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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

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.

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

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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ONC Catalyzing a National Interoperability Plan

ONC’s first draft of a nationwide interoperability roadmap is ambitiously vast in scope, but ultimately constrained by the past. Its purpose is to initiate a discussion within healthcare about the ways and means to achieve interoperability in 10 years notwithstanding that

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Kryptiq Goes Private

This afternoon, Surescripts announced that its subsidiary, Kryptiq, will be taken private via a management buy-out led by Kryptiq founder and CEO, Luis Machuca. Surescripts will maintain a minority stake in Kryptiq going forward and the two companies will continue

#WWBR Week of January 26, 2015

Setting Value-Based Payment Goals — HHS Efforts to Improve U.S. Health Care Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell for NEJM “Straight from the NEJM, Sec. Burwell’s outline of what CMS announced this week regarding accelerated move to VBR. Long on vision, short

A Sneak Peek at Austria’s ELGA

Today I had the pleasure of having lunch with an informatics professor from the University of Wien and got an inside look into health IT in Austria. The highlight of our conversation was a discussion regarding ELGA – Austria’s national health

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#WWBR Week of January 19, 2015

Start-Ups Are Helping Consumers Make Better Health Care Purchases Sachin Jain for Harvard Business Review “Sachin Jain’s analysis of the trend of consumer-directed health is spot on. While giving more control to consumers is an undeniably important issue, the specifics

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#WWBR Week of January 12, 2015

Trinity Health to expand risk-based care with Heritage Provider Network Bob Herman for Modern Healthcare “Intriguing partnership between two healthcare providers to provide bundled healthcare services to payers and employers. We will see far more partnerships such as this in

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The Digital Pharmacy: Walgreens’ Emerging Strategy

Walgreens is entering the digital age with a spate of new partnerships that aim to create a virtual experience for a new, rising class of healthcare consumer.

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Orion Health Aspires to PaaS

The interoperability problems that plague healthcare are compounded by the paucity of developer options for modern software development. Software as a Service (SaaS) models are increasingly commonplace for EHRs, population health and other finished applications. Platform as a Service (PaaS)

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#WWBR Week of January 5th, 2015

First off, Happy New Year to all of our dedicated readers and followers. Quite a few of you joined our ranks in 2014, and we are most appreciative for every new follower that joins our family. We hope each and

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Free Bight: Inside Health Catalyst’s Partnership with Allina Health

Today, Health Catalyst and Minnesota-based Allina Health announced a deep, ten-year partnership to further respective goals in healthcare analytics. Health Catalyst will gain rights to Allina-developed intellectual property (IP) and add to its ranks roughly eighty Allina employees. Allina will

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Kaffee Kultur in Vienna

Having moved to Vienna in late August, I now have had sufficient time to get to know a little bit more about this central European city and its culture. While I could write about any number of things, from the

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Looking into Our Crystal Ball for 2015

Over the last few weeks, the Chilmark Research team has combed through their research, read countless reports and thrown their i Ching sticks to determine what is in store for 2015 and in some case a little beyond that horizon. As

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.750 Prediction Batting Average for 2014

Hard to believe the year is coming so quickly to a close. A year that saw ONC pretty much implode, an ACA that is garnering fans faster than detractors, an explosion in all things wearable but little clue as to

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#WWBR Week of December 15, 2014

U.S. Corporate Health Exchanges Find No New Blue Chip Clients Caroline Humer for Reuters “While blue chip companies may be taking a wait and see attitude towards HIX for their employees, the broader and much larger mid-market will move more

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2014 Year in Review: Clinician Network Management

Being seasoned veterans of the HIE/CNM market, 2014 was not so much a year of surprises, but one in which HCOs finally coming to grips with reality. There was a tremendous level of exploration of the technical, organizational and incentives-based

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#WWBR Week of December 8, 2014

Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness Robert Glatter, MD for Forbes “Expansive article that meanders at times but bottom line thesis is a good one. New technologies that enable chronically ill patients to

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2014 Year in Review: Analytics

2014 saw the analytics industry remain in flux and marked by a large degree of ambiguity & complexity.  Four main themes stood out in 2014 that we will discuss in more detail below: Every vendor thinks of itself as a

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2014/15 CNM Market Trends Report Hits the Streets

Pushing the industry forward, today we release our newest report, 2014-15 Clinician Network Management Market Trends Report. The report picks up where our previous report on Clinician Network Management (CNM) left off, providing a framework for healthcare organizations to define their

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2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement

2014 was a whirlwind of a year for consumer health technology. Here we visit some of the developments of the past 12 months, point out some of the trends that emerged, and highlight what we’re expecting as we round the corner into 2015.

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#WWBR Week of December 1, 2014

Employee wellness programs, JASON strikes again, CMS’s ACO move, and more in this week’s #WWBR

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A Message of Thanks for 2014

Another year has blown by us and winter is knocking at our door as we (at least in the US) prepare to give Thanks. Now, before each of you embarks on the annual adventure to gastronomical gorging with family, friends, and

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#WWBR Week of November 17, 2014

This week in #WWBR: .@Fitbit marketing, need for better mgmt in ONC, How to ACO, .@Samsung’s ambitions, and more.

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Connected Health Moving From Hype to Reality

The promise of connected health was shared with us long ago, and has fallen short time and again for various reason – reimbursement, competing priorities, and so on. As 2014 comes to a close however the market is finally showing signs of adoption.

#WWBR Week of November 10, 2014

This week: patient engagement, Partners faces resistance, handoffs getting structured, and more.

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Early Impressions of Europe

In late August, Vienna became my home for the upcoming year. From this base, in the heart of central Europe, I will immerse myself into the Euro-culture (and the amazing Kaffee Kulture of Vienna – I may never step into

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Alere Unravels: What Went Wrong, What it Means

This week we published a new Domain Monitor digging into the recent Optum acquisition of Alere’s health management business, which mostly pertains to their remote monitoring devices and related technology services. This announcement follows a series of events at Alere

#WWBR Week of November 3, 2014

All the news from the week that we think is fit to print!

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JASON Task Force – Part Deux

In a post two weeks ago, we were critical of some aspects of the JASON Task Force’s (JTF) Final Report on healthcare interoperability. Two members of the JTF reached out to us in order to clarify the intent of the

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Taking a Shot at my Health Plan

I got a flu shot yesterday. I was at a CVS, saw a sign, whipped out my insurance and credit cards, and got in line. Turns out that my insurer wasn’t reimbursing it – I rolled my eyes, paid the

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