Archive for January, 2007

Social Networking in Healthcare 2007

January 5, 2007

Will social networking expand with patient blogs and MySpace-type websites for disease and conditions. Social networking has been common in some disease groups for years – for instance the cancer listservs from ACOR.org. The American Cancer Society has sponsored personal websites, blogs and discussions for the past few years with some success and now has introduced a Relay for Life website. Newer Web 2.0-style social networking for health is now coming to the fore with sites like DailyStrength.org.  Will these have enough momentum to maintain a business model on subscriptions and ads?  2007 will be the year to tell.

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2007 – The Year of the Consumer in Health IT

January 4, 2007

In an article by Joseph Conn in Modern Healthcare, “In health IT, consumer’s role on the rise“, he quotes the president of HIMSS saying “I think you’re going to see more and more development around tools for the consumers, especially from employers, trying to use the consumer to be the vehicle to bring about change in healthcare.”  Citing the Dossia project and other employer-sponsored PHR and eHealth initiatives, the question remains as to whether the consumer will trust their employer or insurance company to deliver their health information. Also, the push for quality data from consumers will drive new developments in comparison tools for hospitals and providers. Patient-focused treatments driven by advances in genomics will begin to bring pay-as-you-go treatments back to medicine. He concludes the article with a quote on privacy and the need for trusted entitites (physicians and hospitals) as being the brokers of these services.

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Disruptive Technologies 2007

January 3, 2007

In an article from Information week titled, 5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007, the authors pick Web Services as one of those technologies. Broadly defined, the author site Software as a Service (SaaS) as well as Web 2.0 technologies as fitting this category and “a solid application platform.” Everything from enterprise email hosting to AJAX applications to expense and travel applications are now available as web services for the enterprise. How fast will organizations, particularly those in health care, move essential functions to web services rather than hosting multiple operating systems in house. It comes down to a question of what the business of healthcare is (patient care) and how essential it is to have internal services.  Web Services can be internally hosted as well and part of a broader Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Quotes from the article: “The good news is that we finally we have a software architecture and business model that can meet our growing need for agility” and “Web makeovers, go slowly on deploying these technologies, start with some basic skills on CSS or RSS before moving any deeper, understand what expertise you have in-house versus what you need to purchase, and examine whether your existing portfolio of Web applications needs to be updated with more modern and dynamic content tools.”

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Will 2007 be the Year of the PHR?

January 2, 2007

Is the health care industry finally aligning itself to promote Personal Health Records in 2007. While EMRs saw a steep growth curve in 2006 and although adoption of EHRs seems slow, are PHRs of all types ready to take off? PHRs which are connected to EHRs or to claims data appear to be popping up regularly or at least provider and payer organizations and even employer groups are announcing plans to launch or purchase EHR products. And the word is getting out to the consumer community which in many cases is ready to take charge of their own medical records. What is lacking are clear recommendations on which product to choose and how to trust the security on any given product. Once these issues are addressed more actively, adoption of PHRs by consumers which increase this year. My prediction is that 2008 will then be a year when products are sorted out and winners and losers will become apparent.

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Welcome to My New Blog Space

January 1, 2007

Today I have officially moved my eHealth blog to this address. Please update your feeds and links. This new site will allow comments and trackbacks which I look forward to.

I will continue the same content and comments on eHealth, personal health records, electronic health records and health care IT in general.

Welcome.

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