Posts tagged: healthcare

Wal-Mart targets SMB Healthcare market with electronic health record (EHR) solution

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 Mar 13, 2009

Earlier this week, Wal-Mart announced its intentions to enter the electronic health record (EHR) marketplace. Unlike most providers in this space, Wal-Mart is attacking the smallest healthcare practices through a collaboration between its Sam’s Club division, Dell, and private software firm eClinicalWorks.

We’ve been talking quite a bit about the electronic health record (EHR) trend recently, especially in light of President Obama’s commitment to invest heavily in this area. Although Wal-Mart claims it has done work in this market in the past, there’s no doubt in my mind that the company is banking (pun intended) on big government dollars to support its effort this time around — hence, the recent PR moves. In any case, Sam’s Club’s 200,000-strong membership from healthcare providers (e.g. doctors) will certainly help in marketing this new offering. Read more »

Obama’s Plan: Focus on Healthcare, Part 2

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 Dec 12, 2008

In my last post, I discussed some recent research conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine regarding Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions in light of President-elect Obama’s proposal to invest $50 billion in these technologies. In this post, I’d like to broaden the scope of the discussion to include market dynamics, Google’s and Microsoft’s roles, and what the future may hold. As before, you can access a more robust audio/PPT webinar, which also includes some discussion of enabling technologies.

(Webinar note: although I briefly mention the importance of back-file digitization strategies in deploying an EHR — including capture hardware and software — this element should not be understated. Healthcare remains a paper-intensive vertical market, and strategies for digitizing the paper-based information that will continue to be created are at least as important as capturing the mass of legacy documents that are already in existence.  To this end, InfoTrends perceives growth in distributed capture hardware and software, which allow these paper documents to be ingested by EHRs closer to their point of origin.)

There seem to be two somewhat-competing camps in the healthcare records space: Read more »

Obama’s Plan: Focus on Healthcare, Part 1

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 Dec 8, 2008

President-elect Obama has drawn considerable praise as well as stark criticism in recent weeks as details of his economic stimulus plans come to light. In this post, we’ll take a look at the Healthcare vertical in particular, where Mr. Obama has proposed spending “$50 billion over several years to accelerate the adoption of electronic medical records and other health information technology.” A solid analysis of the healthcare proposal is available here, courtesy of the Urban Institute. As with all things politics, the proposal itself will likely change before being ratified.

For those that haven’t followed the digital health revolution, I put together a Webinar overview of recent research from the New England Journal of Medicine and industry trends here (audio/PPT). Among other research findings: Read more »

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