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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.  ...

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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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WebMD on the iPhone

Last Thursday, WebMD released an iPhone app that is now the third most popular app in the health & wellness section. Pretty impressive popularity considering a modest user rating of three stars. Looking at the comments it is clear that WebMD rushed this product to market. Makes one wonder if ...

by John Moore | November 03, 2008

Healthcare IT, Politics & the Election Tomorrow

We do not like to venture down the path of healthcare policy discussions for the simple reason that there are far too many people far brighter and knowledgeable than us on the subject who we defer to, and besides, where would our differentiation be in what is already an extremely ...

by John Moore | October 31, 2008

One of the Best

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite days and always though it would make a great national holiday for the simple reason that it allows us to take on any persona we desire, for a day or evening. Tonight, I will dress in my traditional garb of long hooded cape ...

by John Moore | October 30, 2008

Perspective on WebMD’s 3rd Qtr Numbers

WebMD and Healtheon jointly announced earnings for Q3 (ending Sept. 30th) late this afternoon. Sat in on the conference call and pick-up a few tidbits of information to pass along. Comments will focus on WebMD's operations. Why do an analysis of WebMD? Quite simply, they are arguably the largest market ...

by John Moore | October 29, 2008

Google, Microsoft, Dossia & WebMD: Panel Highlights

One of the treats of this week's Connected for Health Symposium was the opportunity to moderate a panel entitled: Personal Health Information Platforms and Records: What's the Nitty-Gritty Situation on the Ground? Obviously, I could not provide notes on this session while concurrently moderating it, but did find the following ...

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HCNN Delivers First Alert

Last month, wrote a post that outlined the new Health Care Notification Network (HCNN). The network is designed to replace the current, antiquated snail mail approach of delivering physicians important alerts regarding drugs they may be prescribing. The first notification went out this week and in somewhat typical Medem fashion ...

by John Moore | October 28, 2008

Connected for Health: Day Two

8:00am, Keynote Regina Herzlinger, Professor @ Harvard and author of Who Killed Healthcare: Very good, thought provoking and at times funny presentation. If you ever get a chance to hear her present, do it! Key points made: Need to move to Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CDHP). CDHP's are crippled until we, ...

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BIG News: J&J Jumps into Health 2.0 Market with Acquisition

Late yesterday, Johnson & Johnson announced that they have acquired HealthMedia, an online health & wellness service.  HealthMedia positions itself as an online health coaching service and sells this service to employers (eBay, J&J, etc.) and payers (BCBS plans, Aetna, etc.). In their press release, J&J state that HealthMedia is ...

by John Moore | October 27, 2008

Connected for Health: Day One

Bouncing from the Health 2.0 event last week to Connected for Health Symposium here in Boston, organized by Partners Healthcare, I'll be reporting on some of the key presentations. Will also be moderating the afternoon session on the major platform plays, Dossia, Google Health, HealthVault and WebMD who is not ...

by John Moore | October 23, 2008

Health 2.0 Wrap-up

Couple of long days and now listening to the wrap-up panel, Looking Ahead - The Business and Society of Health 2.0. One of the panel members, David Lansky, formally of Markle Foundation and now heading up the business healthcare group, Pacific Business Group on Health. Disturbing statement from Lansky was ...

by John Moore |

Health 2.0 – Day 2

8:15am Interview with healthcare SaaS darling athenahealth. CEO Jonathan Bush is being interviewed by Chris Lawton of the Wall St. Journal. Jonathan speaks so fast (he definitely has ADHD) it's nearly impossible for me to keep up. One comment from Jonathan: Many of the Health 2.0 companies say they are ...

by John Moore | October 22, 2008

Health 2.0 Day One

8:15am, Intro done, Matthew, founder with Indu of the Health 2.0 conference announce all the countries and cross-section of companies represented. Quite amazing just how many people are here, nearly 900, considering the first Health 2.0 event was just over a year ago. Some very very general comments from Matthew ...

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Aetna Jumps onto HealthVault Bandwagon

In what will likely be on e of the "bigger" announcements here at the Health 2.0 conference, Aetna and Microsoft made the joint announcement that beginning in November, Aetna members who use the Care-Engine PHR (underlying technology is ActiveHealth which Aetna acquired a couple of years back), will be able ...

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