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Platform Failure and Success: Lessons from Outside Healthcare

Healthcare is just starting down the road of adopting platform technology and business models. What lessons can we learn from other industries? A recent article by Andreas Constantinou in Vision Mobile blog provides guidance. The article lists a Dead Platform Graveyard from the past 10 years — you will probably recognize some of the names: Meego […]

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The EHR|HIE Interoperability Workgroup — Potentially Earth-Shattering

Yesterday’s announcement of  “Standard Health Data Connectivity Specifications” by the EHR|HIE Interoperability Workgroup (EHR|HIE WG) is potentially earth-shattering. My mom would not know what I mean by “Standard Health Data Connectivity Specifications,” so I’ll try to write this in plain English. Who Are These Guys? The EHR|HIE Interoperability Workgroup The workgroup consists of HIEs (Health Information […]

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Platform Wars!

Click here or on the graphic to download a copy of my July 11 presentation from this year’s Healthcare Unbound conference. Tags: conference, Healthcare Unbound, platform

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A Rebuttal to PHR Luddites

Unlike some of my colleagues, I’m not losing ANY sleep over whether personal health record (PHR) systems ultimately will be adopted and used by patients. In my mind, the issue isn’t WHETHER, but WHEN. Yes, I know that adoption has lagged and that surveys suggest 7% or less of the U.S. population has used a […]

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Could Facebook Be Your Platform for Care Coordination?

My guess is you’ve probably never asked yourself this question. A quick preview: Technical barriers aren’t the limiting factors to Facebook becoming a care coordination platform. Facebook’s company DNA won’t play well in health care. Could Facebook become the care coordination platform of the future? If not Facebook, then what? 1) Technical barriers aren’t the […]

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Top 20 iPhone Medical Apps: No Connection to EHRs…Yet

iMedicalApps recently published its list of Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps for Healthcare Professionals. What struck me about the list is that the state-of-the-art is stand alone applications — I didn’t see any that had any connection to an EHR (electronic health record).  Here’s the top 5 to give you a flavor of what’s […]

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Doctors Love iPads. What Does it Mean? What Does it Mean?

After attending the largest annual health IT conference of the year — HIMSS 11 –  John Moore reported that “nearly every EHR vendor has an iPad App for the EHR [electronic health record], or will be releasing such this year.” Doctors love iPads…not surprising? But, how might you explain this? There are at least two different […]

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Getting DIRECTly to the Point: The Role of the Direct Project in Fast-Tracking Health IT Interoperability

By Rich Elmore and Arien Malec. Rich Elmore is the Direct Project Communication Workgroup leader and Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Allscripts.  Arien Malec is ONC’s Coordinator, Direct Project and Coordinator, S&I Framework. A patient’s health records are no longer confined to a doctor’s office, shelved inside a dusty file cabinet. With the advent of the […]

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10 Reasons Why an Open IT Platform Strategy is the Right Long-Term Choice for an ACO

Many Physicians and Clinical Service Providers Will Not Be In Your ACO Contracting Network. Expect Significant Patient Leakage (Migration) Out of Your ACO Network Expect Patient Demands for Sharing Records. Minimize Anti-Trust Concerns. Expect Continuing Government Pressure for Broad Data Exchange. Tags: ACO, HIE, HIT, platform, strategy

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