With Summer’s End, Back to Regular Programming

by | Sep 3, 2009

SummerEnd_tnThe college students are back in Harvard Square where our offices are located clearly signaling the end of summer.  Of course, the recent cool mornings and bright blue skies are also harbinger for the onset of fall and in good time, a blustery winter.

These are also signs that Chilmark Research will get back into the flow of more regular posts – we try to post at least 4 substantive posts per week.

In the past, we have taken an approach of writing about issues as they arise, very free-form and flexible, but also challenging in providing some substantive structure to this site.  Therefore, we are going to try an experiment over the next couple of months by borrowing a page from your run of the mill news publishers and have an editorial calendar.  If we like it, and more importantly you dear reader like it, we’ll move the experiment from “beta” to GA.

Our simple editorial calendar goes something like this:

1) Once per week we will address a topic related to mobile devices and health.  About half of these posts will be a review of a particular mobile app such as the positive one we did on Atlas of the Human Brain and the less positive one on Sad Scale.  If you are looking for even more frequent coverage of the mobile health space, we encourage you to subscribe to mobihealthnews where reporter Brian Dolan does a great job.

2) Also on a weekly basis we will look at what is happening within the Personal Health Record (PHR) market, including also those developments that are occurring in the consumer-facing platform/cloud computing efforts of the big three, Dossia, Google Health and HealthVault as well as some of the lesser known entities, such as MedCommons.  This market is heating up fast, particularly on the provider side as the approved “meaningful use” requirements will require providers to provide consumers a PHR by 2013.  Note: Providers seeking ARRA reimbursement must provide a PHR, but that doesn’t mean consumers will necessarily use it as there are a lot of horribly architected PHRs with basically unusable GUIs currently being offered by many an EMR vendor.  Also, Chilmark Research wil be updating its landmark study on the iPHR market with particular focus on provider-based solutions.

3) We will keep the other two posts of the week open to address topics as they arise, e.g. the recently announced $1.2B in ARRA funding for establishing HIT Extension Centers across the country and supporting development of HIEs at the state level or reporting from a conference we may be attending.

We’ll give this a trial run through October, then step back and assess the results.  If we are enjoying ourselves and readership continues to grow, we’ll stick with it.

Now this is our plan, but what do you think of it? Will this plan provide you with sufficient reason(s) to keep coming back?  Is there something we are missing here that you would like to see more coverage of?  We are always looking for feedback so don’t be shy.


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