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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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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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Whose Data is it Anyway?

Chilmark Research tends to shy away from the thorny, nearly intractable issues of privacy and security of Personal Health Information (PHI) (we’ll leave that to the lawyers and policy wonks to figure out). However one thing is very clear: As

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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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Free February

Let you in on a little secret. February happens to be the month in which I was born. So to celebrate, I’m giving you dear readers a birthday gift. For the month of February you can get a free copy

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Welcomed Changes for 2012

Since its start in 2007, Chilmark Research has kept a fairly low profile as analyst firms go, focusing on a few discrete domains of healthcare IT (HIT). First there was patient and consumer engagement that led to the publication of

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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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mHealth: Seemingly Stuck in Neutral

As many readers know, Chilmark Research has been a strong proponent of mHealth for several years. Despite this enthusiasm, we sometimes come away from a conference, such as this week’s mHealth Summit, with the feeling that the only ones making

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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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Trickle Down Health or Health 2.0 Impressions

Another year, another Health 2.0 under the belt. This being the fourth time attending it is interesting to see how this event and its participants have evolved. Like many things in life, some things at Health 2.0 have changed, some

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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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Going to Market – Dossia’s Numero Uno Challenge

Since it’s founding five years ago Dossia has been able to entice only four companies more to join. Dossia is not exactly setting the world on fire and reeling in the multitude of large, self-insured employers to its ranks, which

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Dossia’s Rebuild – Is it Enough

Following closely on the ill-fated demise of Google Health, fellow Personal Health Platform (PHP) provider Dossia announced last week a major upgrade of their platform with the release of Dossia Health Manager. We received a deep product dive at the

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Re-entry into Healthcare

As with the last shuttle mission making its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere yesterday, I am re-entering the world of healthcare IT after an extended family vacation in the wilds of Alaska. No, I did not see John Halamka up

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Stepping in Where Google Health Left Off

A little over a week ago Google stated that it was putting a stake through the heart of their personal health platform (PHP) Google Health. We at Chilmark had been expecting this for some time, it was just a manner

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RIP Google Health

Chilmark Research has not had a very good feeling about Google Health for well over a year now. Back in early May of this year we felt that Google had all but given up and had put Google Health in

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Looking at Healthcare Through Payer Lenses: Part Two

Payers, as with the rest of the healthcare industry, have a lot on their plate right now. Healthcare reform, via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues its march forward despite legal and political uncertainty. Struggling to define the payer role

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Looking at Healthcare Through Payer Lenses: Part One

Attending the annual health insurers confab (AHIP Institute) last week gave one some insight as to the challenges this part of the healthcare industry is facing. There were plenty of sessions on addressing data analytics for everything from population health

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HealthVault Continues to Build, & Google Health Still Useful

This week, Microsoft’s HealthVault added a number of new enhancements to its platform including support for mobile access (only Windows 7 today, but they plan to launch support for Android and Apple’s iOS within the next few weeks). Wonder how

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Matches Made in Philly

Last week an amazing event occurred. Ten young innovative companies that were chosen from nearly 30 applicants had the opportunity to sit down and make their pitch to 10 of the largest healthcare organizations in the northeast region. Through speed

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Musings on PHRs & Consumer Engagement

The recent post on Google Health going into the deep freeze has solicited a number of emails, including some from the press. In one of those emails a reporter had spoken to several industry thought leaders to garner their opinions

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Google Health Put in Stasis

About a year ago we posted a piece that basically summed up Google Health as on its death bed. Google, of course was quick to defend itself saying that Google Health was very much alive and well. We even had

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Windy City, Turbulent Times

Special Note: When this post first went up an image of a tornado was used as a metaphor for the very turbulent times that the healthcare sector is currently experiencing. Little did we know that this week would see the

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PLM Opens its Doors to All

Last week, PatientsLikeMe (PLM) reopened its doors, this time for all patients, regardless of condition/diagnosis.  This reopening was after a period in which PLM closed its site for several months to new members. During that time, Ben Heywood, one of

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Fostering Innovation in Healthcare IT

As in most sectors, innovation in healthcare IT (HIT) is by and large incremental. A tweak here and added feature there to some existing application, e.g., what we are seeing today from EHR vendors as they strive to meet meaningful

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Is Partnership for Patients Just Deja Vu?

On Tuesday, to a tremendous amount of fanfare, HHS announced it will invest $1B in the Partnership for Patients. The press release is certainly buzzword compliant having all the wonderful terms that will endear others to join. And join they

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Robust Processes Supported by Health IT Core to ACO Success

On March 31st, the HHS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) dropped its neutron bomb (proposed Accountable Care Organization (ACO) rules, caution PDF) on the healthcare industry. Much like the neutron bomb, the proposed rules will leave buildings standing,

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Much Ado About Patient Portals

From Chilmark Research’s perspective, patient portals are by and large Much Ado About Nothing. Sure, plenty of healthcare organizations (HCO) talk about patient access, engagement, and satisfaction and how they wish to empower their patients. They point to their glossy

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2011 Predictions: MU Goes Tactical, ACO Strategic

In the Healthcare IT (HIT) market, 2010 was the year of meaningful use (MU). Healthcare organizations (HCOs) of all sizes developed plans, began making IT modifications and began adopting the technology they needed to meet Stage One MU requirements and

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What Do Future MU Requirements Mean for mHealth, If Anything?

