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Data for the Deluge – Interoperability for Networked Healthcare

Today we release the 2017 Clinician Network Management Market Trends Report. It provides an overview of realistic approaches and solutions to improve data interoperability across the industry. Leading solution vendors are assessed and rated on their capabilities to support this

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Driving Policy Without Healthcare Organizations: A Fool’s Errand

Healthcare in the United States faces many problems, but one of the bigger ones is bringing the right stakeholders to the table when it’s time to try to solve a problem. Often, the empty chair should be occupied by an

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The Need for “Precision” Definitions

Healthcare is a study in extremes.  On the precise end of the continuum, we have the surgical precision of the neurosurgeon’s scalpel and the micro-precision of genomic studies.  On the not-even-close-to-precise opposite end of the continuum, we have the very

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Vendors Enabling the ACO: New Class of Vendors Matures

Successfully enabling an Accountable Care Organization is extremely challenging: There isn’t one standard ACO model; there isn’t one single ACO national policy; there isn’t one specific map to follow to build an ACO nor measure its success. There are few

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HIMSS17: Little Less Hype, More Focus on Value

Our industry was in state of unrest going into HIMSS17. Some would call it panic. This year’s HIMSS was as much a REALLY large group therapy session as it was a trade show. Seemed as if everyone was reassuring each

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Vendors Enabling the ACO: Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available

Just in time for you to have a little extra reading or viewing material for your flights to HIMSS17, we are pleased to present to you the latest in our webinar series, Vendors Enabling the ACO: Reducing the Risk of

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Medical Professionalism Trumps Health IT in Coordinating Care

As I sat in the Reading (Penn.) Health System ER late Friday night, I had a lot of time to reflect on the research I have been doing lately on care coordination. In particular, I pondered how what I have

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Top 7 Things to Look for at HIMSS17

The final countdown has begun. In a few short days I and the rest of the Chilmark Research team will make our annual pilgrimage to the big health IT confab, HIMSS17, to rub shoulders with some 45,000 of our closest

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Reducing the Risk of Risk-Based Arrangements: Vendors Enabling the ACO

Join us on February 14th at 1pm ET for our next free webinar when Jennifer Rogers will share highlights from her upcoming report, “Reducing the Risk of Risk-Based Arrangements: Vendors Enabling the ACO.” We’ll cover: Viability, trending, and projections for the ACO

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Patient Experience and Satisfaction Aren’t the Same as Engagement

Healthcare’s inexorable march toward value-based care has brought with it a focus on what’s best for the patient. Instead of routinely pushing people from one billable appointment to another, providers of all types are, to varying degrees, beginning to understand

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Playing the Field

We don’t mean social dating, so don’t get too excited. We are referring to field care management, those Population Health Management (PHM) services delivered by care managers face-to-face in person with consumers. Is this the most effective use of limited

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Open APIs: The Promise and Hope from Outside the HIT Bubble

APIs (application programming interfaces) are a hot topic in healthcare these days. In the parlance of the moment – interest inside the health IT (HIT) bubble is strong. During the past few months, I stepped outside this bubble and talked

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Navigating Open Enrollment – Or, Why Informed Choices in Healthcare Are Nearly Impossible

Like many Americans, I have been covered by employer-sponsored health plans for the entirety of my professional career. As such, the open enrollment period that has garnered so many headlines over the last few years has conversely been of little

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Looking to 2017: Our Baker’s Dozen Forecast

2016 is heading for the doors, 2017 readily awaits. But what will this New Year bring? One thing for sure, a new president and administration that appears intent on rewriting the rules, be they foreign policy, environmental or healthcare. But

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RCM Meets PHM

It won’t happen in 2017 or 2018, but the argument can be made that PHM will likely include some form of benefit/coverage counseling in the mid-term future. PHM is still too immature as a market solution strategy, still being understood

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Looking Back – Assessing Our 2016 Predictions

As has become a tradition here at Chilmark Research, it is time once again to look back at our predictions for 2016 and make an honest assessment of just how accurate we were. We do like to go beyond the

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Can APIs Really Improve HIT?

We hosted a webinar on this topic on December 14, 2016. To retrieve a copy of the slides, please follow this link. We will also be posting the recording. A critical element of business success across industries has been the

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The Nexus of Interoperability and Consumer Experience

The annual Cerner Health Conference (CHC16) held last week in Kansas City provided an excellent opportunity to gauge current population health strategies, challenges, and implementation status of both Cerner and their clients. The conference was unexpectedly touching, as well. Key Takeaways

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What You Can Control and What You Cannot

I prepared last Thursday’s webinar with no idea how the election would turn out. As it happens, few – if any – in the pundit class knew either. And while there are many changes likely coming to healthcare as a result

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Amid Uncertainty, Healthcare Marches On

Earlier this week I attended ATLAS, the Annual Thought Leadership on Access Symposium organized by Kyruus. The event brought together healthcare policy experts as well as healthcare organization (HCO) leaders who are driving efforts to improve patient access to care.

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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 Innovation Media Interview: John Moore at Health 2.0 2016

At the recent Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, Douglas Goldstein, eFuturist, caught up with our founder and Managing Partner to debrief on the event and some of the major trends currently affecting the healthcare industry and health IT adoption.

