IDC Health Insights Launches Connected Health IT Strategies Research Advisory Service

FRAMINGHAM, MA – November 2, 2010 – IDC Health Insights today announced the launch of a new research advisory service that examines the evolving Connected Health market. The goal of the Connected Health IT Strategies research service is to provide in-depth coverage of connected health services including videoconferencing, virtual or online care on demand, remote patient monitoring, mobile health, clinical mobility, aging in place, and telediagnostics and the enabling technologies such as health information exchange (HIE) and electronic health records (EHR) to support this new market. Designed for providers, payers, technology vendors, and cable/telephone/wireless companies, this service will provide unique market insight to help leading organizations develop strategies to monetize telemedicine services.

"Connected health is an evolving market," said Lynne Dunbrack, program director, Connected Health IT, IDC Health Insights. "Rapid advancements in information and telecommunications technologies are making connected health technology more accessible to a broad number of healthcare organizations and consumers in terms of cost, ease of use, and distribution. Meanwhile, healthcare reform, an aging population, and an increased focus on managing chronic conditions also contributes to the push for connected health technologies."

According to IDC Health Insights, over the next four years, the healthcare industry will make significant investments in key enablers to telemedicine, including EMR and HIE technologies. If effectively deployed, connected health services will enable the transformation of healthcare delivery from traditional office-based and hospital settings to the consumer's home or anywhere via the consumer's device. This will be critical to achieving the health reform objectives of reduced healthcare costs and improved patient outcomes.

Throughout the year, the Connected Health IT Strategies program will address the following topics:

— Telemedicine, videoconferencing, remote patient monitoring, evisits, and

online care

— Vendor market evolution and vendor product assessment and comparisons

— Mobile health technology

— Clinical mobility (MPOC)

— Aging in place

— Health information exchange (HIE) including enterprise, regional, and

statewide health information organizations and nationwide health

information network (NHIN) and other federal initiatives to promote HIE

— The medical home and accountable care organizations

— Physician and patient portals

— Personal health records

— Unified communications

— Health 2.0 strategies

— Business and IT implications of ARRA and healthcare reform on connected

health

"The Connected Health IT Strategies research advisory service will address key issues critical to success in this burgeoning market," continued Ms. Dunbrack. "The service will identify the key players in the connected health market and examine the requirements and challenges of entering the market. We also will take a look at the size of the connected health opportunity, competitors to date, and what it will take to turn this into a successful market opportunity for technology solutions."

Please join the first Connected Health IT Strategies webinar, What Roles Will Healthcare Stakeholders Play?, on November 30th beginning at 1:00 p.m., EST, to hear an overview of the connected health market and its components; learn more about the key trends driving connected health and the impact of legislation, and examine notable connected health pilot projects. To register, please visit www.idc-hi.com/events [http://www.idc-hi.com/events].

For additional information about the Connected Health IT Strategies research advisory service or for additional information about IDC Health Insights, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-794-3214 or sarahbethmurray@gmail.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email sarahbethmurray@gmail.com

About IDC Health Insights

IDC Health Insights provides health and life sciences industry executives, and the suppliers who serve them, with market research and advisory services. The company's coverage spans the entire health industry value chain and closely follows the payer, provider and life sciences markets with special emphasis on developing and employing strategies that leverage IT investments to maximize organizational performance. Staffed by expert analysts and consultants with extensive industry experience, IDC Health Insights delivers a portfolio of offerings that are relevant to both IT and business needs. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit www.idc-hi.com [http://www.idc-hi.com], email info@idc-hi.com, or call 508-935-4445. Visit the IDC Health Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/health [http://idc-insights-community.com/health].

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