What are some of my favorite things?  “Raindrops on roses” and “whiskers on kittens” definitely make the list.   How about the task of combing over a large chunk of new Meaningful Use (MU) proposed requirements? … Not so much… though

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NaviNet Acquires Prematics: a Testament to the Ubiquity of Smartphones in the Exam Room

Last week, NaviNet announced its acquisition of Prematics, a company founded a few short years ago targeting the market for mHealth provider solutions. While there are significant synergies and overlap between the two companies’ product offerings, NaviNet’s main driver with

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Smashing Myths & Assumptions: PHR for Urban Diabetes Care

There remains an unhealthy level of skepticism in the market as to whether or not consumers will use a personal health record (PHR). While a certain level of skepticism is healthy in any market, the level to which it is

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mHealth: Is it a Market?

Been attending the mHealth Summit for the last 3 days and an over-arching theme has been: mHealth is unlikely to ever become a market in its own right. Backing up this claim have been the countless projects/products being presented at

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What do WebMD’s Q3 Numbers Tell Us?

Yesterday, the big 800lb gorilla in the PHR market, WebMD announced 3rd quarter earnings that were quite mixed. While its public portal business continues to see strong growth in uniques (now over 83M visitors/month) and advertising revenues that grew 26%,

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TeleHealth Still Waiting…

Last week’s Connected Health Symposium was once again an event about a sector just waiting to break-out of perpetual pilot stage. This was my 4th Connected for Health Symposium (it holds a special place in my heart as this was

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Let the Data Flow: Part Two

Moving from an event focusing on HIE/REC initiatives by various States, the next two events, HealthCampSF and Health 2.0, took data liquidity to new heights.  Having the CTO of HHS, Todd Park, kick things off at HealthCamp by channeling Oprah

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Letting the Data Flow; Part One

Making clinical data liquid permeated a series of events I attended last week during Health Innovation Week in San Francisco.  Monday and Tuesday found me at the HIE/REC conference. Wednesday was HealthCamp at Kaiser-Permanente’s Garfield Research Center (KP was extremely

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HIEs in the Public Interests

In about an hour’s time I will head downtown to participate in yet another Commonwealth of Massachusetts HIE Consumer Workgroup meeting. The workgroup, formed by the Secretary of Health last Spring, is charged with insuring that the strategic HIE and

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Google Hits Reset Button on Google Health

Google Health has seemingly been stuck in neutral almost from the start.  Despite the fanfare of Google’s Eric Schmidt speaking at the big industry confab, HIMSS a couple of years back, an initial beta release with healthcare partner Cleveland Clinic

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Is the mHealth Hype Justified?

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of hype regarding mHealth.  In late August Deloitte published an Issue Brief: The Mobile Personal Health Record (mPHR) that led to the conclusion that an mPHR will become the “killer

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Feds Set Example for Data Portability

The Personal Health Record (PHR) market is fraught with challenges. First there is the issue of getting personal health information (PHI), which is most often not in a common digital, computable format such as a CCD or CCR-based file. Even

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HIEs in the Public Interest

The Health Information Exchange (HIE) market is the Wild West right now.  Vendors are telling us that they are seeing an unprecedented level of activity both for private and public HIEs.  Private HIEs are being set-up by large and small

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Meaningful Use Perspectives & Resources

Everyone seems to have an opinion, or at least has written something, about the final Meaningful Use (MU) Rules that were released on July 13th.  Of the multitude of posts and articles out there on the net, there the top

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Meaningful Use Rules Drop Today

Nearly a year after the HIT Policy Committee’s meaningful use recommendations were approved by ONC chief Dr. David Blumenthal, an extensive comment period that solicited some 2,200 comments, the final Stage One meaningful use rules will be released today at

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Where is the Consumer in Vendors’ HIE Solutions?

In Monday’s post, Chilmark reflected upon a piece that Peter Hudson, co-founder of Healthagen, the developers of mHealth app iTriage wrote for mobihealthnews. In that article, Peter talked about the utility of an mHealth-based PHR (iTriage recently launched such capabilities),

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Consumer Challenge: Creating a Longitudinal Record

A very good eZine on all things mobile health, is mobihealthnews.  Brian and his partner Joe have done an excellent job of following many of the developing trends in this sector and occasionally, will have a guest author a column.

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Going Stealth, MSFT Brings HealthVault to UK

Today, Microsoft, via a blog post by its UK leader John Coulthard, announced the launch of HealthVault in the United Kingdom. Yesterday, Chilmark received a briefing from Microsoft’s Director of International Development, Mark Johnston who provided us the back-story on

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Another Survey, Another Doh!

Harris Interactive and HealthDay announced the results of their latest consumer survey on consumer attitudes towards electronic medical records. This is but just one more survey that seems to state the same thing over and over again, that there is

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A Bite of the Apple

Yesterday, with much fanfare, Steve Jobs took the stage at Apple’s annual developer conference and announced the pending release of the next iteration of the iPhone. While there has been plenty of press regarding this release, both before (and Apple’s

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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.