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Can APIs Really Improve HIT?

I will be hosting a webinar on December 14th to coincide with the release of my latest, free report on this topic. This webinar is free and open to the public. Please join us by registering here. A critical element of business

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The Nexus of Interoperability and Consumer Experience

The annual Cerner Health Conference (CHC16) held last week in Kansas City provided an excellent opportunity to gauge current population health strategies, challenges, and implementation status of both Cerner and their clients. The conference was unexpectedly touching, as well. Key Takeaways

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What You Can Control and What You Cannot

I prepared last Thursday’s webinar with no idea how the election would turn out. As it happens, few – if any – in the pundit class knew either. And while there are many changes likely coming to healthcare as a result

Amid Uncertainty, Healthcare Marches On

Earlier this week I attended ATLAS, the Annual Thought Leadership on Access Symposium organized by Kyruus. The event brought together healthcare policy experts as well as healthcare organization (HCO) leaders who are driving efforts to improve patient access to care.

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Changing of the Guard: Implications to Health IT Market

After a brutal election cycle, we are now on the other-side. The Republicans have taken control of the Hill and the White House. The many healthcare programs rolled-out under the Obama administration will now be put under the microscope. While

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Health Innovation Media Interview: John Moore at Health 2.0 2016

At the recent Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, Douglas Goldstein, eFuturist, caught up with our founder and Managing Partner to debrief on the event and some of the major trends currently affecting the healthcare industry and health IT adoption.

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True Continuous Costing for Healthcare – Webinar

Despite changes to how we pay for care, the real costs of providing care continue to go up. One way or another, everybody pays for these increases in the form of higher taxes, fewer jobs, lower net wages, increased debt,

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Elephants, Egrets, and Healthcare Partnerships

Having attended my fair share of healthcare IT conferences through the years, I’ve learned to separate the signal from the noise much like scientists searching for signs of intelligent alien life. In doing so, I have learned that healthcare is innovating

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Value Based Health: No Success without Value-Based Technology Strategies

A September 16 2016 Bloomberg report once again provides the bad news for the US healthcare system, ranking it among the least efficient healthcare systems -50 of 55 countries surveyed in 2014. Despite the plethora of new regulations, payment models, technology mandates

Opportunity, Change, Ever Forward

PTO is a glorious thing, to have time to breathe, to step back, to actually think and reflect. It was in that “PTO Opportunity Moment” that I made a decision to make a major career change. The lion’s share of

A Shift From Disruption to Change

One of the most striking characteristics of the Health 2.0 conference has always been its focus on disruption. (For this we owe Clayton Christensen a debt of gratitude.) In rapid succession, startups take the stage to present their vision for

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Health 2.0: Ten Years On

For my young daughter, 10 yrs is nearly a lifetime – but for myself, nary the blink of an eye. So it felt this week while attending the 10th annual Health 2.0 conference, one part so much time has past,

Free Webinar Next Week: Beyond the Portal with Brian Eastwood

Join lead Engagement analyst Brian Eastwood October 4th at 1 PM (ET) for a webinar where he will present some of the key findings from our recent Insight Report, “Beyond the Portal: Technology for Improved Consumer Engagement.” Brian will share

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Beyond the Patient Portal: New Report on Improving Consumer Engagement Released

Join author Brian Eastwood October 4th, 2016 at 1pm ET for a free webinar highlighting some of the key findings of this report. He will also be fielding questions from the audience. Register today! For years – before the Affordable

True Continuous Costing in Europe

We frequently hear that healthcare in the United States costs nearly twice as much as in Europe. One of the reasons healthcare in Europe costs so much less, at least in Northern Europe, is that True Continuous Costing, as we

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Analytics – An Integral Part of Care Management Success

Last week, I attended the 3rd Health Analytics Summit (HAS). This was my first time attending an event that now attracts over 1,000 attendees. Providers were well represented at the event with nearly 80 percent of the attendees coming from

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Use the Freaking Data You Already Have

One of the things I have been worried about, and one of the things that could seriously impede the adoption of technology and business practices that could significantly lower the price we all pay for healthcare, is the possibility that

