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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Posted in Analytics, consumer health, Population Health Management

Supreme Court Waves Off Software Industry: Bad for HIT

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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

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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

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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

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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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Analytics, Pop Health & Painful Feet at HIMSS14

HIMSS14….  brought me to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. As in HIMSS past, I found myself surrounded by people genuinely committed to fixing our defunct healthcare system — and the population health management group-chant was louder

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HIMSS-pressions

What an epic (or is it Epic, or for that matter EPIC) ride where one seemingly goes in and out of noise tunnels on the exhibit floor all in the hopes of finding some meaningful signal as to what is

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HIMSS or Bust

Next week is that proverbial event we all, in the HIT industry, look forward to with some trepidation - HIMSS’14. For an analyst firm such as ours HIMSS provides us a great opportunity to talk with end users, vendors of all

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Posted in ACO, Analytics, Care Management, Chilmark Research, Cloud Computing, Connected Health, Consumer Engagement, consumer health, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange, mHealth, policy, telemedicine Tagged with: , ,

Free February 2014

Readers that have been with us for a few years may recall that February is a very special month for our family. It is our Founder and Managing Director, John Moore Jr’s birthday on the 11th, my birthday on the 15th,

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Is the EHR Transformational?

Under HITECH, physicians and hospitals have adopted EHR technology in droves but are now coming to grips with the fact that their brand new EHR is not well-suited for the new world of value-based reimbursement (VBR). For years, healthcare providers

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Posted in Analytics, Care Management, Chilmark Research, Cloud Computing, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange

What’s in Store for 2014?

That time of year once again where we collectively look into our crystal ball, or throw the sticks or maybe even look at the coffee grinds dripping down the sides on our coffee cup to see what may be in

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Looking Ahead to Data Visualization & Blazingly Fast Database Technology

Last week I attended the annual Data Warehousing (TDWI) event in Orlando. This is a fantastic, intimate setting of the top experts, and plenty of novices, in data warehousing and analytics. The event is totally focused on education, with only

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The Two Faces of Population Health Management

As we head into the New Year, we at Chilmark Research have been thinking a lot about how we will approach Population Health Management (PHM) in 2014, and beyond. PHM is actually a pretty unfortunate term for the data-driven business

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Data-Driven Patient Outreach: Financially Efficient or Morally Compromised?

I recently spoke with a clinical analytics vendor about one of their provider customer’s bizarre decisions – to no longer encourage a subset of their diabetic population to take the HbA1C test. The reason? These diabetics were covered under a

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Breaking New Ground

Today is a great day for Chilmark Research and hopefully the world of healthcare IT. At long last, the much anticipated Market Trends report Clinical Analytics for Population Health (CAPH) has been published. Coming in at slightly more than 100

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Haunted by the Past: The Legacy of Claims Data Continues

Assume for the moment that we are indeed looking towards a future of widespread value-based reimbursement and provider-led population health management (PHM). Claims data should come to be seen as increasingly irrelevant, right? This is what I initially assumed before

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Clinical Data Has Arrived. Now What?

Last year it became clear that the term ACO-enablement was going out of fad, and a new buzzword — population health management (PHM) — was surfacing. After interviews with several industry stakeholders, it soon became clear to us at Chilmark

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Implementing Analytics for PHM and Accountable Care.

In order to implement population health management and accountable care, healthcare provider organizations (HCOs) will have to deploy dozens of analytic applications, including clinical, operational and financial applications. With demand for applications outstripping the ability of IT to develop these

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HIEs Experience Growing Pains, EHRs Stumble with Population Health

May at Chilmark Research saw us compiling the results of extensive research for two major market reports one on Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the other on Analytics for Population Health Management. Both will be released shortly. In our May

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Posted in ACO, Analytics, Chilmark Research, Health Information Exchange

A Week in DC: Health Datapalooza and Medcity ENGAGE

After four years, it would appear that Health Datapalooza is hitting it’s stride – and starting to follow the same format as every other health innovation conference. This year, peak attendance was around 2000 ‘health data enthusiasts,’ a massive increase

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Caradigm Kills eHealth, Partners with Orion

Today, Caradigm and Orion Health announced their partnership wherein Caradigm will go to market with Orion Health’s HIE solution suite and likewise Orion Health will take  Caradigm’s analytics solution, Caradigm Intelligence Platform (CIP) to market to its existing and future

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Finding Few Answers at HIMSS’13

Last week was yet another HIMSS, this time in the Big Easy – one of my favorite cities, despite the unfortunate decay occurring on Bourbon St. As with the many HIMSS I have attended before, this is the seminal event

