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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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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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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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Barefoot at HIMSS? Just Trying to Follow Dr. Google’s Orders

If you see me in flip flop sandals, Vibram Five Fingers (VFF), or a barefoot-style shoe at HIMSS14 — please withhold fashion judgment. Since Jan 1, 2014, I have been performing a little “care management” on myself — as ordered

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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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Wellness Market: Too Many Chasing Too Little

Having taken a hiatus from last year’s Health 2.0 event, was looking forward to this year’s event to see what may be new and upcoming among those looking to disrupt the status quo. Unfortunately, surprisingly little. Health 2.0 a couple

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Stretching it – Just a Bit

One of our objectives here at Chilmark Research is to provide clarity to the healthcare IT market sector. This is not always an easy task. Time and again we see vendors stretch the truth in the hopes that no one

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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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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

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Setting the Story Straight on CommonWell

Arguably, the biggest news story coming out of HIMSS last month was the announcement of the CommonWell Health Alliance – a vendor-led initiative to enable query-based, clinical data sharing. So much has been written about CommonWell that there is little

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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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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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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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Benchmarking Payers Adoption of Consumer Tech

Awhile back, a large health insurer (payer) commissioned Chilmark Research to do a market scan on how payers across the country were using emerging consumer technologies to engage their members. We found this project to be quite interesting and rather

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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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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 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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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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Posted in Cloud Computing, Connected Health, Consumer Engagement, consumer health, Electronic Health Records, Google Health, Health Information Exchange, HealthVault, mHealth, Privacy

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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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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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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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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Is the mHealth Hype Justified?

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of hype regarding mHealth.  In late August Deloitte published an Issue Brief: The Mobile Personal Health Record (mPHR) that led to the conclusion that an mPHR will become the “killer

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Shedding a Light on HIT – Beacon Awards

Last week, the White House finally announced the 15 Beacon Award recipients who will split the $220M (roughly $15M each) to effectively leverage HIT to improve healthcare delivery in their communities. While many a community waited patiently for this announcement

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Managed Care, HIT & ARRA

Yesterday, had the privilege to attend and present to a packed audience in New York City for CRG’s conference: IT & the Future of Managed Care: The Next Wave. Unlike most conferences I attend that are predominately focused on either

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Top Ten Predictions for Healthcare IT in 2010

Plenty of top ten predictions on any number of topics, but it is rare to find one focusing on healthcare IT, Chilmark Research’s bailiwick.  And while we may be just a little late in getting this out there onto the

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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

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Learnings from mHealth Summit

Over the last two days, been attending the Foundation for the NIH’s event, the mHealth Summit.  This being its inaugural year, the event has been covering a wide gambit of issues, but the majority of panel sessions, keynotes and what

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Providers Taking Closer Look at PHRs

The provider market has always been a key market for PHR vendors, but most PHR adoption and deployment efforts are led by a provider’s marketing department to improve customer service and increase retention. That is beginning to change. In Chilmark’s

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GE Commits Billions to Healthymagination

Much like its ecomagination marketing program that tapped into all things “Green” GE today hosted a special press event to announce its latest marketing schtick, Healthymagination wherein GE plans to invest some $6B into the healthcare space over the next

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HealthVault Moves Over the Border

This morning, Canada’s second largest telecom provider, TELUS, announced that they have signed an agreement with Microsoft to licnse the HealthVault platform.  Yesterday, Chilmark Research was pre-briefed on the announcement, here’s the scoop and analysis. TELUS and Microsoft have signed

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GE and Intel Target Telemed, Put $250M on Table

GE and Intel today jointly announced a partnership to address the healthcare telemedicine market, which they peg at $3B today, and more than doubling to $7.7B by 2012.  Companies agreed to pool $250M for R&D over the next five years. 

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Experiences at Cleveland Clinic with HealthVault

The local Cleveland paper published a good article today that highlights the work between Cleveland Clinic and Microsoft HealthVault.  Back in November, these two announced a joint agreement to work together to test the efficacy of using consumers’ self-reported, biometric

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Google Health Goes Biometric with IBM’s Help

Though they first demonstrated the biometric measurement and store capabilities of Google Health/IBM at the Connected for Health Summit last October, today they formally announced this capability. Why the wait, not sure.  Maybe they were just waiting for Continua Alliance

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Connecting to Health Coaches with Wii Fit

The extremely popular Wii gaming system will begin connecting directly to health professionals in April.  It appears that this will be first offered in Japan combining the existing Wii Fit and Wii Balance devices with bi-directional online communication capabilities.  Moving

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Open Source Devices & Telehealth

Imagine what combining an Open Source hardware and software platform together might do in the medical device industry, particularly for less stringent telehealth applications.  This is something that some in the industry are beginning to look at by leveraging the

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What’s In Store for 2009: Top Ten Trends & Forecast

Maintaining a tradition among IT analyst firms, following is Chilmark Research’s forecast of Top Trends for 2009.  While there is a significant amount of “crystal ball gazing” in any forecast, 2009 is particularly challenging due to an economy that has

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