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by John Moore | January 05, 2009

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 ...

by John Moore | December 30, 2008

HealthVault Adds Another Arrow to its Quiver

Seemingly on a roll, OptumHealth, the consumer facing health and wellness division of United Health Group (UHG), the nation's largest health insurer, announced yesterday that it will support health record portability by allowing members to export their Optum PHR data to HealthVault.  Basically, what this means is that any user ...

by John Moore | December 29, 2008

What’s In Store for 2009: Top Ten Trends & Forecast

Maintaining a tradition among IT analyst firms, following is Chilmark Research's forecast of Top Trends for 2009.  While there is a significant amount of "crystal ball gazing" in any forecast, 2009 is particularly challenging due to an economy that has yet to stabilize and a new administration and re-invigorated Congress ...

by John Moore | December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

We'll be taking a break and not returning until next Monday.  In the meantime, we wish you all a Joyous Holiday, be it Christmas, Hanuaka, Kwanza or any other celebration you may have this time of year. Regardless of what you may celebrate, the following cartoon by one of our ...

by John Moore |

2008, What was Hot, What was Not

One of the nice things about all the writing done over the past year is that one can go back, apply some analytics and see exactly what topics/posts were popular over the past year. So, drumroll please... Following are the Top Ten Posts at Chilmark Research for 2008 with brief ...

by John Moore | December 22, 2008

2nd Round for CCHIT PHR Up for Review & Comment

Today, CCHIT released the next round for public comment of the proposed PHR Certification Requirements, (the PHR docs are at the bottom of the page).  Comments for the Second Round are due by January 21, 2009. Took a quick glance, here's what we found so far: CCHIT has added some ...

by John Moore | December 18, 2008

HIMSS Joins Auto Industry to Hold Out the Hat

Yesterday, the industry group HIMSS released their blueprint for the incoming Obama administration. Quoting the Executive Summary, the blueprint makes the following recommendations (our perspective in italics): Invest a minimum of $25 billion in health IT to help non-governmental hospitals and physician practices adopt electronic medical records (EMRs).   Additional funding should ...

by John Moore | December 17, 2008

More on Feds’ Privacy Framework for Consumer Health Records

The online publication, NextGov has a good article that further outlines the new privacy framework that Sec. Leavitt announced on Monday during the NHIN event being held in DC.  Article is the best one I have seen yet on the subject (all the HIT rags have been pretty abysmal covering ...

by John Moore | December 16, 2008

HL7 Releases Draft Standard of PHR-FM

The HIT standards organization, HL7 sent out a press release today announcing that the PHR Systems Functional Model (PHRS-FM) is now available for trial use.  This functional model has been in the making for ages (glad no businesses were depending on this model to make their mark) and now we ...

by John Moore |

Leavitt’s Parthian Shot – Consumer Health Privacy Framework

As HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt begins packing his bags making way for incoming Sec. Daschle, he is leaving a number of legacies behind such as a very checkered success record with the NHIN (RHIOs continue to rise and fall with grant funding sources) still lacking traction, a Medicare system still ...

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 ...

by John Moore |

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 ...

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