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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. One out of four adults has two or more chronic diseases. One in three children is overweight or obese. Projections are that by 2050, one third of Americans will have

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Can Apple Keep the Doctor Away?

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“His treatment was fragmented rather than integrated. Each of his myriad maladies was being treated by different specialists – oncologists, pain specialists, nutritionists, hepatologists, and hematologists – but they were not being coordinated in a cohesive approach.” – Steve Jobs,

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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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HIMSS14: Patiently Waiting for Progress

A grade-school English teacher of mine would write a little guide on the chalkboard at the beginning of our expository writing lessons: Say what you’re going to say; Say It; Say what you said Coming off another HIMSS, that lesson

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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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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

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Payers Refocus Efforts on ROI for Member Engagement

What a difference a year has made to the payer market. In late 2012 Chilmark Research published the first version of our Payer Benchmark report — detailing how leading payers were beginning to adopt emerging consumer technologies. We found a market

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mHealth13: Lots Going On, But Few New Developments

Another year, another mHealth Summit. HIMSS’ younger sibling has slowly grown over the last five years, a period that has seen a Precambrian explosion of companies and advances in mobile tech. However, despite some early hints of maturity, the mHealth

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Out and About

Some of you may have noticed a precipitous drop in new content, ala posts, as of late. A few things have contributed to this. First, it is often tough to find time to write when one is traveling from one

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Who will regulate mHealth? Patient Engagement at Crossroads; New Alliance Takes On Interoperability

We came back from HIMSS and got right to work on the March Monthly Update for Chilmark Advisory Services subscribers. As we’ve reported in a previous post, HIMSS13 afforded enormous buzz and less enlightenment regarding the state of health IT, particularly

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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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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Be careful what you wish for sure did apply to this year’s mHealth Summit, which was held last week in Washington D.C. Of the some 4,000 in attendance, I was one of the 10% or was it even 1% of those present that have attended all four events in succession. It is with that perspective that I came away from this year’s mHealth Summit more disappointed than ever.

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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

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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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Podcast on mHealth Report Findings

For those of you who do not have the resources to purchase our latest mHealth Report (mHealth Adoption for Patient Engagement)  here’s something that you may find of interest. At the Health Datapalooza earlier this month, I sat down with

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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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Latest Report: mHealth Adoption for Provider–Patient Engagement

The market is abuzz about all things mHealth. Press coverage on provider-patient mHealth solutions is ramping up with a recent example being the point-counterpoint piece in Forbes following the press waterfall about Happtique’s app-prescribing platform. We even wrote a piece

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mHealth: There When You Need It

A couple of weeks back, Neil Versal wrote an interesting article for mobihealthnews on mHealth App development and adoption trends. While agreeing with some of the thesis of his argument, that many Apps have little relevance to the broader populace

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mHealth Apps & Patient Engagement – Moving Beyond Transactions

Despite a constant buzz around the idea of using mobile technologies for patient engagement, the depth and breadth of these solutions has remained consistently thin and frankly dated. Today, healthcare organizations who are adopting and deploying engagement solutions are focusing

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300 Million Asthmatics and the Future of Respiratory Monitoring

A few years ago my daughter began developing asthma-like symptoms brought on by reactions to pollen, cat dander, and other triggers.  I can still remember the panic I felt in my chest the first time she ran to me wheezing

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HIMSS’12 Take-away: Follow the Money

Last week we attended the big healthcare IT confab HIMSS in that grand city of sin, Las Vegas. While many spoke of how HIMSS hit an all time record of over 37K attendees (an impressive number), HIMSS is still dwarfed

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Whose Data is it Anyway?

Chilmark Research tends to shy away from the thorny, nearly intractable issues of privacy and security of Personal Health Information (PHI) (we’ll leave that to the lawyers and policy wonks to figure out). However one thing is very clear: As

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Welcomed Changes for 2012

Since its start in 2007, Chilmark Research has kept a fairly low profile as analyst firms go, focusing on a few discrete domains of healthcare IT (HIT). First there was patient and consumer engagement that led to the publication of

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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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mHealth: Seemingly Stuck in Neutral

As many readers know, Chilmark Research has been a strong proponent of mHealth for several years. Despite this enthusiasm, we sometimes come away from a conference, such as this week’s mHealth Summit, with the feeling that the only ones making

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Giving Thanks, Albeit Belatedly

While it would be much better to give thanks prior to our (the US’s) big Thanksgiving holiday, sometimes things just get in the way as has been the case this fall. In fact, many things have gotten in the way

