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The State of Clinical Analytics in 2016: New Market Trends Report Available

  We are very pleased to announce the latest addition to our Market Trends Report series: 2016 Clinical Analytics for Population Health is now available for purchase. This report is the result of months of exhaustive evaluations of current technologies and

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Bringing Digital Health to Those Who Need It Most

Between my current life as an analyst and my former life as a journalist, I’ve sat in a lot of keynote addresses, conference sessions, and presentations touting the latest and greatest consumer healthcare products. No matter whether I’m impressed, puzzled,

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3 Real-World Reasons the Scripps Study Failed

Results from the Scripps study failed to show an impact on remote monitoring inteventions. We think that this news speaks the broader failure of the health IT industry, researchers, and clinicians to design patient-centered models of care. The worst part is – that could be the easiest piece of the puzzle.

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#WWBR Week of January 11, 2016

3 Implications in Death of MU John Moore for Chilmark Research “We don’t typically share our own content, but ending MU was probably the biggest health IT related announcement this week, and if you haven’t yet seen our implications post,

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3 Implications in Death of MU

I’m here at the big JP Morgan conference in San Francisco where CMS administrator, Andy Slavitt dropped the bomb that the Meaningful Use (MU) program will discontinue in 2016. John Lynn did a nice summary of what Slavitt actually said, or at

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Without Communication, Coordinated Care Is Still Just Care

Back in October, I tore my left calf in the middle of a marathon. Like any crazy runner worth his weight in energy gel, I still finished the race, even if it meant limping around for the rest of the

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782 ACOs in the US – So What?

Chilmark Research takes one step back from the excitement about ACO growth to review some of more nuanced HIT market opportunities being created by value-based care.

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A Healthcare Poem for the Holidays

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the system The hospitals’ wishes…too many to list ‘em. For transitioning to value-based care, means looking for things that aren’t really there: Care management workflows for clinical staff, Or more diagnoses to

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Going Beyond the Obvious: 2016 Predictions for Healthcare IT

Never a dull moment in healthcare. 2015 saw plenty of changes and some inklings as to what may be in store for us in 2016. While there was plenty of noise around ICD-10, it was a non-event in 2015. Likewise,

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Delivering on the Promise of Remote Patient Monitoring

Chilmark Research Announces its latest Insight Report – Connected Health: Opportunities and Challenges in Remote Patient Monitoring.

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Annual Review: 2015 Predictions

What good are predictions and the prognosticators who make them if they never go back and assess those predictions later? A big fat goose egg, or worse, if you set some aspects of your strategic plan in alignment with those

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#WWBR Week of December 7, 2015

Attributes Common to Programs That Successfully Treat High-Need, High-Cost Individuals Gerard F. Anderson, et al. in AJMC “Interesting research meta-analysis on what is working to treat high-cost patients. Many of the findings are no-brainers, but some our eye openers, e.g.,

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Getting Closer to Virtual Care

Connected Health models have undoubtedly grown in popularity over the last year. New research examines some of the growing pains that HCOs, vendors, and other stakeholders are facing as this nascent market begins to mature.

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Current & Future Trends for the Digital Care Plan: New Report Hits the Streets

Proper care coordination depends on a longitudinal care plan that all members of a care team can view, contribute to, update, and distribute. Such a plan must also be patient-centric, holistic, interdisciplinary, and dynamic. Naturally, it will be digital and

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Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve, One Consumer at a Time

‘Tis the season – for thinking about health insurance. Nov. 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment on the state and federal insurance exchanges; employers everywhere will soon kick off the enrollment process for employees and their dependents. Even if

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WWBR Week of November 6, 2015

I thought people should shop more for health care. Then I actually tried it. Sarah Kliff in Vox “Shopping for elective procedures is a key tenet of value-based healthcare. Give consumers the ability to see what a service costs at

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Top Three Factors Driving Growth in Cloud Analytics for Healthcare

So here is a scary thought for all those who fear the move to cloud services due to cybersecurity and privacy breach concerns - Data as a Service (DaaS) is coming to your community, to your healthcare system soon. Heaven forbid

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Data Governance: The Foundation of an Analytics Value Chain

With the coming release of our pending Health Data Analytics Value Chain report, we wanted to start a discussion around one of the core elements of the value chain that we present: Data Governance. Data governance is the foundational piece

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The Parallel Paths of Healthcare Innovation

How you define healthcare innovation depends on the setting. Sometimes it’s a handheld device that lets a physician examine your throat during a video visit, an online eye test, or a patient and caregiver engagement platform that looks a lot

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Consumerizing Healthcare: Talk is Cheap, Work is Hard

Lots of talk these days about the consumerization of healthcare. But what happens when the rubber hits the road?

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Health 2.0 Grows Up

Nine conferences later and finally, the Health 2.0 event is showing signs of maturity. Sure, there remains plenty of cheerleading for all those fabulous little start-ups that claim they will be the ones disrupting healthcare. And the Health 2.0 event is

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Forget the Billboards

Earlier this week I traveled to Hershey PA to give a keynote presentation to the BCBS CIO Summit. Landing in Philadelphia, I rented a car and headed out on PA turnpike to Hershey, about a 2hr drive. Along that drive,

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#WWBR Week of September 14, 2015

Is patient-centered care part of the problem? Reba Peoples in KevinMD “This post could have been yet another physician rant focused on why patient-centered care is a bad idea, complete with an anecdote about a patient with a history of

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Health Analytics Summit Full of Surprises

Last week, the analytics vendor, Health Catalyst (HC) invited me to the Health Analytics Summit (HAS), which to put it simply, was full of surprises and a few validations. With over 900 attendees, not counting Health Catalyst employees, this was a

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Watson Gets Data, But Does IBM Get Health?

IBM’s made a big bet with Watson Health, but will the technology live up to the marketing? They are off to a great start – though their work is certainly cut out for them.

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Bringing Enthusiasm to the Consumer Health Tech Revolution

You can’t travel too far on the Internet without tripping over an article, report, survey, or commentary lamenting the state of engagement in the healthcare industry. A lot of this talk focuses on the poor quality of technology that healthcare

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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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