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JASON Task Force Says Status Quo is Better than Supersession

The JASON Report created quite a fuss in the HIT marketplace as some screamed foul and others were encouraged that maybe, just maybe the JASON report may force movement to more open systems. To clear the air, the JASON Task Force (JTF)

#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

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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

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Three Big Questions for Stage 3 & Patient Engagement

For many, the delay of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program evoked a collective sigh of relief, providing a much-needed extra year to focus on the challenging requirements for patient engagement and interoperability. As distant as 2017 may seem

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

Innovation: What is it?

If it is one thing that the healthcare IT industry doesn’t lack, it is innovation – or it least innovation on the edges. From Sanofi, to HHS, to Cigna and other stakeholders, there seems to be no lack of challenges, code-a-thons and the like but one has to wonder, do the results of any of these challenges actually end up in the hands of consumers and/or clinicians?

A Layer Above it All: Healtheway’s Value Prop

Now that NwHIN has been spun-out into the public-private entity Healtheway one has to wonder exactly what value they can deliver to market that will sustain them as they attempt to ween themselves from the federal spigot. Healtheway has no

Moving to HIE 2.0

This week I had the pleasure to be the keynote speaker at Orion Health’s HIE User Conference in the beautiful state of my youth, Colorado. In preparing for this conference I was struck again by just how quickly this market

Limits and Lags in Healthcare Productivity

In a recent Health Affairs blog, Alex Goldsmith does a back-of-the-envelope analysis of the peculiar economics of healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare increased by 1.149 million people from 2007-2011. He contrasts this increase in

The Promise of a Little Blue Button

Yesterday, I was in Washington DC to attend ONC’s Consumer Health IT Summit. While having high hopes for some breathtaking new developments, ultimately walked away disappointed as this event ultimately devolved into a Blue Button promotional event. Now I have

Struggling to Understand or Data Does Not Equal Empowerment

Recently upon leaving my doctor’s office I was presented with a print-out of my visit summary. Knowing I worked it the HIT space my doctor proudly stated that this was one the ways that they planned to meet one of

Why We Won’t See EHR Consolidation Anytime Soon

All too frequently I get the question: When will we see the EHR market consolidate? Not an unreasonable question considering just how many EHRs there are in the market today (north of 300) and all the buzz regarding growth in

Some Areas We Covered in May Monthly

Earlier this year Chilmark Research launched its latest service, the Chilmark Advisory Service (CAS). One of the benefits of CAS is that subscribers receive a continuous feed of our research, from major annual reports such as the recently released 2012

At Last, It’s Here: 2012 HIE Market Report

This morning we announced the release of our latest report: 2012 HIE Market Report: Analysis and Trends of the Health information Exchange Market. As we found in last year’s report, the HIE Market and the vendors that serve it continues

Forecast and Ramifications of Payers in the HIE Market: Part One

The numerous changes in the healthcare sector are forcing stakeholders to develop new business models to prosper, to survive. Among health insurers, this means one thing: diversification. Health reform was the nail in the coffin of yesterday’s business model, a

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

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

HIE Market Snippets

In January, we released our HIE Market Report: Analysis & Trends which was extremely well-received. Sales have exceeded our rather optimistic projections – great for us. But what we are most proud of and honestly what keeps us going is

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

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,

Remember: Technology is but a Tool

Yesterday, Chilmark Research participated in the CRG conference, Driving Change Through Managed Care IT from Provider Payments to Quality, which was held in New York City. Despite having a title that no one will be able to remember, the overall

A Tale of Two Medical Records

This is a tale of my nearly year-long attempt to integrate my family’s medical records from a small outpatient provider (MIT Medical) into my Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect EMR. From 2008-2010 my family was living Boston where I was getting my

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

Don’t Rule-out the Mobile Browser

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Henry J. Feldman, M.D., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).  Dr. Feldman also serves as Chief Information Architect in addition to practicing as

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

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

New Leadership for CCHIT – Will it Make a Difference?

The organization that Chilmark Research has had, at times, a trying relationship with, CCHIT, otherwise known as the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has appointed a dear friend, Dr. Karen Bell as its new leader. Dr. Bell, who I

Consumer Consent and HIEs

One of the thornier issues regarding the establishment of public Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) is how to manage consumer consent of personal health information (PHI) sharing.  Today, there is no single standard approach across the US.  Some states have an

Relaxing Meaningful Use? Not Really

There has been a lot of talk this week in the trade pubs about the HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) meeting on Wednesday wherein the committee recommended a relaxation of meaningful use (MU) requirements.  But if one looks closer, the “story”

Part One: Stage One Meaningful Use Winners

As required by legislation in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), HHS/CMS released rules for the meaningful use of certified EHRs before the end of 2009 (late the afternoon of Dec. 30th).  Others have already written plenty on what

