Chilmark Research focuses on covering developments in those technologies that are transforming and modernizing the way healthcare is delivered. These technologies fall into four core Domains of coverage, which you can read more about below. The way each of these domains touches the provider and the patient can dramatically influence both the delivery of care, and the quality of these care encounters. As more and more of the healthcare system shifts towards value-based reimbursement – and away from fee-for-service – the core functionality of these technologies will continue to evolve to better address population health management needs and other strategic priorities coming down the line. Click on any of the titles to learn more about our content related to that Domain and who our resident experts are.
HCOs will need to undergo vast transformations in order to survive the new healthcare world order, becoming risk-bearing organizations with a payer-like mindset and business model. They will need to do what the payers never could: arbitrage cost and quality variations out of care delivery, actually serve consumer needs, and change patient and physician behavior. We are focused on covering those analytics solutions that provide new tools for analyzing the health of populations and enabling improved care workflows. We foresee a future where analytics tools can determine the best ways to engage patients, how to do more than fill care gaps, and methods for properly attributing care outcomes to those providers responsible – good or bad.
Electronic health records (EHRs) have been around for decades now. In an industry known for moving at a sluggish pace, it is not surprising that many of these legacy systems are still dominant industry players. We cover new advances in the EHR industry by looking at what matters: how are these vendors making the lives of clinicians less complicated? What new products are being introduced to simplify workflows and create truly longitudinal patient records (not just one-off digital records)? And most importantly, how is the hub of the physician’s IT suite going to truly help with broader goals of care coordination?
The advent of value-based care and reimbursement has broad implications for how HCOs use and share data. New models of care mean that accountability for care, costs, and payment will be more focused on subsets of providers in a network of provider organizations. At any time, a given HCO will need visibility into the activities of the network of clinicians responsible for delivering care at a patient level and at a panel level. Evolving from the HIE industry, Clinician Network Management (CNM) is the set of technologies and processes that supports care delivery information needs across organizational boundaries. CNM will allow participating HCOs to effectively monitor and understand the impact of care delivery decisions on patient outcomes and on the financial health of the clinician network.
Simply put, patient engagement is consumer-facing technology that aims to get people more involved in their own health care. The toolkit available to HCO’s to accomplish this goal spans enterprise, mobile, web, and personal monitoring devices. These technologies focus on improving communication, education, and self-care while patients are out living their lives beyond the walls of a health care facility. At Chilmark Research, our efforts focus on delivery system adoption of these tools, beginning with federal mandate programs but extending to the broader goals of population-level health system reform.