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#WWBR Week of September 8, 2014

Two themes in this week’s #WWBR: primary research and MU. We have a few good studies published in peer-reviewed journals looking at changes in healthcare delivery models and how to improve outcomes with real evidence-based practices (mostly involving more engagement

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What We’ve Been Reading – Week of August 25, 2014

If there was one thing on our minds this week, it was the launch of our most recent report, the 2014 Analytics for Population Health: Market Trends and Analysis. After months of research and writing, we are pleased to present

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Point Solutions vs. Data Hoarders: K.O. Match

As I wrap up my research into clinical analytics/population health for this year’s Market Trends report, I have been enjoying long and entertaining calls with the vendor community. Without fail, vendors enjoy lobbing insults at their competition (though I might

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Expanding the Clinical Network for Value-based Care

The provider world is dominated by organizations that believe in a slowly evolving status quo that will somehow carry them across the threshold of accountable care to a fully formed world in which VBR-compliant ways of delivering healthcare solve their

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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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Financial Analytics Bleeding into Population Health Management

It appears that “population health management” (PHM) just has a better ring to it than “accountable care” or “HMO 2.0”. Increasingly, PHM is becoming an umbrella term for all of the operational and analytical HIT tools needed for the transition

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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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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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Payers Refocus Efforts on ROI for Member Engagement

What a difference a year has made to the payer market. In late 2012 Chilmark Research published the first version of our Payer Benchmark report — detailing how leading payers were beginning to adopt emerging consumer technologies. We found a market

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The Two Faces of Population Health Management

As we head into the New Year, we at Chilmark Research have been thinking a lot about how we will approach Population Health Management (PHM) in 2014, and beyond. PHM is actually a pretty unfortunate term for the data-driven business

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Time to Move Beyond HIE

Our ongoing coverage of the HIE industry leads us to the question of what clinicians do after getting connected to an HIE? To this end, we are conducting a 10-minute web survey on clinician’s experiences using HIEs for care coordination.

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Data-Driven Patient Outreach: Financially Efficient or Morally Compromised?

I recently spoke with a clinical analytics vendor about one of their provider customer’s bizarre decisions – to no longer encourage a subset of their diabetic population to take the HbA1C test. The reason? These diabetics were covered under a

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Can Mirth Revive NextGen?

Last week, NextGen’s parent company, QSI, acquired open-source tools vendor Mirth for $59M. While a relatively small acquisition, it nonetheless will have an impact on the broader HIE market. Mirth’s toolset has an array of HIE components, notably its well-regarded Mirth

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Clinical Data Has Arrived. Now What?

Last year it became clear that the term ACO-enablement was going out of fad, and a new buzzword — population health management (PHM) — was surfacing. After interviews with several industry stakeholders, it soon became clear to us at Chilmark

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Pushing the Envelope to HIE 2.0

Innovation driven by the effective use of IT has long catalyzed industry transformations – except in healthcare. We all know people who have never waited in a teller line to cash a check. In the now unlikely event that systems

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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

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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

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Here an HIE, There an HIE, Everywhere an HIE

In late March, I headed down to Belize with a bunch of high school students to do some service work. Joining the crew was a parent, Harry (not his real name), who happened to be a urologist sharing a private

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Who will regulate mHealth? Patient Engagement at Crossroads; New Alliance Takes On Interoperability

We came back from HIMSS and got right to work on the March Monthly Update for Chilmark Advisory Services subscribers. As we’ve reported in a previous post, HIMSS13 afforded enormous buzz and less enlightenment regarding the state of health IT, particularly

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Caradigm Kills eHealth, Partners with Orion

Today, Caradigm and Orion Health announced their partnership wherein Caradigm will go to market with Orion Health’s HIE solution suite and likewise Orion Health will take  Caradigm’s analytics solution, Caradigm Intelligence Platform (CIP) to market to its existing and future

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Finding Few Answers at HIMSS’13

