Intelligence Briefs

An eclectic collection of discoveries:

Prediction: Someday loyalty rewards programs (analagous to frequent-flier miles, etc.) will come to the health care industry. But the industry will have to figure out who pays for it, and how to avoid creating incentives to overuse or abuse the health care system. George Van Antwerp, “The Patient Advocate”

Most Americans (57%) say that restaurants serve portions that are too large. The percentage is even higher among women, highly educated people and people who try to make “healthy choices” when eating out. Decision Analyst Inc.

U.S. legislators are worried about a TV “train wreck” : On Feb. 18, 2009, tens of millions of televisions that aren’t equipped to receive digital signals will become useless pieces of furniture. Members of Congress fear that consumers who don’t get the message will swamp them with angry calls. Associated Press 

ExecRelate is a new online subscription service that provides intelligence on directors, executives and their relationships. The service displays linkages and commonalities such as board memberships, job history, educational background and association memberships. LexisNexis

The “top road travelers” — defined as the 20% of U.S. adults who traveled the most miles in a vehicle in the past 7 days — also tend to be the heaviest users of home and personal technologies (e.g., PDAs, MP3 players, DVD players, HDTV, video games, Internet usage). Scarborough Research

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