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by John Moore | September 15, 2008

WebMD Targets Marketing with QualityHealth Acquisition

Anyone who has listened to a recent WebMD quarterly results webcast clearly understands where WebMD sees growth. Not too surprisingly, it is not PHRs via customized portal solutions for payers and employers, despite them having over 250 clients including such household names as EMC, IBM, WellPoint and numerous BCBS plans. ...

by John Moore | September 12, 2008

PHRs Need to be More than Data Stores

There are seemingly countless PHRs in the market with an extremely wide range of capabilities. However, even in the PHR market, the 80/20 rule applies. In this case, 80% of the PHRs are simply data repositories, a place where the consumer enters the usual information such as demographic profile, meds, ...

by John Moore | September 11, 2008

Everyday a Revolution Health or How 1+1=1.5

The Washington Post had a brief article yesterday of a rumor that local Health 2.0 darling, Revolution Health is in merger talks with Everyday Health. Based upon my cursory review of Everyday Health and knowledge of Revolution Health, these two look like a carbon copy of one another - lots ...

by John Moore | September 09, 2008

Price War Coming to DTC Genetic Testing Market

In today's NYTimes business section there is a brief article reporting that direct to consumer (DTC) genetic testing start-up 23andMe is slashing the price of conducting a test by a whopping 60% (from $999 to $399). The cost to do such tests is continuing to drop as the technoloy matures, ...

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AHRQ Event Notes – Is this Deja vu

Last year, I attended one of my first healthcare conferences, that sponsored by the federal agency, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). While I had mixed feelings about that inaugural event (at least inaugural for me), I returned this year to see what progress has been made on the ...

by John Moore | September 05, 2008

Follow-up on PHRs for Disadvantaged

A recent post on the potential of PHRs to serve the disadvantaged has generated a few comments, including one which asked if there were any published reports on the topic. One of the leading PHRs for serving this population subset is MiVIA. I contacted the CEO and founder, Cynthia Solomon ...

by John Moore | August 29, 2008

Chilmark Bound

As I hinted in my previous post, I'll be taking it easy next week and will only put up a post if something really, REALLY important happens. I'll be heading to the namesake of this company, the small rural town of Chilmark MA, located on the island of Martha's Vineyard. ...

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Looking for a Deep Technical Guide to Google Health & HealthVault?

Been quite busy here on a number of projects as I prepare for a long overdue break and head to where else, Chilmark. In and amongst all those projects I received an email last week notifying me that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and California Healthcare Foundation's (CHCF) Project ...

by John Moore | August 27, 2008

Shrinking Boundaries of Privacy

What happens when the grown child of an ill-legal immigrant (she has been in the US since toddler stage) goes to a health clinic, falsifies a Social Security number (borrowed from a friend) to receive pregnancy care?  Well, authorities, in searching through a health center's electronic records, found the discrepancy ...

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BIDMC Makes it Official – Signs on to HealthVault

After the Cleveland Clinic, Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) was the next hospital system to allow their customers to export their health records from BIDMC's homegrown "PatientSite" to Google Health.  Yesterday, BIDMC announced that the customer now has a choice and may also export their records to Microsoft's ...

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PHRs for the Disadvantaged

When those in the industry talk of PHRs and adoption by consumers, virtually all of the focus is on two categories of users who dominate PHR use today, consumers with chronic care needs and a family's chief medical officer, the woman of the house. Both groups of users are by ...

by John Moore | August 26, 2008

USB Thumb-drives: Just a Bad Idea for PHRs

In performing the research that led up to the publishing of our iPHR Market Report in May, one step we took was to look at ll the multitudes of PHR solutions in the market and on which form factor were they offered (i.e., desktop solutions, USB-centric solutions or native Internet ...

by John Moore | August 25, 2008

Debate on Feds HIT Policies Continues

Last week I put up a post with a quick reflection on the three papers published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs.  The lead paper by Carol Diamond of the Markle Foundation and Clay Shirky of NYU created quite a stir in HIT policy circles that continues to ...

by John Moore | August 22, 2008

Security & Privacy Covered by Scientific American

Waiting to meet someone for lunch today here in Harvard Square at the Out of Town News store and on the rack was the latest, September issue of Scientific American. The September issue is dedicated to security and privacy in a digital world.  Though I have not read any of ...

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Taking the Wii to the White Board

At this week's Intel Developers' Forum in San Francisco, former Intel CEO Craig Barrett took some serious digs at the current administration and its lack of movement on pushing innovation, including the woeful state of technology adoption/promotion in the healthcare sector. At the meeting where I presented to Sec. Leavitt ...

by John Moore | August 21, 2008

Will AARP be Next to Offer a PHR?

Coming over the news wires today is a press release from the AARP announcing that they are now offering their members a variety of online health management tools within the Health section of their website. Five specific tools are offered: Symptom Search by Healthline Health Illustrated Encylopedia by A.D.A.M Doctor ...

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Discussion on eConsultations

Th WSJ Blog had a post yesterday on a rurl doctor's support of eRx, but the limitations put upon such Internet practices by state regulations. The WSJ set-up a separate discussion/forum entitled "Visiting you Doc Online" which is getting quite a few comments.  Granted, the WSJ attracts a very limited, ...

by John Moore | August 20, 2008

Policy Pundits Weigh In On HIT Adoption

The journal Health Affairs released yesterday three papers that address issues revolving around HIT adoption. Quick synopsis follows with my views in italics. The first, by Carol Diamond (Markle Foundation) and Clay Shirky (Prof. at NYU) provides a thoughtful analysis on why the current government focus on standards and certification ...

by John Moore | August 18, 2008

Interview with Adam Bosworth, formerly of Google Health

Adam Bosworth made quite a name for himself in the healthcare space while he was leader of the Google Health initiative. All got quite strange, however, when while on vacation late last summer, Bosworth decided not to return to Google Health. And while Bosworth went into stealth mode to develop ...

by John Moore | August 15, 2008

Quick Survey – CMS PHR Pilot: No Money, No Play

I stay in pretty close contact with a wide range of PHR vendors, both big and small to keep close tabs on the market, which is a common practice among "good" industry analysts after they publish a report. I only say "good" for the simple fact that many analysts move ...

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