Last week was yet another HIMSS, this time in the Big Easy – one of my favorite cities, despite the unfortunate decay occurring on Bourbon St. As with the many HIMSS I have attended before, this is the seminal event

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Reorg at McKesson, Will Docs Trust Predictive Analytics & Med Rec

What a crazy week it has been. Yes, it was the week of all things HIT related with the big confab of HIMSS a the Big Easy. I’m literally still trying to sort out all that I saw, all the

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ACO Here, ACO There, ACO, ACO Everywhere & Vendor Response

In less than two years we have gone from Accountable Care Organization (ACO) as a concept, to ACO as a new model of care delivery. With the January announcement that there were 106 more added to the Medicare ACO program,

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Four Diverse Research Notes in Jan Monthly Update

As Chilmark has grown, so has our areas of research which is best represented in the following four research notes that our analysts put together for Chilmark Advisory Service (CAS) clients. The following four abstracts provide you perspective on some of

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2013 – A Year of Surprises

In the blink of an eye, a New Year has appeared and with it the need to look into our crystal ball (or is it a magic 8 ball) to make our annual predictions for the healthcare IT sector. Personally,

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Big Data Clarified, Providers, HIT & Obesity and ACA’s Impact on HIE Market

With the ramp up to healthcare reform, Chilmark Research sees signs of a potential slow down in HIE innovation. This is but one research note of three that were provided as part of our latest monthly update for Chilmark Advisory Service subscribers in

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Humana Jumps into HIE Market, Claims Analytics Turn Sights of Clinical, Med Adherence

November saw the acquisition of yet another HIE vendor by a payer (Humana). An in-depth analysis of this acquisition and its implications was provided to Chilmark Advisory Service (CAS) clients at the end of November. Following are abstracts of the three research notes in our latest Monthly Update.

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Will Surescripts Become De facto NwHIN?

Just as Healtheway looks to ween itself off the federal gravy train, Surescripts comes along and in a couple of quick strokes looks ready to drive a stake into the heart of Healtheway or at least any desire Healtheway may have to become the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).

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Another HIE Purchase by a Payer

Today, national health insurer, Humana, announced that it has acquired Certify Data Systems (CDS). This marks the third HIE vendor (UHG acquired Axolotl & Aetna acquired Medicity) that has been acquired by a payer in the last couple of years.

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Moving to HIE 2.0

This week I had the pleasure to be the keynote speaker at Orion Health’s HIE User Conference in the beautiful state of my youth, Colorado. In preparing for this conference I was struck again by just how quickly this market

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Limits and Lags in Healthcare Productivity

In a recent Health Affairs blog, Alex Goldsmith does a back-of-the-envelope analysis of the peculiar economics of healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare increased by 1.149 million people from 2007-2011. He contrasts this increase in

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The Promise of a Little Blue Button

Yesterday, I was in Washington DC to attend ONC’s Consumer Health IT Summit. While having high hopes for some breathtaking new developments, ultimately walked away disappointed as this event ultimately devolved into a Blue Button promotional event. Now I have

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Benchmarking Payers Adoption of Consumer Tech

Awhile back, a large health insurer (payer) commissioned Chilmark Research to do a market scan on how payers across the country were using emerging consumer technologies to engage their members. We found this project to be quite interesting and rather

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Quick Poll: What will Supreme Court Rule?

