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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Needed: A Value Chain Model for Data Analytics

Coming out of HIMSS 2016 I was struck by the sheer number of Population Health Management offerings. There are a myriad of vendors offering a multitude of data analytics offerings for providers and payers navigating the new waters of value-based

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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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The State of Clinical Analytics in 2016: New Market Trends Report Available

  We are very pleased to announce the latest addition to our Market Trends Report series: 2016 Clinical Analytics for Population Health is now available for purchase. This report is the result of months of exhaustive evaluations of current technologies and

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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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Top Three Factors Driving Growth in Cloud Analytics for Healthcare

So here is a scary thought for all those who fear the move to cloud services due to cybersecurity and privacy breach concerns - Data as a Service (DaaS) is coming to your community, to your healthcare system soon. Heaven forbid

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Data Governance: The Foundation of an Analytics Value Chain

With the coming release of our pending Health Data Analytics Value Chain report, we wanted to start a discussion around one of the core elements of the value chain that we present: Data Governance. Data governance is the foundational piece

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Health Analytics Summit Full of Surprises

Last week, the analytics vendor, Health Catalyst (HC) invited me to the Health Analytics Summit (HAS), which to put it simply, was full of surprises and a few validations. With over 900 attendees, not counting Health Catalyst employees, this was a

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Watson Gets Data, But Does IBM Get Health?

IBM’s made a big bet with Watson Health, but will the technology live up to the marketing? They are off to a great start – though their work is certainly cut out for them.

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APIs and Data Analytics

There is a lot of buzz these days over precision medicine and if you’re stuck in the midst of EHR implementations and/or ICD-9/10 transitions, it might sound a bit farfetched to see how precision medicine will ever scale to the

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HCD Customer Rescue

Health Care Dataworks (HCD), an analytics vendor that has struggled to gain traction, was acquired today by Health Catalyst. Had a quick call this afternoon with Health Catalyst CEO, Dan Burton to get the skinny on this deal, here is

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Population Health Summit: Impressions and Key Takeaways

Healthcare is full of ideas that are easy to conceptualize but difficult to put into practice. Both clinician network management and patient engagement, for example, make perfect sense on paper but get very complicated, very quickly, when you move beyond

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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

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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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Happy Birthday: It’s Free February

Several years ago I started a tradition of giving away one of our research reports in February to celebrate the month of my birth. It is also a small way to try and give something back to a community that has

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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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Free Bight: Inside Health Catalyst’s Partnership with Allina Health

Today, Health Catalyst and Minnesota-based Allina Health announced a deep, ten-year partnership to further respective goals in healthcare analytics. Health Catalyst will gain rights to Allina-developed intellectual property (IP) and add to its ranks roughly eighty Allina employees. Allina will

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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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.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

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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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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

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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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#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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Point Solutions vs. Data Hoarders: K.O. Match

As I wrap up my research into clinical analytics/population health for this year’s Market Trends report, I have been enjoying long and entertaining calls with the vendor community. Without fail, vendors enjoy lobbing insults at their competition (though I might

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HIE is a Misnomer

For years now we have been talking about HIE as if health information exchange (the verb) is happening across health information exchanges (the noun). This is wrong for the simple reason that true, full health information exchange is not occurring.

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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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Claims Data is NOT a Trojan Horse

Probably the most notable development apparent at HIMSS14 was how much HIE and interoperability vendors are now talking about including claims data in their solution sets. Last year at this time, most of these vendors questioned the clinical value and

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