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Aetna, Cigna, Wellpoint Recreating Their Business Models

Major U.S. health insurers, including Aetna Inc., Humana Inc. and WellPoint Inc., are retooling to become more than just health plans, in the wake of the federal health-care overhaul that is changing the rules for the industry’s core business. Diversification plans, touted in meetings with investors this year, include stepped up acquisitions and partnerships that […]

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Lesson for Healthcare: Disrupt Your Own Business Model Before Someone Does it TO YOU

Healthcare needs positive role models for innovation…and we have a real-time mentor in Netflix. If you have a Netflix subscription, you probably identify with the company as providing a convenient DVD rental service — order on the web, the DVD arrives by mail, send it back in the handy pre-paid envelope when you’re done. Today’s ReadWriteWeb […]

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We’re Building a REALLY BIG Health Internet!

How big a network will the Health Internet (aka National Health Information Network) be? My BOTE (back-of-the-envelope) calculation is that this network could consist of about 301 million nodes.  Here’s my math (pls. clarify or amplify): 300 million individuals in U.S. 700 K doctors 5 K hospitals 295 K — other B2B healthcare entities Very rough…but I hope you get […]

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Medicare Health Support (MHS) Claims Another Victim: LifeMasters Files for Chapter 11

Updated 6:10 pm, September 14, 2009 One bad deal can ruin your day. Today, LifeMasters filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  According to its press release: “The Chapter 11 filing is the most efficient path for the company to restructure liabilities that are a result of Demonstration Projects previously performed under contracts with the Centers for […]

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Microsoft HealthVault is a Serious Business Strategy. Will Google Health Become More than a Hobby?

Google Health…please stick around….but please also get your stuff together. Over the past few days, several of my respected colleagues have written excellent blog posts essentially asking “Does Google Health have life?” Scott Shreeve — CLEAR! Shocking Google Health Back to Life John Moore — Is Google Health Irrelevant? Will Crawford — Future of Google Health I […]

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Adieu, LifeCOMM

“Qualcomm pulls the plug on LifeComm”  announced Brian Dolan of mobihealthnews recently.  As demonstrated by e-CareManagement blog readership, there has been a lot of interest in LifeCOMM.  My first blog post on LifeCOMM in 2007 has been single the most commented on post and the second most widely read blog post. It’s taken me a while to […]

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Cerner Disses Google Health. Surprised?

Vince Kuraitis and David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA We’re not. From the Kansas City Business Journal : Google Inc. has approached Cerner Corp. about a partnership, but Cerner officials don’t sound eager to entangle themselves with the Web-search Goliath. That’s because the proposed partnership relates to Google Health, the personal health record site launched earlier […]

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Healthways Fights an Uphill Battle on Medicare Health Support Phase II

Earlier this week Healthways issued a press release describing their progress in pursuing a Phase II Medicare Health Support (MHS) project.   Read Dr. Jaan Sidorov’s blog commentary for additional background. In brief, Healthways position is that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is statutorily required to expand into Phase II of MHS if Phase I is “successful”. […]

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Next Generation Disease Management, ala Google

    Google Wants to Index Your DNA, Too Business Week; April 18, 2008 A few years ago I remember reading a vivid description of how much information is contained in one person’s genetic code:  a stack of phone books high enough to reach the top of the Washington Monument.      Tags: disease management

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