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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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HIMSS16 Wrap: Analysts Answer 3 Key Questions

The pilgrimage to HIMSS has once again come to pass. While certainly not a spiritual pilgrimage – after all it did take place in Sin City – it is a trek into the depths of healthcare IT (HIT). No other

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Care Management – What to Look For at HIMSS16

With the completion and release of the Care Management Market Trends Report last week, I arrived out in sunny and warm Las Vegas for the HIMSS16 Conference. I just wanted to post a brief list of things I will be

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Market Trends Report on Care Management Solutions Now Available

Chilmark Research launched the Care Coordination domain (now Care Management) in an effort to bring clarity to a diverse and emerging market that had yet to be subject to formal, in-depth analysis. Dozens of vendors from all over the health

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Without Communication, Coordinated Care Is Still Just Care

Back in October, I tore my left calf in the middle of a marathon. Like any crazy runner worth his weight in energy gel, I still finished the race, even if it meant limping around for the rest of the

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Going Beyond the Obvious: 2016 Predictions for Healthcare IT

Never a dull moment in healthcare. 2015 saw plenty of changes and some inklings as to what may be in store for us in 2016. While there was plenty of noise around ICD-10, it was a non-event in 2015. Likewise,

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Annual Review: 2015 Predictions

What good are predictions and the prognosticators who make them if they never go back and assess those predictions later? A big fat goose egg, or worse, if you set some aspects of your strategic plan in alignment with those

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Current & Future Trends for the Digital Care Plan: New Report Hits the Streets

Proper care coordination depends on a longitudinal care plan that all members of a care team can view, contribute to, update, and distribute. Such a plan must also be patient-centric, holistic, interdisciplinary, and dynamic. Naturally, it will be digital and

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Health 2.0 Grows Up

Nine conferences later and finally, the Health 2.0 event is showing signs of maturity. Sure, there remains plenty of cheerleading for all those fabulous little start-ups that claim they will be the ones disrupting healthcare. And the Health 2.0 event is

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New Insight Report on Moving to Open Platforms Now Available

All of the factors driving the adoption of platform thinking in the wider economy across other industries — escalating demand for better user functionality, customers seeking an outcome rather than a transaction, rapidly changing payment models — are present in healthcare. Yet HCOs and their HIT vendors cling tenaciously to closed, transaction-based systems and methods of doing business.

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HIMSS ’15: Care Management & Care Coordination Recap

Having finally caught-up from my many conversations at HIMSS ’15, I wanted to provide a recap of some of the key issues raised in my watchlist blog post last month. Of course, a few other items came up that fall

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HIMSS Will not Have Dragons or Acrobats This Year: Clinician Network Management Watchlist

During the Middle Ages, London’s Bartholomew Fair grew from what we would call a trade show for cloth merchants into a full-blown annual exposition where merchants could conduct business in the presence of “sideshows, prize-fighters, musicians, wire-walkers, acrobats, puppets, freaks

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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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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

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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

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Orion Health Aspires to PaaS

The interoperability problems that plague healthcare are compounded by the paucity of developer options for modern software development. Software as a Service (SaaS) models are increasingly commonplace for EHRs, population health and other finished applications. Platform as a Service (PaaS)

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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

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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

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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

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PHM: An Acronym in Search of Technology

“Do We have a PHM Solution for You.” That seems to be the most heard paraphrase from any number of health IT (HIT) vendors claiming to have what a healthcare organization (HCO) needs to address population health management (PHM). However,

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What Lies Ahead for Meaningful Use?

After much speculation and mounting criticism of Meaningful Use (MU), two recent developments provided some clarity on the future direction of the program and indications of how rocky a road it will be for providers in stage 2.

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Read All About It: Analytics for Pop Health Hits the Streets

I am happy to announce that the long labors of our Analytics analyst, Cora Sharma, have come to fruition with the release today of our newest report: Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report. This report takes a significantly …

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What We’ve Been Reading – Week of August 18

This week we are introducing a new recurring segment on our blog – instead of solely supplying our dear readers with new content from our analysts, we thought it would be valuable to provide some insight into what we find

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Big Fish Swallows Another – Will it Choke?

Rumors that have been floating around for months that Siemens planned to exit the health IT (HIT) market have come true. Earlier today, Cerner announced that it will acquire Siemens HIT business for a whopping $1.3B with expected close in

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Supreme Court Waves Off Software Industry: Bad for HIT

Healthcare depends on new and innovative ideas — often constructed with software. EHRs, HIEs, CPOE, clinical content, medical devices, and numerous medical products are completely or mostly built with software. National governments have helped stimulate innovation over the centuries through

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Incentives, Regulations and Consequences

Good intentions do not always result, in the long-term, in good policy. Such may be the case with the HITECH Act that was passed as part of the huge stimulus bill ARRA in 2009. This bill launched the massive adoption

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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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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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#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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