, 2009

Web2.0 Use Among Hospitals

Interesting analysis of hospitals across the country that are using Internet-based, social networking tools, often referred to as Web2.0 (e.g., facebook, YouTube, Twitter) to connect with consumers. Based on this analysis, we are clearly at the very early stages of adoption as only 2.5% of hospitals nationwide are currently using ...

by John Moore | January 22, 2009

Open Source Devices & Telehealth

Imagine what combining an Open Source hardware and software platform together might do in the medical device industry, particularly for less stringent telehealth applications.  This is something that some in the industry are beginning to look at by leveraging the novel platform from a small New York city based start-up, ...

by John Moore | January 21, 2009

Health Privacy is Dead

The tech guru/gadfly, Robert Scoble, formerly of Microsoft blogger fame and now with FastCompany put up a post on the microblogging site, friendfeed with the title: Health Privacy is Dead, Here's Why Now Scoble is very well-known in the tech/social media circles, so when he does a controversial post such ...

by John Moore | January 16, 2009

PHR Vendor CapMed Acquired

Recently, CapMed, one of the oldest PHR vendors in the market was sold by parent, Bio-Imaging Technologies to Metavante Technologies for $500K. Obviously a firesale. While Bio-Imaging seemed like an odd company to be in the PHR market, really don't see the synergies at Metavante either.  Apparently not a very ...

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Feds Launch Two PHR Initiatives This Week

This week, the feds made two announcements that have pertinence to the PHR market. CMS PHR Demo Launches in AZ & UT First, CMS announced the launch of the trial PHR program for Medicare members in AZ and UT.  Beneficiaries can chose a PHR that fits their specific needs and ...

by John Moore | January 14, 2009

Medicity and Novo Merge: Brilliant or Desparate Move?

While a rumor was leaked about a week ago that Medicity and Novo Innovations would merge, the rumor became official this morning.  The merger of these two vendors in the nascent RHIO/HIE (Regional Health Information Organization/Health Information Exchange) market is brilliant move bringing together two companies with distinct, but complimentary ...

by John Moore | January 13, 2009

Data Liquidity Needs to be the Focus says Booz Allen Hamilton

Yesterday, Booz Allen Hamilton and the American Hospital Federation published a report that argues for an emphasis on data liquidity.  Report even goes so far as stating that an over-emphasis on EMR adoption (plenty of bills on Capitol Hill being introduced to promote such) may be misguided. Quoting the summary, ...

by John Moore | January 12, 2009

Cloud Computing in Healthcare, A Presentation

Last Friday, had the opportunity to present to MITRE and their Healthcare Transformation group.  This MITRE group is responsible for developing LAIKA, the platform used by CCHIT to validate EMR solutions for certification.  Extremely bright group of engineers with some excellent ideas and many good questions over the course of ...

by John Moore |

NRC Report Critical of HIT Adoption Practices

On Friday, the National Research Council released a pre-publication version of their report: Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions.  This report is important for two reasons: It is produced by an unbiased organization that is known for critical thinking on any number of topics. Comes ...

by John Moore | January 08, 2009

Apple Dominates Mobile Web

Couple days back we put up a post on the serious money being made by those developing apps for the iPhone.  What we failed to mention is that Apple actually has two products for the mobile Web, the iPhone and the iTouch.  iTouch has all the features of the iPhone, ...

by John Moore | January 07, 2009

Hurricane Gupta Hits

Yesterday, a rumor hit the wires that the Obama adminstration was strongly considering Sanjay Gupta, CNN's health reporter and a neurosurgeon to boot, for the position of Surgeon General. OK, so... Well, that rumor is generating all forms of comments and Blog postings (just do a search, too many to ...

by John Moore | January 06, 2009

The Mobile App Goldrush

Last week the Washington Post published an article on the fervor surrounding the iPhone and the slew of independent developers that are making boat-loads of money by creating apps for the iPhone.  As the article correctly points out, Apple's goal is not so much to make money from selling these ...

by John Moore | January 05, 2009

HIT Part of Stimulus Package, Rumor $25B

Well, looks like one of our 2009 predictions may already be toast. We predicted that despite all the hype, federal funding for healthcare IT would not be forthcoming in 2009.  Our reasoning was simple, there are so many sectors seeking some sort of financial rescue, HIT would not make the ...

by John Moore |

VCs See Promise in Healthcare Apps

Article in today's NY Times that looks at where the Silicon Valley Venture Capital (VC) firms are likely to place bets in 2009. Some highlights and our comments follow: 1) Article starts by saying almost anything Web2.0 that is ad-supported and free to the consumer will fall out of favor.  ...

by John Moore | January 03, 2009

Might Real Value of Genetic Testing Lie Elsewhere?

Yesterday's post talked about my recent "plunge" into the world of genetic testing via participation in the Scripps-Navigenics study.  A comment by Microsoft HealthVault's Chief Architect, Sean Nolan addressed one of my questions: Exactly what would be the data type that Navigenics would pass over into one's HealthVault account?  Sean ...

by John Moore | January 02, 2009

Taking the Plunge: The Scripps-Navigenics Study

In early October, a joint announcement was made by the medical research institute Scripps, genetic testing company Navigenics, genetic testing instrument supplier Affymetrix and Personal Health Platform provider Microsoft HealthVault to conduct a 20 year study that will seek to determine if knowledge of one's genetic pre-dispositions to diseases would ...

by John Moore | December 31, 2008

Peace & Good Health in the New Year

As 2008 comes rapidly to a close, we at Chilmark Research can't even begin to express our gratitude and thanks to all the individuals who have helped us along the way in 2008. This was a monumental year for us as it was in late May that we released our ...

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Leveraging New Media to Get the Message Out

Earlier this month we wrote about what is arguably some of the most innovative concepts (well, they have really only piloted one, which is now preparing for broader market roll-out) from any health insurer - that from Humana and its skunk works, CrumpleItUp team. Following SlideShare presentation provides an inside ...

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