This morning received notice that the Supreme Court will make its final rulings before summer recess on Thursday, June 28th. Among those rulings is the heavily politicized and closely watched decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),

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Payers Take Another Stab at Engagement with Consumer-based Tools

It is now nail-biting time, as we here at Chilmark Research brace ourselves for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act.  We as a nation are indeed living in very interesting times and I

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Latest Report: mHealth Adoption for Provider–Patient Engagement

The market is abuzz about all things mHealth. Press coverage on provider-patient mHealth solutions is ramping up with a recent example being the point-counterpoint piece in Forbes following the press waterfall about Happtique’s app-prescribing platform. We even wrote a piece

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At Last, It’s Here: 2012 HIE Market Report

This morning we announced the release of our latest report: 2012 HIE Market Report: Analysis and Trends of the Health information Exchange Market. As we found in last year’s report, the HIE Market and the vendors that serve it continues

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mHealth Apps & Patient Engagement – Moving Beyond Transactions

Despite a constant buzz around the idea of using mobile technologies for patient engagement, the depth and breadth of these solutions has remained consistently thin and frankly dated. Today, healthcare organizations who are adopting and deploying engagement solutions are focusing

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300 Million Asthmatics and the Future of Respiratory Monitoring

A few years ago my daughter began developing asthma-like symptoms brought on by reactions to pollen, cat dander, and other triggers.  I can still remember the panic I felt in my chest the first time she ran to me wheezing

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HIMSS’12 Take-away: Follow the Money

Last week we attended the big healthcare IT confab HIMSS in that grand city of sin, Las Vegas. While many spoke of how HIMSS hit an all time record of over 37K attendees (an impressive number), HIMSS is still dwarfed

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Forecast and Ramifications of Payers in the HIE Market: Part Two

(Note: This is the second of a two-part post.) Keeping it Local This is most representative of the status quo and the most realistic path forward for the vast majority of payers who typically operate at the local level. In

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Is Direct Undercutting the Viability of RHIOs?

Last week, a discussion got started on Google + by Brian Ahier about whether or not ONC’s aggressive support of Direct is undercutting many a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). What got this whole conversation started was an article in the

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Predictions 2012: Not What You Think

Admittedly, our predictions for 2011 were modest. Most of those predictions were logical and did not take a whole lot of imagination to envision thus our success rate, 7 “hits”, 2 “toss-ups” and 2 “misses was quite high. And though

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Looking Back on 2011 – What A Strange Year It’s Been

It is almost becoming the norm to say that it has been another tumultuous year in the healthcare IT market. Market consolidation, pushback on timelines, growing chorus from IT departments that enough is enough against the backdrop of the political

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Microsoft Bows Out of the Clinical Market

Today, GE and Microsoft announced a joint venture (JV) that will lead to the formation of a new company (NewCo) targeting the clinical healthcare market sector. The NewCo will be located near Microsoft HQ in Redmond, WA, start with roughly 700

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Orion Strengthens Portfolio & MSFT Gains HIE Partner

On Monday, New Zealand based Orion Health announced that it would acquire the mothballed Health Information Services (HIS) assets of Microsoft, Amalga HIS. In the same announcement, Orion and Microsoft also announced a partnership for Microsoft’s healthcare analytics solution Amalga

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Dr. Watson I Presume

Little over a month ago, IBM and WellPoint announced an agreement wherein WellPoint will deploy IBM’s latest and greatest super computer and artificial intelligence mega-mind Watson. Watson’s claim to fame was its ability to beat the human Jeopardy champions much

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EHRs Deliver the Goods, or at Least the Quality

There have been a number of research studies published that question the value of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), particularly as it pertains to improving quality of care and ultimately outcomes. Chilmark has always viewed these reports with a certain amount

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Trends in Patient Engagement

As part of the process of setting our broader research agenda at Chilmark Research, we do a significant amount of secondary research combined with more limited, but highly focused primary research. We use this research to identify the “white spaces”

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HIE Market Snippets

In January, we released our HIE Market Report: Analysis & Trends which was extremely well-received. Sales have exceeded our rather optimistic projections – great for us. But what we are most proud of and honestly what keeps us going is

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Who We Are

Chilmark Research is the only industry analyst firm focusing solely on health IT. We combine proven research methodologies with intelligence and insight to provide cogent analyses of the emerging technologies that have the greatest potential to improve healthcare. We do not shy away from making tough calls, and are respected in the industry for our direct and thoughtful commentary.