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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,


Bringing Enthusiasm to the Consumer Health Tech Revolution

You can’t travel too far on the Internet without tripping over an article, report, survey, or commentary lamenting the state of engagement in the healthcare industry. A lot of this talk focuses on the poor quality of technology that healthcare

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#WWBR Week of August 17, 2015

The Potential Hazards of Hospital Consolidation Tim Xu, Albert W. Wu, and Martin A. Makary in The Journal of the American Medical Association “At the end of the 20th century, consolidation in the financial services industry created firms that were

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#WWBR Week of August 3, 2015

Primary Care Providers’ Views of Recent Trends in Health Care Delivery and Payment Jamie Ryan, et al for The Commonwealth Fund “Commonwealth Fund’s annual survey of PCPs turns up some surprising and not to surprising results. Satisfaction with IT is


With Wristband, Google Entering Consumer Health on Its Own Terms

It’s not every day that health-related news from Google gets buried, but recent headlines about the Supreme Court upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and the nation’s largest insurers playing matchmaker seem to have relegated Google’s planned

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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


Free Data, Wishful Thinking

Is the #dataindependenceday and #freemydata movement in healthcare actually going to amount to anything?


The Promise of Consumer-Driven Health

As John pointed out last week, I’m the newest member of Chilmark Research. I’ve joined the team to wrap my head around the role of the patient/consumer/citizen in the healthcare process. This role has changed dramatically since I started covering

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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


Providers and Telehealth: Ready For One Another?

Telehealth has generated much excitement in the payer, employer, and even DTC segments. As telehealth vendors enter the provider market, several business, technology, and cultural dynamics loom large.

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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#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


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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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


Progress Amidst the Stumbles: Patient Engagement at #HIMSS15

A lot of small signs of progress in the patient engagement market were on display at #HIMSS15, despite a lack of bigger picture vision.


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

HIMSS’15: Patient & Consumer Engagement Watchlist

HIMSS is nearly on top of us again – here, we share a few of the specific things we’re looking out for to at this year’s show.


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 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


Longitudinal Care Plans: Still Siloed

I have been doing a lot of work and research around the current state of care plans for an upcoming Insight report that will be out in March. Some of their limitations in current practice though have become glaringly apparent


#WWBR Week of February 9, 2015

Coverage of our recently released Clinical Patient Engagement Report: Analyst: Widespread provider adoption of patient engagement tools still two years out via MobiHealthNews Healthcare Orgs. Still Doing Bare Minimum on Patient Engagement, Report Says via Healthcare Informatics Patient engagement ‘taking a

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


#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


The Digital Pharmacy: Walgreens’ Emerging Strategy

Walgreens is entering the digital age with a spate of new partnerships that aim to create a virtual experience for a new, rising class of healthcare consumer.


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


.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


#WWBR Week of December 8, 2014

Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness Robert Glatter, MD for Forbes “Expansive article that meanders at times but bottom line thesis is a good one. New technologies that enable chronically ill patients to


2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement

2014 was a whirlwind of a year for consumer health technology. Here we visit some of the developments of the past 12 months, point out some of the trends that emerged, and highlight what we’re expecting as we round the corner into 2015.


#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.


Connected Health Moving From Hype to Reality

The promise of connected health was shared with us long ago, and has fallen short time and again for various reason – reimbursement, competing priorities, and so on. As 2014 comes to a close however the market is finally showing signs of adoption.


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

#WWBR Week of November 3, 2014

All the news from the week that we think is fit to print!


Taking a Shot at my Health Plan

I got a flu shot yesterday. I was at a CVS, saw a sign, whipped out my insurance and credit cards, and got in line. Turns out that my insurer wasn’t reimbursing it – I rolled my eyes, paid the

WWBR Week of October 13, 2014

Reference Pricing: A Small Piece of the Health Care Price and Quality Puzzle Chapin White and Megan Eguchi for The National Institute for Healthcare Reform “Researchers who examined applying reference pricing to ~530k workers in 19 metropolitan markets in the

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


Branding, Cheerleading, and even some Progress

 “There’s no wrong way to spend your time at Health2.0.” – Health 2.0 Last week, hundreds gathered from around the world for the 8th annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. For better or for worse, the event continues

#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


3 Quick Thoughts on Apple Watch

As expected, Apple announced the latest addition to their product lineup, the AppleWatch. We will leave the hardcore dissection to others, but in watching the event (or trying to watch what was an absolutely awful livestream, complete with annoying Chinese

#WWBR Week of September 2, 2014

We hope everyone had a fantastic short weekend. Weather’s been hot in these parts, and we are certainly excited that the weekend is here so we can finally get to the beach to cool off. Below are just a few


Time to SMAC the Healthcare Consumer

SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud – is a popular framework for optimizing business performance through IT. The basic idea is that these four elements all play key roles in generating value from data through capture, storage, and application. Social


Population Health Management in Real-Time

Real-time population health usecases are everywhere in healthcare. Imagine a patient recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). As soon as his physician saves the new diagnosis within the EHR, the patient is automatically enrolled in a program and sent


A Digital Dose of Magic Medicine

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. One out of four adults has two or more chronic diseases. One in three children is overweight or obese. Projections are that by 2050, one third of Americans will have


Can Apple Keep the Doctor Away?

“His treatment was fragmented rather than integrated. Each of his myriad maladies was being treated by different specialists – oncologists, pain specialists, nutritionists, hepatologists, and hematologists – but they were not being coordinated in a cohesive approach.” – Steve Jobs,


Data, Data, Everywhere, Not Liquid Enough to Use

After a recent visit to my doctor, I received a notice that my health information was available to view in my online portal. So, inspired by ongoing exposure to public/private tag-team HIT evangelism, I decided to don my patient cap


Why ACA Just Doesn’t Add Up for the ‘Young Invincibles’

Over the past several months, we have been hearing over and over again how important the ‘young invincible’ demographic is for the viability of the ACA. Those young invincibles lower overall medical loss ratios (MLRs) for the population being served.


#PGHD: Buzzword to Business

This week, I read an article from February that provided an overview of the health IT infrastructure required for population health management (PHM). It had thorough examples and some nice graphical depictions of delivery systems and budding ACOs taking on

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