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#WWBR Week of August 28, 2015

“You Get Reminded You’re a Sick Person”: Personal Data Tracking and Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions Jessica Ancker, et al in Journal of Medical Internet Research “Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there’s a disconnect between what health

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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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#WWBR Week of August 17, 2015

The Potential Hazards of Hospital Consolidation Tim Xu, Albert W. Wu, and Martin A. Makary in The Journal of the American Medical Association “At the end of the 20th century, consolidation in the financial services industry created firms that were

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What Cerner’s DoD Win Means to Industry

So much ink, so little insight. Quite a lot has been published on the awarding of the large Dept. of Defense (DoD) EHR contract, but almost all articles are simple rehashes of the press release and occasionally including some basic, on-the-record,

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#WWBR Week of August 3, 2015

Primary Care Providers’ Views of Recent Trends in Health Care Delivery and Payment Jamie Ryan, et al for The Commonwealth Fund “Commonwealth Fund’s annual survey of PCPs turns up some surprising and not to surprising results. Satisfaction with IT is

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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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#WWBR Week of July 27, 2015

Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law Paula Span for The New York Times “Confusion about HIPAA privacy and security is one thing. Feigned confusion is another. This article highlights ways in which either kind of confusion

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New Insight Report on Moving to Open Platforms Now Available

All of the factors driving the adoption of platform thinking in the wider economy across other industries — escalating demand for better user functionality, customers seeking an outcome rather than a transaction, rapidly changing payment models — are present in healthcare. Yet HCOs and their HIT vendors cling tenaciously to closed, transaction-based systems and methods of doing business.

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#WWBR Week of July 13, 2015

Analysis of 2016 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces Cynthia Cox, Rosa Ma, Gary Claxton, and Larry Levitt for Kaiser Family Foundation “According to this preliminary review of health insurance premiums for 2016,

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With Wristband, Google Entering Consumer Health on Its Own Terms

It’s not every day that health-related news from Google gets buried, but recent headlines about the Supreme Court upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and the nation’s largest insurers playing matchmaker seem to have relegated Google’s planned

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#WWBR Week of July 6, 2015

Patient-centered activity monitoring in the self-management of chronic health conditions Emil Chiauzzi, Carlos Rodarte and Pronabesh DasMahapatra in BMC Medicine “An “above average” academic paper about personal patient data. This raises many questions and offers key insights for industry as

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#WWBR Week of June 29, 2015

How to Take Charge of Your Medical Records (Note: this complements Naveen’s post earlier in the week on this subject) Melinda Beck in The Wall Street Journal “This piece, on the issues surrounding patient access to their own records, might

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Free Data, Wishful Thinking

Is the #dataindependenceday and #freemydata movement in healthcare actually going to amount to anything?

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#WWBR Week of June 22nd, 2015

Innovation Starts with the Heart, Not the Head Gary Hamel for Harvard Business Review “A very thoughtful and moving piece about what innovation truly is and its potential impact on an organization. Spoiler Alert: author takes a somewhat contrarian view

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Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies; Can We Move On Now?

In a 6-3 ruling this morning, the Supreme Court affirmed the legality of Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov. The Court rejected the argument of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, who argued that the phrase

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The Promise of Consumer-Driven Health

As John pointed out last week, I’m the newest member of Chilmark Research. I’ve joined the team to wrap my head around the role of the patient/consumer/citizen in the healthcare process. This role has changed dramatically since I started covering

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HIPAA Must Die

Do we really need HIPAA and fifty different state versions of HIPAA to make patient data private and secure? And HIPAA has a lot of company. Each state also has different rules for telemedicine, for credentialing, for nurse staffing levels, for

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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

#WWBR Week of June 1st, 2015

Breaking the Death Grip of Legacy Technologies Willy C. Shih for Harvard Business Review “Every industry sector must deal with legacy systems and healthcare is no different. Good article on why legacy systems and processes can seemingly have a death

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#WWBR Week of May 25, 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel for McKinsey “Good abstract from McKinsey on the four global disruptive macroeconomic forces that will impact pretty much everything we do in all corners of

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Providers and Telehealth: Ready For One Another?

Telehealth has generated much excitement in the payer, employer, and even DTC segments. As telehealth vendors enter the provider market, several business, technology, and cultural dynamics loom large.

Waltzing thru the Cafes of Vienna

Ten months, nearly to the day, since I landed in this city. Over that time, I’ve had the pleasure to partake in one of Vienna’s true cultural gems -no not the incredible music you find everywhere – but the Viennese

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#WWBR Week of May 11th, 2015

Radical Approach To Huge Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price Jay Hancock for Kaiser Health News “Providers are getting squeezed by Medicare, next they could get squeezed even further by small self-insured employers. The gig is up, hospitals will have

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HIMSS ’15: Care Management & Care Coordination Recap

Having finally caught-up from my many conversations at HIMSS ’15, I wanted to provide a recap of some of the key issues raised in my watchlist blog post last month. Of course, a few other items came up that fall

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#WWBR Week of May 4th, 2015

Our posts from earlier in the week: May 5 – John: IBM in Healthcare: Deja Vu or Something New? May 4 – Brian: HIMSS’15: NOT on FHIR   The Future Of Medicine — Where Investors Are Putting Their Money Nikhil

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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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HIMSS’15: NOT on FHIR