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Reorg at McKesson, Will Docs Trust Predictive Analytics & Med Rec

What a crazy week it has been. Yes, it was the week of all things HIT related with the big confab of HIMSS a the Big Easy. I’m literally still trying to sort out all that I saw, all the

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ACO Here, ACO There, ACO, ACO Everywhere & Vendor Response

In less than two years we have gone from Accountable Care Organization (ACO) as a concept, to ACO as a new model of care delivery. With the January announcement that there were 106 more added to the Medicare ACO program,

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At the Intersection of Obesity and HIT

We Americans are on a very terrifying path, health-wise, based on the latest obesity projections from RWJF. Medical “innovations” around the obesity epidemic are unsettling, to say the least. Most recently, Dean Kamen (of Segway fame) filed a patent for

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Four Diverse Research Notes in Jan Monthly Update

As Chilmark has grown, so has our areas of research which is best represented in the following four research notes that our analysts put together for Chilmark Advisory Service (CAS) clients. The following four abstracts provide you perspective on some of

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2013 – A Year of Surprises

In the blink of an eye, a New Year has appeared and with it the need to look into our crystal ball (or is it a magic 8 ball) to make our annual predictions for the healthcare IT sector. Personally,

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Big Data Clarified, Providers, HIT & Obesity and ACA’s Impact on HIE Market

With the ramp up to healthcare reform, Chilmark Research sees signs of a potential slow down in HIE innovation. This is but one research note of three that were provided as part of our latest monthly update for Chilmark Advisory Service subscribers in

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Another Analyst Joins Chilmark

Founder’s Note: I started talking to Rob in the fall of 2012 and we quickly hit it off due to our mutual belief that IT can play an extremely important, if not vital role in improving the delivery of healthcare.

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Humana Jumps into HIE Market, Claims Analytics Turn Sights of Clinical, Med Adherence

November saw the acquisition of yet another HIE vendor by a payer (Humana). An in-depth analysis of this acquisition and its implications was provided to Chilmark Advisory Service (CAS) clients at the end of November. Following are abstracts of the three research notes in our latest Monthly Update.

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Cerner Takes a Road Less Traveled

Cerner is embarking on a journey of transformation. That transformation, if successful, will culminate in Cerner becoming more than a health IT company to becoming a health company. They’ve tested much of this strategy internally with onsite campus clinics, health

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Another HIE Purchase by a Payer

Today, national health insurer, Humana, announced that it has acquired Certify Data Systems (CDS). This marks the third HIE vendor (UHG acquired Axolotl & Aetna acquired Medicity) that has been acquired by a payer in the last couple of years.

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Healthcare Analytics: A Call for Clarity

Healthcare is awash in data but starved for information. Progress has been slow in adopting analytics within healthcare. A key ingredient that could speed up the development and adoption of analytic approaches appropriate for healthcare is clarity in both terminology

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Digging into Analytics

At this year’s HIMSS conference the big buzz was analytics. Seemed as if every vendor in attendance was promoting some sort of analytics capability. It was a tad overwhelming and if I was having a problem trying to separate out

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Implications: Supreme Court Gives Thumbs Up to ACA

This morning, as most of you already know, the Supreme Court ruled that the Privacy Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as ACA) is constitutional and basically left the entire law intact. While it was no surprise that this

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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

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Sex Sells (or at Least Leads to Some Interesting Analytics)

One guarantee in the healthcare sector is that when it comes to personal health information (PHI), there is no lack of issues and pundits to discuss security and privacy of such information/data. If one does not jump up and down

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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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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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Siemens Jumps into HIE Waters

Acquisition fever has set in and they’re dropping like flies, independent HIE vendors that is. Earlier today, Siemens announced its intent to acquire enterprise HIE vendor MobileMD. So in little over a year we have seen IBM snag Initiate, Axolotl

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Dr. Watson I Presume

Little over a month ago, IBM and WellPoint announced an agreement wherein WellPoint will deploy IBM’s latest and greatest super computer and artificial intelligence mega-mind Watson. Watson’s claim to fame was its ability to beat the human Jeopardy champions much

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Who Will be the Salesforce.com of Healthcare IT?

Last week was the massive Salesforce.com user conference Dreamforce (massive in that there were more attendees at Dreamforce then this year’s HIMSS!). We’ve been reviewing more than a few articles and writings written by those who attended the event. In

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Additional Thoughts on Thomson Reuters

Last week we posted an analysis of the pending sale of Thomson Reuters’s Healthcare unit. Since publishing that analysis Chilmark has received feedback, privately, from several, extremely knowledgeable people as to their thoughts on this sale and others who companies who may

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Who We Are

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.