The Maturing of the Cyberchondriac Market

HarrisInteractive’s latest poll on Americans searching for health information online begs the question: “Has the number of cyberchondriacs declined?” The pure stats show that 1 in 2 American adults searched for health information in the past month — about the same proportion as last year (within the statistical sampling error). So can we assume that […]

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Cell phones and health: the yin-and-yang of wellness

Mama always said there are at least two sides to every story. When we’re talking about cellular phones and health, there are many aspects to consider, pro and con.Mobile phones make sense when we think about peoples’ health: health doesn’t just happen when someone’s in the doctor’s exam room; it happens every minute of every […]

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Wal-Mart enters telemedicine

Leave it to Wal-Mart to continue to grow its franchise in health through yet another revenue center: this time, it’s telemedicine. The company will pilot telemedicine through retail clinics in Houston, Texas, and will be trademarked as Walk-In Telemedicine Health Care. Wal-Mart will be partnering with My Healthy Access and NuPhysicia, the private company that […]

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The retail clinic world is flat (and a yearning for eRx)

Just as the mainstream press got used to the idea that retail clinics were The Next Big Thing, the American Association of Family Practice solidified its statement on the concept, and health plans began to pay for visits to them, their growth has begun to slow. According to Merchant Medicine, an advisory company to the […]

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Medicine meets the wiki: welcome Medpedia

There’s a new wiki in the health social media town, Medpedia. Among the most popular online sources for health information is Wikipedia. Millions of people search Wikipedia daily for insights into medical conditions, drugs, and procedures. Now comes the announcement of a sharply-focused wiki from the most credible of academic health institutions: Harvard, Michigan (my […]

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