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by John Moore | December 03, 2008

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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CCHIT is Looking for $$$

A significant portion of CCHIT's funding has come from the government, though they have been able to shrink that reliance to roughly 50% or so of operating costs through the fees they charge EMR vendors to "certify" their products.  But federal funds run out in March 2009 and CCHIT may ...

by John Moore | November 20, 2008

The Google Health Strategy

Chilmark Research is furiously working on its next report that will take an in-depth look at the three major platform plays, Dossia, Google Health and Microsoft's HealthVault.  Shaping up to be an excellent report (in our humble opinion) with a target release date of mid-December. One of the challenges in ...

by John Moore | November 19, 2008

Meet Sec. Daschle

About noon today, it was leaked out that the next HHS Secretary (barring any hidden skeletons) will be former Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle. Best write-up I found so far was over at the Huffington Post. Hopefully, he'll follow in Leavitt's footsteps and continue writing the "Secretary's Blog". ...

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Signs of the Times: WebMD Calls off Acquisition

In mid-September, WebMD announced that it would acquire Marketing Technology Solutions (MTS), owner of the QualityHealth website and two other helth-centric Internet properties for ~$50M.  Now, barely 2 months later, WebMD announced, in a terse press release this morning, that it has backed away from a complete acquisition of MTS ...

by John Moore | November 18, 2008

Ted Kenndy & Healthcare Reform – Local View

Yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy made a surprise return to the Hill - surprise in that he was not expected to return till January.  His top agenda item is healthcare reform. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0kIXPQ3rVM&hl=en&fs=1] And what might we expect from the Senator? Many believe that Senator Kennedy will work with the Obama administration ...

by John Moore | November 14, 2008

Potential Impact of Widespread PHR Adoption

The Partners Healthcare pseudo-analyst firm, CITL has just released a monster report on the potential value of PHRs. At 144 pages, it is imposing, but don't let the page count fool you as the Executive Summary will serve just fine for the majority of readers. Report was sponsored by Google, ...

by John Moore | November 13, 2008

Strong Competition for CMS Demo

Just got word this morning, competition for CMS PHR demo for AZ & UT was extremely high. CMS & Nordian (CMS's private administrator for that region who will oversee the project) received a total of 44 proposals.  Of the 44 submitted, 17 met the criteria for deep review and consideration.  ...

by John Moore |

Serve Your Country

Obama's transition team is moving ahead to make key executive appointments but there is a whole slew of other, maybe not quite as prestigious, but important positions that will open up as result of the new administration. If you are considering a move to serve your country, go take a ...

by John Moore | November 11, 2008

PHR Vendors Selected for CMS Demo

Though the official announcement is scheduled for tomorrow, CMS sent out a thin (little content) media advisory announcing the four winners (or might they be losers as they must shoulder all costs) who will have the opportunity to offer their PHR to CMS beneficiaries in Arizona and Utah.  The press ...

by John Moore | November 10, 2008

Cleveland Clinic & HealthVault Unite

In an interesting twist, Cleveland Clinic and Microsoft's HealthVault Grp announced a partnership this morning to address chronic disease management. The interesting twist is that Cleveland Clinic was the showcase beta customer for Google Health, which was announced by Google's CEO Eric Schmidt earlier this year at HIMSS. Like their ...

by John Moore | November 07, 2008

HIT Market Projections ala Obama

The pundits are out beginning to comment on what the Obama administration will mean to the healthcare IT market.  One of the leading HIT spokespersons, John Halamka made his predictions earlier this week.  Today, I came across a fairly lengthy article in CNN Money.  At first thought of critiquing both, ...

by John Moore | November 06, 2008

9.1M Users for Google and/or Microsoft Health Platforms

The DoD is facing the same issues as its private sector counterparts with unsustainable growth in healthcare spending, which is now estimated to be well over $43B in 2008. A key contributor to that growth has been medications, growing from $1.6B in 2000 to $6.2B in 2006. Earlier this year, ...

by John Moore | November 04, 2008

First Gaming, Next Healthcare?

Just came across this Business Week article that looks at the rapidly growing popularity of the iPhone as a gaming platform and how it may already be threating the traditional players in this market. First thought that crosses the mind: Why not healthcare as well? With some 16 pages of ...

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