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by John Moore | August 27, 2008

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 ...

by John Moore |

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 ...

by John Moore | August 13, 2008

Why HIEs Succeed and RHIOs Languish

Back at the beginning of the year, I did a Top Ten Predictions post where one of the predictions was the continued struggles of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and the steady rise of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).  Since much of the ballyhooed National Health Information Network (NHIN) is built ...

by John Moore | August 11, 2008

No Free Lunch or What Might CMS Get from PHR Vendors?

Late last week, CMS, through its claims administrative contractor Nordian, announced that they are seeking Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to pilot PHRs for Medicare consumers in Arizona and Utah. Nordian has put together a special webpage for PHR vendors to obtain more information about this pilot demonstration. And you are ...

by John Moore | August 07, 2008

States Begin Driving PHR Initiatives

We are beginning to see States step up to the plate and begin sponsoring PHRs. A couple of weeks ago the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reported (great comments there BTW) that the governor of Minnesota (and possibly even the republican VP nominee) will roll-out a PHR to state employees ...

by John Moore | August 06, 2008

2x Growth in iPhone Apps in 2 Weeks

Just dropped by the iPhone AppStore to see if any new health & wellness applications have been added to the site since the post I did on July 23rd. Imagine my surprise in seeing some 64 separate iPhone apps - a doubling of the number of apps in 2 short ...

by John Moore |

The Rebranding of P4P

Last year I attended the Healthcare Quality and P4P (Pay for Performance) conference put on by the World Health Congress. This was my first healthcare conference and it provided me a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the healthcare market and critical issues therein. Well, its been a ...

by John Moore |

Privacy of Health Data? You must be joking.

Yes, I do rant on at times about the whole privacy of health data issue as there is so much fear mongering, ill-informed/ill-logical pronouncements and just mis-information that it makes me want to scream.  Of course, there is also the nearly weekly reports of this healthcare institution or that blowing ...

by John Moore | August 05, 2008

Revolution Health Seeks Life Preserver

A recent article in the publication Workforce Management reports that Revolution Health has signed-on investment bank Morgan Stanley to help it explore options including seeking outside investments and even possible sale. I'm not at all surprised. If you have been a regular reader here you know that I am not ...

by John Moore | August 01, 2008

Connecting the Ecosystem: Interview with RelayHealth

Couple of weeks back Microsoft’s HealthVault announced a strategic partnership with McKesson’ RelayHealth for which I wrote a short post.  Following up on the announcement, I recently had the opportunity to speak with RelayHealth’s General Manager, Ken Tarkoff, who provided further background on this partnership. Key Points from Interview: A ...

by John Moore |

Another Perspective on the AHIC Mtg

Yesterday, Healthcare IT News did a story on the AHIC event I participated in on Tuesday.  Article does  nice job of capturing some of the high-points, including a few quotes from yours truly.  Most of these quotes came in response to questions asked that followed my formal presentation.  The article ...

by John Moore | July 31, 2008

The Link, or Lack Thereof

At the AHIC event earlier this week, there was a third panel that presented to the AHIC and HHS.  Their topic was focused on the need to link Clinical Research to Clinical Care, or more specifically, clinical researchers' desire to tap into the treasure trove of data resident in health ...

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