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Changing of the Guard: Implications to Health IT Market

After a brutal election cycle, we are now on the other-side. The Republicans have taken control of the Hill and the White House. The many healthcare programs rolled-out under the Obama administration will now be put under the microscope. While

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Health 2.0: Ten Years On

For my young daughter, 10 yrs is nearly a lifetime – but for myself, nary the blink of an eye. So it felt this week while attending the 10th annual Health 2.0 conference, one part so much time has past,

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5 Key Learnings from PHM Webinar

Last week, I had the privilege to moderate a webinar that took a close look at enabling a population health management (PHM) strategy. Advocate Health Care, based in Chicago, gave an excellent overview of what they have done to enable

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CMS Drops MACRA Rules – 5 Things to Know About MIPS

Big news this week when on Wednesday CMS dropped the draft rules for MACRA, all 962 pages worth. These rules are the outcome of legislation that passed a couple of years back to replace the flawed SGR reimbursement model for physicians

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Kill the Patient Portal

I’ll probably catch a lot of heat for this post, but this has to be said. It is time to accept that the patient portal, as currently architected, is a complete dead-end. Our national efforts to promote patient portals through

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HIMSS16 Wrap: Analysts Answer 3 Key Questions

The pilgrimage to HIMSS has once again come to pass. While certainly not a spiritual pilgrimage – after all it did take place in Sin City – it is a trek into the depths of healthcare IT (HIT). No other

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Fabulous February & Your Key to the PHM Report

Carrying on a tradition I started several years ago, on my birthday as it is today, it is Free February. So what exactly is Free February? It is an opportunity for you dear reader to gain free access to one

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Going Beyond the Obvious: 2016 Predictions for Healthcare IT

Never a dull moment in healthcare. 2015 saw plenty of changes and some inklings as to what may be in store for us in 2016. While there was plenty of noise around ICD-10, it was a non-event in 2015. Likewise,

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Annual Review: 2015 Predictions

What good are predictions and the prognosticators who make them if they never go back and assess those predictions later? A big fat goose egg, or worse, if you set some aspects of your strategic plan in alignment with those

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Top Three Factors Driving Growth in Cloud Analytics for Healthcare

So here is a scary thought for all those who fear the move to cloud services due to cybersecurity and privacy breach concerns - Data as a Service (DaaS) is coming to your community, to your healthcare system soon. Heaven forbid

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Health 2.0 Grows Up

Nine conferences later and finally, the Health 2.0 event is showing signs of maturity. Sure, there remains plenty of cheerleading for all those fabulous little start-ups that claim they will be the ones disrupting healthcare. And the Health 2.0 event is

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Forget the Billboards

Earlier this week I traveled to Hershey PA to give a keynote presentation to the BCBS CIO Summit. Landing in Philadelphia, I rented a car and headed out on PA turnpike to Hershey, about a 2hr drive. Along that drive,

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Health Analytics Summit Full of Surprises

Last week, the analytics vendor, Health Catalyst (HC) invited me to the Health Analytics Summit (HAS), which to put it simply, was full of surprises and a few validations. With over 900 attendees, not counting Health Catalyst employees, this was a

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What Cerner’s DoD Win Means to Industry

So much ink, so little insight. Quite a lot has been published on the awarding of the large Dept. of Defense (DoD) EHR contract, but almost all articles are simple rehashes of the press release and occasionally including some basic, on-the-record,

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HCD Customer Rescue

Health Care Dataworks (HCD), an analytics vendor that has struggled to gain traction, was acquired today by Health Catalyst. Had a quick call this afternoon with Health Catalyst CEO, Dan Burton to get the skinny on this deal, here is

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Building the Team – Fulfilling the Mission

It’s been some eight years since I hung up the Chilmark Research shingle and started this business. I founded the company on a simple belief that still holds true today: Effective deployment and use of IT can demonstrably improve care delivery processes

Waltzing thru the Cafes of Vienna

Ten months, nearly to the day, since I landed in this city. Over that time, I’ve had the pleasure to partake in one of Vienna’s true cultural gems -no not the incredible music you find everywhere – but the Viennese

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IBM in Healthcare: Deja Vu or Something New?

