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Congress Getting Serious about Telemedicine: Are CDOs Ready?

March 28, 2015 by Shahid Shah

telemedicine / shutterstock

Kathleen Irwin, a medical market researcher at web-based EHR evaluation group Software Advice, recently conducted a survey report drilling down into health consumer’s perception of the growing telemedicine industry. The survey found that the great majority (75%) of patients are interested in virtual visits. Are we prepared?[read more]

Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

March 26, 2015 by David Harlow

The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data.[read more]

Cool Facts About Big Data in Healthcare

March 25, 2015 by David Avitabile

Big data is here

Big Data is big business. In healthcare, Big Data holds enormous promise, and we're already seeing its impact in areas such as precision medicine, biopharmaceutical R&D productivity, mobile health, telemedicine and more. Just how big is Big Data today? Consider these impressive statistics.[read more]

More Sign Posts on the Road to Connected Health Adoption

March 25, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

Another sign of connected health adoption

Just three weeks ago, I wrote about sign posts on the road to connected health adoption. That post was meant to help readers appreciate the subtleties of a changing environment. A turn of phrase by a senior executive or thought leader can easily be missed if you’re not listening carefully.[read more]

Online Bill Pay Starts to Accelerate in Healthcare

March 22, 2015 by David E Williams

A handful of startups have made the online bill pay process more consumer oriented, with the idea of improving collection rates, lowering administrative costs, and increasing patient satisfaction with the process. I’ve interviewed the CEOs of two such companies, Simplee and PatientPay.[read more]

Lucky Us! How New Medicines Are Cheating Death

March 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Patient Power lung cancer town meeting

I am meeting people who have the good fortune to be sick at a time when there are truly breakthroughs to give them back better health. When you meet scores of people like this, you feel grateful to the often unseen researchers who made this happen.[read more]

Google's Mobile Notice: A Dire Warning for Healthcare Websites

March 18, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA


The Godzilla of search engines—Google—has published a warning that, beginning in April, websites that are not “mobile-friendly” will rank lower in search results. We can test that and evaluate your website for you, but here’s why being mobile-friendly is especially important to hospital and healthcare websites.[read more]

Helping Patients Quantify Their Health Data: The Quantified Self Movement

March 16, 2015 by Abby Norman

Quantified Self

The implications of the Quantified Self Movement have widespread implications for healthcare improvement, and tech megaliths like Apple and Sony have been anxious to get their piece of the pie by racing to develop apps and wearable tech for patients.[read more]

BIG-BIG-BIG: Company, Heart and Checkbook

March 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

The last time I was in the Turner Auditorium at UW Health Sciences, I was a Clinical Informatics student learning about telehealth as more or less a theory. That was five years ago; now sitting in the same seat the numbers are flying in with results showing how telehealth is saving big bucks for hospitals.[read more]

Digital Health Startups and Strategically Integrated Investors

March 10, 2015 by Shahid Shah

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What I call the “Venture Development Lifecycle” (VDLC) is the path from an idea to product/market fit and profitability. As you go from one phase to another, and are seeking investors to join you on the journey you’ll have one key task at each phase: show how you’ve already reduced risk in the previous phases and which risks remain in future phases.[read more]

Telemedicine Marketing Strategies: Building Thought Leadership

March 10, 2015 by David Avitabile

Building thought leadership is an effective strategic tool for companies that are focused on providing innovative products and services. Telemedicine is a great example of an area where establishing thought leadership can make a real difference for companies.[read more]


5 Tech Trends in Healthcare in 2015

March 9, 2015 by Phil Cohen

Technology in healthcare in 2015 is rapidly expanding. Sometimes, tools starting off as "tech toys" find ways to be applied to healthcare and revolutionize the way we look at our medical systems. 3-D printing, Google Glass, smartphone technology, and post-discharge clinics are just the beginning.[read more]