Meaningful Use Rules Hit the Streets

Late yesterday afternoon, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) who holds the big bucket of ARRA incentive funds for EHR adoption, released two major documents for public review and comment that will basically define healthcare IT for the

Top 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a PHR

At some point, hopefully in the not so distant future, physicians, clinics and hospitals will reach for the ARRA/HITECH Act carrot, adopt a certified EHR and demonstrate meaningful use.  One proposed requirement for meaningful use that will likely pass through

Reading the Tea Leaves: CMS to Release MU Rules this Month

The healthcare IT (HIT) industry waits with baited breath for the release of preliminary meaningful use (MU) rules, scheduled for later this month.  Why the baited breath?  Market has basically stalled as physicians & hospital CIOs hold off HIT purchases

Blumenthal Beats HITECH Drum

Yesterday, David Blumenthal published a very thoughtful post on the HITECH Act as a foundation for information exchange in which he reflected on his own personal experience as a doctor.  That experience included the often frustrating realization that he could

Consumer Preferences: Sharing PHI

Last week, HHS sent a notice to a limited number of people in the healthcare space soliciting their comments on a Draft Requirements Document for Consumer Preferences.  The Draft seeks to establish a common framework allowing a consumer to define

CCHIT has a Seat at Table – for Now

Today, the HIT Policy Committee met once again, this time to hammer out what the term “certified EHR” means within the context of future ARRA reimbursements to physicians and hospitals.  Chilmark sat in on the discussions, here is our assessment

CONNECT: The Feds Answer to Health Info Exchange

The feds are beating the CONNECT drum. This week, ONC sponsored a two-day event in DC to begin educating the market as to what CONNECT is and how it may be leveraged to support information exchange.  At least that is

HealthVault’s International Strategy

One of the more intriguing sessions at the recent Microsoft Connected Health Conference was that hosted by Mark Johnston, International Business Development Lead for Microsoft Health Solutions Group (HSG).  During this session and follow-on conversations, Chilmark Research received a pretty

Information Fundamental to Knowledge

The foundational element to knowledge, from which wisdom flows, is information.  Without information one can not begin to understand.  So why is it that we, as consumers, have such a hard time gaining access to our personal health records, our

Usability & Adoption of EHRs

Policy makers keep wondering why physicians do not readily adopt EMR/EHR software.  Under ONC’s first head, David Brailer, it was decided that a big problem was a lack of certification of EMR software to insure that it worked as advertised,

ONC Provides Roadmap for HITECH Act Execution

Yesterday, ONC published an 8pg document that provides a roadmap for the important decisions that they will make in the coming months. Over on the industry news website, Healthcare IT News, John Halamka provides a good overview on some of

Making “Meaningful Use” Well… Meaningful

The market for EHRs has stalled as potential buyers await the outcome of the government’s definition of “meaningful use” and “certified EHR” both critical for determining Stimulus reimbursement.  Of course the recession has not helped things for EHR vendors with

Blumenthal’s Views = Lock-down on HIT Innovation?

Prof. David Blumenthal, the new head of ONC, makes some disturbing comments regarding the Stimulus Bill, HIT and HITECH Act  in his article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The article is not completely off-base as he does

Techies: SNOMED, HL7 Semantic Interoperability

Just came across this document that you’ll find on Scrib, which is a bit over my head, but quite sure some of the visitors to Chilmark Research will find it useful.  A team comprised of UK NHS reps and others

Stimulus Package, HITECH Act and Ossification of HIT

We are heading down the wrong path. Despite the rounds of applause from virtually all sectors of the healthcare establishment (AHA, HIMSS, AllScripts’ customers, etc.) the HITECH Act, as currently drafted in the Stimulus Bill (both House and Senate versions

HR 1: Stimulus Package and HIT

Just finished reading/scanning HR 1, the House Stimulus bill focusing on the HIT section, to which some $20B greenbacks will flow. This Bill just went just the Appropriations Committee and will likely pass the full house later this week. The

HL7 Releases Draft Standard of PHR-FM

The HIT standards organization, HL7 sent out a press release today announcing that the PHR Systems Functional Model (PHRS-FM) is now available for trial use.  This functional model has been in the making for ages (glad no businesses were depending

Leavitt’s Parthian Shot – Consumer Health Privacy Framework

As HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt begins packing his bags making way for incoming Sec. Daschle, he is leaving a number of legacies behind such as a very checkered success record with the NHIN (RHIOs continue to rise and fall with

How Many Cooks Does it Take to Define a PHR Functional Model?

While doing some research on healthcare IT (HIT) standards for our upcoming report on the PHR market I stumbled upon 3 different organizations who all seem to be doing pretty much the same thing, defining a functional model for PHRs.

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