Dan Greden, head of eHealth Product Management at Aetna, speaks with David Harlow about PHRs and patient engagement

Dan Greden, Head of eHealth Product Management at Aetna, spoke with HealthBlawg last week about Aetna's PHR system, its above-average rate of adoption by members, and the benefits that it provides to members, clinicians and ultimate payors. The audio file of my interview with Dan Greden (about 30 minutes long) is available for download/podcast. A […]

Live tweeting Health 3.0 for Health Plans and Retail Clinic conferences

A tale of two conferences (in Las Vegas, no less) and twitter.  I posted my presentation slides and a link to my live tweeting of a conference on retail health clinics yesterday.  I also attended a conference this week focused on health insurers' efforts to promote better subscriber engagement in managing their own health, largely […]

David Harlow speaks at retail clinic conference

I am at the Retail Based Health Clinics Congress in Las Vegas.  I tweeted yesterday's proceedings (tomorrow's should be available at the same link) — that is, except for my own presentation, which is posted below for your viewing pleasure.  There has been an interesting exploration of the range of services and models currently being […]

Is American Well the disruptive innovation to unseat retail based health clinics?

To paraphrase Mark Twain, are rumors of the death of the retail based health clinic highly exaggerated?  There have been widely-reported dips in retail clinic growth, and growth has not kept pace with optimistic projections from an earlier, happier time.  Why is that? Is it the economy as a whole?  Is it the health care […]

HIPAA faces the music: New OCR Guidance on the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Electronic Exchange of Health Information

HIPAA guidance for the world that followed HIPAA (finally): HIEs, PHRs, etc., and how they may be brought under the big tent of HIPAA. OCR release from late yesterday: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published new HIPAA Privacy Rule guidance as part of the Department’s Privacy […]

Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council: Quality and cost transparency or veils?

One of the much-ballyhooed (and predictably delayed and diluted) innovations of the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform and universal access law is the development of an online resource providing cost and quality data in a consumer-friendly format.  MyHealthCareOptions debuted last week (see HCQCC press release).  After taking it for a spin, I must express my […]