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True Continuous Costing for Healthcare – Webinar

Despite changes to how we pay for care, the real costs of providing care continue to go up. One way or another, everybody pays for these increases in the form of higher taxes, fewer jobs, lower net wages, increased debt,

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Elephants, Egrets, and Healthcare Partnerships

Having attended my fair share of healthcare IT conferences through the years, I’ve learned to separate the signal from the noise much like scientists searching for signs of intelligent alien life. In doing so, I have learned that healthcare is innovating

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Value Based Health: No Success without Value-Based Technology Strategies

A September 16 2016 Bloomberg report once again provides the bad news for the US healthcare system, ranking it among the least efficient healthcare systems -50 of 55 countries surveyed in 2014. Despite the plethora of new regulations, payment models, technology mandates

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Opportunity, Change, Ever Forward

PTO is a glorious thing, to have time to breathe, to step back, to actually think and reflect. It was in that “PTO Opportunity Moment” that I made a decision to make a major career change. The lion’s share of

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A Shift From Disruption to Change

One of the most striking characteristics of the Health 2.0 conference has always been its focus on disruption. (For this we owe Clayton Christensen a debt of gratitude.) In rapid succession, startups take the stage to present their vision for

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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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Free Webinar Next Week: Beyond the Portal with Brian Eastwood

Join lead Engagement analyst Brian Eastwood October 4th at 1 PM (ET) for a webinar where he will present some of the key findings from our recent Insight Report, “Beyond the Portal: Technology for Improved Consumer Engagement.” Brian will share

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Beyond the Patient Portal: New Report on Improving Consumer Engagement Released

Join author Brian Eastwood October 4th, 2016 at 1pm ET for a free webinar highlighting some of the key findings of this report. He will also be fielding questions from the audience. Register today! For years – before the Affordable

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True Continuous Costing in Europe

We frequently hear that healthcare in the United States costs nearly twice as much as in Europe. One of the reasons healthcare in Europe costs so much less, at least in Northern Europe, is that True Continuous Costing, as we

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Analytics – An Integral Part of Care Management Success

Last week, I attended the 3rd Health Analytics Summit (HAS). This was my first time attending an event that now attracts over 1,000 attendees. Providers were well represented at the event with nearly 80 percent of the attendees coming from

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Use the Freaking Data You Already Have

One of the things I have been worried about, and one of the things that could seriously impede the adoption of technology and business practices that could significantly lower the price we all pay for healthcare, is the possibility that

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Stop Treating Patients Like You-Know-What

Earlier this month, I returned from a weekend of hiking in the White Mountains, just beyond the boundaries of cell reception and Wi-Fi availability, to learn that Jess Jacobs passed away. She was only 29. Jess suffered from two rare

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Evolent Health’s Acquistion of Valence Health and Its Broader Implications

In the continuation of a trend this summer, population health management vendor Evolent Health acquired the majority of one of its competitors Valence Health, for $145 million. Valence Health has a broad suite of services including, value-based administration, population health

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Marrying Consumer and Clinical Telehealth Will Take Work

Last year, after attending two very different conferences in a two-week span, I wrote about healthcare’s parallel paths of innovation. Silicon Valley follows one line, and brick-and-mortar healthcare organizations (HCOs) follows the other. The former gets a lot more attention,

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Making Healthcare Affordable: New Report on True Continuous Costing

Healthcare spending in the US continues to grow despite the many recent efforts to curb that growth. It is was over $9,500 per person per year in 2014, up from $8,500 in 2011, and is expected to expand into the

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Cerner Part Deux: Much Progress, Many Miles Ahead

Editor’s note: This is the second of two posts on the recent Cerner PHM Summit. Why two? Well, first-off we sent two analysts with very different views on the market. This led to the first post addressing the increasing convergence

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Cerner Impressions – Value Based Solutions: Payer/Provider Markets Getting Ever Blurrier

We all know that two of the principle new competencies for providers in the value based market is: 1. population health management and, 2. consumer engagement. Long the purview of the health plan market business and technology sector, one of

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Finally, Some Concrete Use Cases for Telehealth

A recent report has gone great lengths to explain how and to what extent telehealth can improve outcomes, and it is well worth a read if your healthcare organization (HCO) plans to explore investments in telehealth services now or in

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AHIP – The Usual Stories, Amidst Some Refreshing Perspectives

AHIP 2016 is Las Vegas included the usual standard AHIP story lines. Better industry collaboration requires better partnerships, the promise of consumer engagement, the importance of harnessing data to better inform decision making and outcomes. Telemedicine was touted as a

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Evolution To Total Active Risk Report Hits the Streets

Risk stratification is one of the fundamental competencies needed for risk-based contracting. Failure to master the ability to anticipate which patients will be at high risk for expensive utilization patterns in the coming years can mean financial doom for providers under

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Where’s the Money! EHR Market Goes Soft, PHM Yet to Fill Gap

The federal largesse of the HITECH Act is basically over. At ONC’s annual meeting last week, they trumpeted the latest adoption figures, which basically point to a saturated acute care market. The ambulatory market while less penetrated, has not shown

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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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IBM Watson Health: Steady Progress

Couple of weeks back IBM held an all day analyst event here in Massachusetts to provide an update on applications and use cases for Watson. The afternoon focused more specifically on providing an update of Watson Health, which is still

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A Different Approach to Health App Curation

In a recent fit of insomnia, I downloaded a free Electronic Arts version of Scrabble onto my Android phone. I made my decision based on four things: The name of the app, the name of the developer, its star rating

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Rise of the Conveners

No this isn’t a post about the latest Michael Bay sequel in the Transformers’ movie franchise. Instead, I wanted to focus on the acquisition last month of Curaspan, a leading vendor in discharge planning, by naviHealth. This is the second

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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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Provider-Led Care Management: Trends and Opportunities in a Growing Market

Join us this today at 1 pm ET/10 am PT for a special, free webinar sponsored by HIStalk. Matt Guldin, lead analyst on our recent Care Management Market Trends report, will be presenting some of the key findings of this

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Sidestepping the Silos for Advanced Directives

All patients are urged to have a living will, a healthcare proxy, and advanced directives. The latter come in various flavors and spell out the treatment the patient wishes should they become unable to direct their caregivers. The do-not-resuscitate (DNR)

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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.