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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


Population Health Summit: Impressions and Key Takeaways

Healthcare is full of ideas that are easy to conceptualize but difficult to put into practice. Both clinician network management and patient engagement, for example, make perfect sense on paper but get very complicated, very quickly, when you move beyond

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#WWBR Week of July 27, 2015

Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law Paula Span for The New York Times “Confusion about HIPAA privacy and security is one thing. Feigned confusion is another. This article highlights ways in which either kind of confusion

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#WWBR Week of July 6, 2015

Patient-centered activity monitoring in the self-management of chronic health conditions Emil Chiauzzi, Carlos Rodarte and Pronabesh DasMahapatra in BMC Medicine “An “above average” academic paper about personal patient data. This raises many questions and offers key insights for industry as

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#WWBR Week of June 29, 2015

How to Take Charge of Your Medical Records (Note: this complements Naveen’s post earlier in the week on this subject) Melinda Beck in The Wall Street Journal “This piece, on the issues surrounding patient access to their own records, might

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#WWBR Week of May 25, 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel for McKinsey “Good abstract from McKinsey on the four global disruptive macroeconomic forces that will impact pretty much everything we do in all corners of

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#WWBR Week of May 11th, 2015

Radical Approach To Huge Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price Jay Hancock for Kaiser Health News “Providers are getting squeezed by Medicare, next they could get squeezed even further by small self-insured employers. The gig is up, hospitals will have

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#WWBR Week of May 4th, 2015

Our posts from earlier in the week: May 5 – John: IBM in Healthcare: Deja Vu or Something New? May 4 – Brian: HIMSS’15: NOT on FHIR   The Future Of Medicine — Where Investors Are Putting Their Money Nikhil



HIMSS15 was supposed to be an opportunity for HIT vendors to really expand on interoperability with possibilities represented by FHIR and other newish standards. At least that’s what I thought. Interoperability is an overarching concern across HIT and many are expecting

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WWBR Week of April 27, 2015

Admitted to Your Bedroom: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home Daniela J Lamas for The New York Times “Delivering acute care in a home setting is not all that new but it is still rare. This article talks about

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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


HIMSS’15: Care Management & Care Coordination Watchlist

In preparation of attending HIMSS 2015 next week, I have been busy finalizing my agenda. It has been a busy week confirming and finalizing meeting times, figuring out what vendors I want to take a more detailed look at, setting

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Aligning IT Solutions to Strategy: 2015 Pop Health Mgmt Report Hits the Streets

Population health management (PHM) is at the forefront of strategic initiatives being undertaken across the healthcare industry today. Prompting these strategic initiatives is the massive shift in risk, via payment reform, from payers to providers. This shift is likely to

#WWBR Week of March 23, 2015

The CMS and ONC NPRMs Micky Tripathy and John Halamka for Life as a Healthcare CIO “One of the more balanced views of the proposed MU3 regs from those that know the inside of regulation sausage making; and the outside,


Join us for an MU3 Tweetchat this Thursday!

As you are likely already aware, CMS released their proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use attestation regulations this past Friday, March 20th. Since then, there has been a good deal of writing on the subject, and many opinions have already been


#WWBR Week of March 16, 2015

Questioning the Value of Health Apps Joshua A. Krisch in The New York Times “Have we made progress in mHealth over the last few years? Of course the instinctive response is to say “yes” – but as this NYT piece


#WWBR Week of March 9, 2015

Non-interoperable directives: End-of-life wishes and EHRs don’t yet mesh Joseph Conn in Modern Healthcare “No surprise that EMRs are doing a poor of handling end-of-life directives. Some of the issues stem from the larger interoperability limitations that plague health IT.


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


#WWBR Week of February 23, 2015

Study Urges Greater Financial Disclosure by Nonprofit Integrated Health Systems Jill Bronstein in National Academy of Social Insurance “A study came out from the National Academy of Social Insurance looking at the societal value of IDNs. The study had several


#WWBR Week of February 16, 2015

ICYMI: We started this week off with our traditional Free February post to reverse-celebrate the birthdays of our founder and yours truly. This year was a big one – we are giving away our 2013 Clinical Analytics Market Trends Report.


#WWBR Week of January 19, 2015

Start-Ups Are Helping Consumers Make Better Health Care Purchases Sachin Jain for Harvard Business Review “Sachin Jain’s analysis of the trend of consumer-directed health is spot on. While giving more control to consumers is an undeniably important issue, the specifics


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


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


#WWBR Week of December 15, 2014

U.S. Corporate Health Exchanges Find No New Blue Chip Clients Caroline Humer for Reuters “While blue chip companies may be taking a wait and see attitude towards HIX for their employees, the broader and much larger mid-market will move more


2014 Year in Review: Analytics

2014 saw the analytics industry remain in flux and marked by a large degree of ambiguity & complexity.  Four main themes stood out in 2014 that we will discuss in more detail below: Every vendor thinks of itself as a


#WWBR Week of December 1, 2014

Employee wellness programs, JASON strikes again, CMS’s ACO move, and more in this week’s #WWBR


#WWBR Week of November 17, 2014

This week in #WWBR: .@Fitbit marketing, need for better mgmt in ONC, How to ACO, .@Samsung’s ambitions, and more.

#WWBR Week of November 10, 2014

This week: patient engagement, Partners faces resistance, handoffs getting structured, and more.


Alere Unravels: What Went Wrong, What it Means

This week we published a new Domain Monitor digging into the recent Optum acquisition of Alere’s health management business, which mostly pertains to their remote monitoring devices and related technology services. This announcement follows a series of events at Alere

WWBR Week of October 6, 2014

Dallas hospital blames ‘flaw’ in ‘workflow’ for release of Ebola patient as a more complete picture of his travels emerges Lindsey Bever for The Washington Post “The Ebola patient in the Dallas hospital seems to have been missed because workflow

#WWBR Week of September 29, 2014

Doctors Find Barriers to Sharing Digital Medical Records Julie Creswell for The New York Times “A non-technical overview at the issue of Interoperability, with a focus on everyone’s favorite bad-guy vendor, Epic Systems. Nothing we don’t already know, but some

#WWBR Week of September 22, 2014

In this week’s WWBR, lots on pricing transparency and payment reform in the health system, and some new thoughts on whether all this excitement is really warranted. On a slightly different note, Brian shares a very important IOM article addressing

#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


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


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


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


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.


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


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

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


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


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


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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