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by John Moore | December 15, 2008

WebMD Targets Physician Community Prize

Just received a PR this morning from WebMD where they are crowing that they are now Numero Uno in the physician social networking sphere.  The PR claims that their relatively new social networking site, Medscape Connect now has over 100K registered users.  Pretty impressive number considering they were initially caught ...

by John Moore | December 12, 2008

iPhone Apps Plateau, Nothing on Android

Doing the monthly drive-by of mobile health & wellness apps, what do we find... Apple iPhone: There are now nearly 400 health & wellness apps in the iTunes AppStore today.  While this is more than double the apps we found in early October, we are beginning to see some signs ...

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Transparency & Clinical Trials

This morning's WSJ's Science Journal takes a particularly harsh and somewhat uncharacteristic (at least for WSJ) look at the pharmaceutical industry's practice of sequestering less than favorable clinical trials' results.  Appears that the sheer volume of clinical trials today, 50K ongoing among some 2.3M patients creates an enormous amount of ...

by John Moore | December 10, 2008

Humana Breaks the Mold

Slowly getting the hang of Twitter and while cruising around the TwitterSphere yesterday looking for updates from the WHIT'08 conference in DC came across a guy providing live tweets from the event.  Looking more closely at his profile, it turns out he works in a "skunk-like" innovations group at Humana, ...

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Live Tweets of Google Health Webcast

Sitting in on the webcast by Google today, most discussions is focusing on Google Health. Doing "live tweets" via twitter which you'll find at john_chilmark ...

by John Moore | December 09, 2008

From Halls of Swedish Academia – Patterns for Health 2.0

Stumbled across this research paper today on Web2.0 design patterns for chronic care of pediatric patients (prototype, diabetes type 1). Authors are from the Swedish University, Linkoping University. This technical paper addresses patterns in Web design and use of Web 2.0 tools. While most of the paper coveres the fundamentals ...

by John Moore | December 08, 2008

Beginning of the End for Health 2.0?

Late last week, one fo the Health 2.0 darlings, DailyStrength, bit the dust and was acquired by HSW Inc.  Was never a big fan of DailyStrength, thought their model was just another "me-too" social network with little idea as to how to actually generate revenue.  Their partnership with Revolution Health ...

by John Moore |

Old School PHR at Barnes & Noble

Yesterday, went shopping for Christmas gifts for nieces and nephews. Since the beginning, have stuck to giving books as gifts until the kids reach about 13, then its on to things like iTunes GCs. So far, no complaints (actually, if they have someone to read to them, kids absolutely love ...

by John Moore | December 07, 2008

DoD Launches Pilot PHR, MiCare with Google & Microsoft

Last month, we posted on reports that the Department of Defense (DoD) was working with both Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault to provide military personnel and their families a PHR.  On Friday, the DoD formally announced the launch of MiCare, their PHR for beneficiaries.  MiCare will provide users with a ...

by John Moore | December 04, 2008

Google Health to Host Webcast Next Wed

This morning, Google Health's new leader, Sundar, put up a post annoucing a webcast they will be hosting next week, Dec. 10th at 10am PT.  Looks like it is targeted to physicians, but applicable to all interested in what Google is doing in healthcare. Top-line agenda items: The latest on ...

by John Moore |

Day One: eHI Conference

8:15am After the formal introductions, Karen Davis, head of The Commonwealth Fund has taken the stage.  She's beginning with the slides we have all seen (that is those of us who attend these events), unsustainable growth in spending, not getting what we paid for, etc.  Their "National Scoreboard" has found ...

by John Moore | December 03, 2008

Will Google Kill Google Health?

Interesting story in today's WSJ on Google's recent moves over last year or so, which have accelerated more recently, to trim expenses as revenue growth slows.  As Google battens down the hatches to weather the economic storm, makes one begin to wonder what is in store for Google Health, a ...

by John Moore |

Next-up DC & the eHealth Initiative Event

Over the next couple of days I'll be attending the eHealth Initiative's (eHI) annual event.  Being in DC, as one might expect, the agenda is absolutely loaded with policy wonks, lobbyists, congressional staffers and countless others that have some "stake" ($$$) in healthcare. Was hoping to get a good read ...

by John Moore |

FDA Partners with WebMD to Distribute Content

Just received a PR from WebMD announcing a partnership with the FDA to distribute FDA content (consumer health news and alerts) via WebMD channels (both Internet and print).  This is not too dissimilar to what the FDA is currently doing with Medem, though the Medem partnership is targeting physicians and ...

by John Moore | December 02, 2008

Tata Consulting – Next to Jump into Fray?

Yesterday, we did a post on United Health Group's new consumer initiative myOptumHealth commenting on how they have joined what is becoming an increasingly crowded market of look alike health & wellness solutions.  Seems as if all these companies (WebMD, EverydayHealth, myOptumHealth, Revolution Health, etc.) are all using the same ...

by John Moore | December 01, 2008

United Health Jumps Into Consumer Fray

Being the nation's largest heatlhcare insurer, it was only a matter of time before United Health Group (UNH) jumped into the fray of providing a consumer-centric healthcare website, which they announced this morning, myOptumHealth.com.  This follows similar moves by competitors CIGNA (finally coming on-board), Wellpoint (who seems to be adrift) ...

by John Moore | November 26, 2008

Engage with Grace

Today there is a bit of a "Blog Rally" going on with regards to the "One Slide Project." A significant number of writers are coming together dedicating a post to an extremely important, and timely project: How exactly do we and fellow friends and family members wish to spend those ...

by John Moore | November 24, 2008

Targeting Digital Natives

Late last week, the MacArthur Foundation released the results of a seminal, 3-year ethnographic study that looked closely at how youth are using new media in their everyday lives.  For the report, Living & Learning with New Media, some 800 youth were studied which included over 5,000 hours of observations ...

by John Moore | November 21, 2008

Ughhhhhh, this industry is putting us in a funk

We thought of attending the HIMSS Virtual Conference this week but went to sign-in and were shocked to be asked to fork over $80.  Having participated in these types of events in the past (another industry) we know first hand that these are dirt cheap to put together, sponsors fork ...

by John Moore |

Am I the Only One…

that finds it ironic that the AHIP and various BCBS groups have come out in support of healthcare reform and universal health coverage, that is of course, ONLY if ALL citizens are covered, both sick and the young immortals. Sure, it's great to see growing support to insure all citizens ...

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