IBM has been making a lot of noise as of late. First, it made a series of announcements at the HIMSS confab about its intentions to go deep into the healthcare vertical. Then last week it announced a partnership with Apple

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HIMSS’15 Pilgrimage: Impressions and Takeaways

Another year, another HIMSS conference. While I often may gripe about this event; the seemingly endless parroting of buzzword(s) de jour, the countless press releases that really are much ado about nothing and highly questionable surveys and research results, that

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Inside Peek at Forthcoming PHM Report

Over the last several weeks, I have been working feverishly to finish our first major report on Population Health Management (PHM), which is now in production. It may appear that we are a little late to the party in providing

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Happy Birthday: It’s Free February

Several years ago I started a tradition of giving away one of our research reports in February to celebrate the month of my birth. It is also a small way to try and give something back to a community that has

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Kryptiq Goes Private

This afternoon, Surescripts announced that its subsidiary, Kryptiq, will be taken private via a management buy-out led by Kryptiq founder and CEO, Luis Machuca. Surescripts will maintain a minority stake in Kryptiq going forward and the two companies will continue

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A Sneak Peek at Austria’s ELGA

Today I had the pleasure of having lunch with an informatics professor from the University of Wien and got an inside look into health IT in Austria. The highlight of our conversation was a discussion regarding ELGA – Austria’s national health

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Free Bight: Inside Health Catalyst’s Partnership with Allina Health

Today, Health Catalyst and Minnesota-based Allina Health announced a deep, ten-year partnership to further respective goals in healthcare analytics. Health Catalyst will gain rights to Allina-developed intellectual property (IP) and add to its ranks roughly eighty Allina employees. Allina will

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Kaffee Kultur in Vienna

Having moved to Vienna in late August, I now have had sufficient time to get to know a little bit more about this central European city and its culture. While I could write about any number of things, from the

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Looking into Our Crystal Ball for 2015

Over the last few weeks, the Chilmark Research team has combed through their research, read countless reports and thrown their i Ching sticks to determine what is in store for 2015 and in some case a little beyond that horizon. As

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.750 Prediction Batting Average for 2014

Hard to believe the year is coming so quickly to a close. A year that saw ONC pretty much implode, an ACA that is garnering fans faster than detractors, an explosion in all things wearable but little clue as to

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Early Impressions of Europe

In late August, Vienna became my home for the upcoming year. From this base, in the heart of central Europe, I will immerse myself into the Euro-culture (and the amazing Kaffee Kulture of Vienna – I may never step into

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How to Work with an Analyst Firm

An analyst firm’s purpose is, through its research, to provide guidance on technology adoption. Providing that guidance requires absolute integrity and objectivity, for without such, a firm quickly devolves into just being a shill for the vendor community. Having been in

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PHM: An Acronym in Search of Technology

“Do We have a PHM Solution for You.” That seems to be the most heard paraphrase from any number of health IT (HIT) vendors claiming to have what a healthcare organization (HCO) needs to address population health management (PHM). However,

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Read All About It: Analytics for Pop Health Hits the Streets

I am happy to announce that the long labors of our Analytics analyst, Cora Sharma, have come to fruition with the release today of our newest report: Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report. This report takes a significantly …

A New Adventure or ein neues Abenteuer

Reporting live from Vienna… That will be my life for roughly the next 10-11 months. Last year my wife received noticed that she was due for her sabbatical. One night while we were wondering what we might do in the

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Big Fish Swallows Another – Will it Choke?