HIMSS15 was supposed to be an opportunity for HIT vendors to really expand on interoperability with possibilities represented by FHIR and other newish standards. At least that’s what I thought. Interoperability is an overarching concern across HIT and many are expecting

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WWBR Week of April 27, 2015

Admitted to Your Bedroom: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home Daniela J Lamas for The New York Times “Delivering acute care in a home setting is not all that new but it is still rare. This article talks about

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HIMSS’15 Pilgrimage: Impressions and Takeaways

Another year, another HIMSS conference. While I often may gripe about this event; the seemingly endless parroting of buzzword(s) de jour, the countless press releases that really are much ado about nothing and highly questionable surveys and research results, that

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Progress Amidst the Stumbles: Patient Engagement at #HIMSS15

A lot of small signs of progress in the patient engagement market were on display at #HIMSS15, despite a lack of bigger picture vision.

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HIMSS Will not Have Dragons or Acrobats This Year: Clinician Network Management Watchlist

During the Middle Ages, London’s Bartholomew Fair grew from what we would call a trade show for cloth merchants into a full-blown annual exposition where merchants could conduct business in the presence of “sideshows, prize-fighters, musicians, wire-walkers, acrobats, puppets, freaks

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HIMSS’15: Care Management & Care Coordination Watchlist

In preparation of attending HIMSS 2015 next week, I have been busy finalizing my agenda. It has been a busy week confirming and finalizing meeting times, figuring out what vendors I want to take a more detailed look at, setting

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Aligning IT Solutions to Strategy: 2015 Pop Health Mgmt Report Hits the Streets

Population health management (PHM) is at the forefront of strategic initiatives being undertaken across the healthcare industry today. Prompting these strategic initiatives is the massive shift in risk, via payment reform, from payers to providers. This shift is likely to

#WWBR Week of March 30, 2015

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records Steve Lohr for The New York Times “The more of these stories that come out, the more that society will understand how inequitable and broken the healthcare system is for patients. Data

HIMSS’15: Patient & Consumer Engagement Watchlist

HIMSS is nearly on top of us again – here, we share a few of the specific things we’re looking out for to at this year’s show.

#WWBR Week of March 23, 2015

The CMS and ONC NPRMs Micky Tripathy and John Halamka for Life as a Healthcare CIO “One of the more balanced views of the proposed MU3 regs from those that know the inside of regulation sausage making; and the outside,

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Didn’t Like MU? Brace Yourself for the Interoperability Version

Join us today at 3PM ET for a tweetchat about MU3 and what the proposed regulations portend. Just follow the #MU3 hashtag on Twitter to join the conversation. For all of the dissatisfaction about the prescriptive nature of the EHR

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Join us for an MU3 Tweetchat this Thursday!

As you are likely already aware, CMS released their proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use attestation regulations this past Friday, March 20th. Since then, there has been a good deal of writing on the subject, and many opinions have already been

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#WWBR Week of March 16, 2015

Questioning the Value of Health Apps Joshua A. Krisch in The New York Times “Have we made progress in mHealth over the last few years? Of course the instinctive response is to say “yes” – but as this NYT piece

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#WWBR Week of March 9, 2015

Non-interoperable directives: End-of-life wishes and EHRs don’t yet mesh Joseph Conn in Modern Healthcare “No surprise that EMRs are doing a poor of handling end-of-life directives. Some of the issues stem from the larger interoperability limitations that plague health IT.

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Inside Peek at Forthcoming PHM Report

Over the last several weeks, I have been working feverishly to finish our first major report on Population Health Management (PHM), which is now in production. It may appear that we are a little late to the party in providing

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#WWBR Week of March 2, 2015

If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them Austin Frakt in The New York Times “It’s somewhat understood that most people occasionally make decisions without a complete understanding of their choice. Yet in healthcare, patients face complex and

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#WWBR Week of February 23, 2015

Study Urges Greater Financial Disclosure by Nonprofit Integrated Health Systems Jill Bronstein in National Academy of Social Insurance “A study came out from the National Academy of Social Insurance looking at the societal value of IDNs. The study had several

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Longitudinal Care Plans: Still Siloed

I have been doing a lot of work and research around the current state of care plans for an upcoming Insight report that will be out in March. Some of their limitations in current practice though have become glaringly apparent

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#WWBR Week of February 16, 2015

ICYMI: We started this week off with our traditional Free February post to reverse-celebrate the birthdays of our founder and yours truly. This year was a big one – we are giving away our 2013 Clinical Analytics Market Trends Report.

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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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#WWBR Week of February 9, 2015

Coverage of our recently released Clinical Patient Engagement Report: Analyst: Widespread provider adoption of patient engagement tools still two years out via MobiHealthNews Healthcare Orgs. Still Doing Bare Minimum on Patient Engagement, Report Says via Healthcare Informatics Patient engagement ‘taking a

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2014/2015 Clinical Patient Engagement Report Now Available

Today we are pleased to release our latest report: 2014/2015 Clinical Patient Engagement Market Trends Report. This long-awaited report marks a return to the critically important subject of Chilmark Research’s very first report on iPHR, back in 2008. Delving deep

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#WWBR Week of February 2, 2015

From Bathroom to Healthroom Juhan Sonin for Involution Studios “Met Juhan years ago as we both exited our first HIMSS event a bit depressed at the state of affairs in HIT. Juhan, who is about as forward thinking individual of

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