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Trickle Down Health or Health 2.0 Impressions

Another year, another Health 2.0 under the belt. This being the fourth time attending it is interesting to see how this event and its participants have evolved. Like many things in life, some things at Health 2.0 have changed, some

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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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Trends in Patient Engagement

As part of the process of setting our broader research agenda at Chilmark Research, we do a significant amount of secondary research combined with more limited, but highly focused primary research. We use this research to identify the “white spaces”

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Re-entry into Healthcare

As with the last shuttle mission making its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere yesterday, I am re-entering the world of healthcare IT after an extended family vacation in the wilds of Alaska. No, I did not see John Halamka up

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Fostering Innovation in Healthcare IT

As in most sectors, innovation in healthcare IT (HIT) is by and large incremental. A tweak here and added feature there to some existing application, e.g., what we are seeing today from EHR vendors as they strive to meet meaningful

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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,

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CNBC Takes a Look at iPad Adoption

Chilmark Research was contacted earlier this week by CNBC, via Twitter, regarding a story they were doing on iPad adoption in healthcare. Always nice to see a well done story on the topic (hat’s off to CNBC producer Ruth Coxeter

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Why Apple iPad will Dominate in the Enterprise

Ok, before I even begin, let me put it right out there: I’ve been using Apple products since I first got my hands on one of those cute little Mac SEs in the late 80′s having given up my spanking,

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HIMSS11 Shrinking the World Down One Size

  Like Dilbert, I left HIMSS11 with a sense of scale that was somewhat skewed. The first time I crossed the pedestrian bridge overlooking the vendor showroom, I was immediately struck by the vastness of it all.  The showroom itself

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HIMSS’11: Setting Expectations

Over a 1,000 exhibitors, some 30,000+ attendees and I come away from HIMSS, again, thinking is this all there is? Where is the innovation that the Obama administration i.e., Sec. Sebellius and Dr. Blumenthal both touted in their less than

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Are We Arriving at the Cusp of Consumer Engagement

When Chilmark Research was founded, the primary area of focus was healthcare IT that was consumer facing, consumer enabling – tools that would help consumers better manage their health and the health of loved ones. This led to our first

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HIMSS or Bust

Two extremely short weeks from today will be the official start of that annual healthcare IT (HIT) confab called HIMSS. Tens of thousands will gather to hear the latest and greatest on how HIT will deliver unfathomable rewards to all

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2011 Predictions: MU Goes Tactical, ACO Strategic

In the Healthcare IT (HIT) market, 2010 was the year of meaningful use (MU). Healthcare organizations (HCOs) of all sizes developed plans, began making IT modifications and began adopting the technology they needed to meet Stage One MU requirements and

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What Do Future MU Requirements Mean for mHealth, If Anything?

What are some of my favorite things?  “Raindrops on roses” and “whiskers on kittens” definitely make the list.   How about the task of combing over a large chunk of new Meaningful Use (MU) proposed requirements? … Not so much… though

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NaviNet Acquires Prematics: a Testament to the Ubiquity of Smartphones in the Exam Room

Last week, NaviNet announced its acquisition of Prematics, a company founded a few short years ago targeting the market for mHealth provider solutions. While there are significant synergies and overlap between the two companies’ product offerings, NaviNet’s main driver with

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mHealth in the Enterprise Set to Explode

The rapid adoption of smartphones and now touch-screen tablets (e.g., iPad) by clinicians will trigger enormous growth in the use of mHealth Apps within healthcare enterprises, with the market for mHealth in the enterprise projected to reach $1.7B by end

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State of the Web & Mobile Device Impact

Yesterday, Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker gave her annual presentation on the State of the Web 2010. As always, she has done her homework with some excellent stats presented that draw some provokative conclusions. While this presentation looks at the

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Smashing Myths & Assumptions: PHR for Urban Diabetes Care

There remains an unhealthy level of skepticism in the market as to whether or not consumers will use a personal health record (PHR). While a certain level of skepticism is healthy in any market, the level to which it is

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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

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TeleHealth Still Waiting…

Last week’s Connected Health Symposium was once again an event about a sector just waiting to break-out of perpetual pilot stage. This was my 4th Connected for Health Symposium (it holds a special place in my heart as this was

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Let the Data Flow: Part Two

Moving from an event focusing on HIE/REC initiatives by various States, the next two events, HealthCampSF and Health 2.0, took data liquidity to new heights.  Having the CTO of HHS, Todd Park, kick things off at HealthCamp by channeling Oprah

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