Rumors that have been floating around for months that Siemens planned to exit the health IT (HIT) market have come true. Earlier today, Cerner announced that it will acquire Siemens HIT business for a whopping $1.3B with expected close in

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Incentives, Regulations and Consequences

Good intentions do not always result, in the long-term, in good policy. Such may be the case with the HITECH Act that was passed as part of the huge stimulus bill ARRA in 2009. This bill launched the massive adoption

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HIE is a Misnomer

For years now we have been talking about HIE as if health information exchange (the verb) is happening across health information exchanges (the noun). This is wrong for the simple reason that true, full health information exchange is not occurring.

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Free Research: Migration to Clinician Network Mgmt

Last summer we published another edition of our popular Health Information Exchange (HIE) Market Trends Report. Over the years, this report has for many, become the “authoritative source of information on the HIE Market.” That’s not me talking, that is

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HIMSS14: As Vast and Chaotic as Ever

Three big takeaways from HIMSS14 were: It was great to meet so many new people. Found lots of fodder for future work. I was expecting more push back on my EHR 2.0 trends. The best thing about an event like

HIMSS-pressions

What an epic (or is it Epic, or for that matter EPIC) ride where one seemingly goes in and out of noise tunnels on the exhibit floor all in the hopes of finding some meaningful signal as to what is

HIMSS or Bust

Next week is that proverbial event we all, in the HIT industry, look forward to with some trepidation - HIMSS’14. For an analyst firm such as ours HIMSS provides us a great opportunity to talk with end users, vendors of all

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Is the EHR Transformational?

Under HITECH, physicians and hospitals have adopted EHR technology in droves but are now coming to grips with the fact that their brand new EHR is not well-suited for the new world of value-based reimbursement (VBR). For years, healthcare providers

What’s in Store for 2014?

That time of year once again where we collectively look into our crystal ball, or throw the sticks or maybe even look at the coffee grinds dripping down the sides on our coffee cup to see what may be in

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Looking Ahead to Data Visualization & Blazingly Fast Database Technology

Last week I attended the annual Data Warehousing (TDWI) event in Orlando. This is a fantastic, intimate setting of the top experts, and plenty of novices, in data warehousing and analytics. The event is totally focused on education, with only

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Whose Data is it Anyway?

A common and somewhat unique aspect to EHR vendor contracts is that the EHR vendor lays claim to the data entered into their system. Rob and I, who co-authored this post have worked in many industries as analysts. Nowhere, in

Is There Value in Twitter?

Certainly Wall St. sees value in Twitter with its share price sky-rocketing on first day of trading, but is there truly value in Twitter for us out there wandering the Internet ether? Simply put: Yes With the caveat, that you

Wellness Market: Too Many Chasing Too Little

Having taken a hiatus from last year’s Health 2.0 event, was looking forward to this year’s event to see what may be new and upcoming among those looking to disrupt the status quo. Unfortunately, surprisingly little. Health 2.0 a couple

Breaking New Ground

Today is a great day for Chilmark Research and hopefully the world of healthcare IT. At long last, the much anticipated Market Trends report Clinical Analytics for Population Health (CAPH) has been published. Coming in at slightly more than 100

Stretching it – Just a Bit

One of our objectives here at Chilmark Research is to provide clarity to the healthcare IT market sector. This is not always an easy task. Time and again we see vendors stretch the truth in the hopes that no one

Implementing Analytics for PHM and Accountable Care.

In order to implement population health management and accountable care, healthcare provider organizations (HCOs) will have to deploy dozens of analytic applications, including clinical, operational and financial applications. With demand for applications outstripping the ability of IT to develop these

HIEs Experience Growing Pains, EHRs Stumble with Population Health

May at Chilmark Research saw us compiling the results of extensive research for two major market reports one on Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the other on Analytics for Population Health Management. Both will be released shortly. In our May

Out and About

Some of you may have noticed a precipitous drop in new content, ala posts, as of late. A few things have contributed to this. First, it is often tough to find time to write when one is traveling from one

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