Stop Treating Patients Like You-Know-What

Earlier this month, I returned from a weekend of hiking in the White Mountains, just beyond the boundaries of cell reception and Wi-Fi availability, to learn that Jess Jacobs passed away. She was only 29. Jess suffered from two rare

Evolent Health’s Acquistion of Valence Health and Its Broader Implications

In the continuation of a trend this summer, population health management vendor Evolent Health acquired the majority of one of its competitors Valence Health, for $145 million. Valence Health has a broad suite of services including, value-based administration, population health

Marrying Consumer and Clinical Telehealth Will Take Work

Last year, after attending two very different conferences in a two-week span, I wrote about healthcare’s parallel paths of innovation. Silicon Valley follows one line, and brick-and-mortar healthcare organizations (HCOs) follows the other. The former gets a lot more attention,

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Making Healthcare Affordable: New Report on True Continuous Costing

Healthcare spending in the US continues to grow despite the many recent efforts to curb that growth. It is was over $9,500 per person per year in 2014, up from $8,500 in 2011, and is expected to expand into the

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Cerner Part Deux: Much Progress, Many Miles Ahead

Editor’s note: This is the second of two posts on the recent Cerner PHM Summit. Why two? Well, first-off we sent two analysts with very different views on the market. This led to the first post addressing the increasing convergence

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Cerner Impressions – Value Based Solutions: Payer/Provider Markets Getting Ever Blurrier

We all know that two of the principle new competencies for providers in the value based market is: 1. population health management and, 2. consumer engagement. Long the purview of the health plan market business and technology sector, one of

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Finally, Some Concrete Use Cases for Telehealth

A recent report has gone great lengths to explain how and to what extent telehealth can improve outcomes, and it is well worth a read if your healthcare organization (HCO) plans to explore investments in telehealth services now or in

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AHIP – The Usual Stories, Amidst Some Refreshing Perspectives

AHIP 2016 is Las Vegas included the usual standard AHIP story lines. Better industry collaboration requires better partnerships, the promise of consumer engagement, the importance of harnessing data to better inform decision making and outcomes. Telemedicine was touted as a

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Evolution To Total Active Risk Report Hits the Streets

Risk stratification is one of the fundamental competencies needed for risk-based contracting. Failure to master the ability to anticipate which patients will be at high risk for expensive utilization patterns in the coming years can mean financial doom for providers under

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Where’s the Money! EHR Market Goes Soft, PHM Yet to Fill Gap

The federal largesse of the HITECH Act is basically over. At ONC’s annual meeting last week, they trumpeted the latest adoption figures, which basically point to a saturated acute care market. The ambulatory market while less penetrated, has not shown

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5 Key Learnings from PHM Webinar

Last week, I had the privilege to moderate a webinar that took a close look at enabling a population health management (PHM) strategy. Advocate Health Care, based in Chicago, gave an excellent overview of what they have done to enable

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IBM Watson Health: Steady Progress

Couple of weeks back IBM held an all day analyst event here in Massachusetts to provide an update on applications and use cases for Watson. The afternoon focused more specifically on providing an update of Watson Health, which is still

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A Different Approach to Health App Curation

In a recent fit of insomnia, I downloaded a free Electronic Arts version of Scrabble onto my Android phone. I made my decision based on four things: The name of the app, the name of the developer, its star rating

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Rise of the Conveners

No this isn’t a post about the latest Michael Bay sequel in the Transformers’ movie franchise. Instead, I wanted to focus on the acquisition last month of Curaspan, a leading vendor in discharge planning, by naviHealth. This is the second

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CMS Drops MACRA Rules – 5 Things to Know About MIPS

Big news this week when on Wednesday CMS dropped the draft rules for MACRA, all 962 pages worth. These rules are the outcome of legislation that passed a couple of years back to replace the flawed SGR reimbursement model for physicians

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Provider-Led Care Management: Trends and Opportunities in a Growing Market

Join us this today at 1 pm ET/10 am PT for a special, free webinar sponsored by HIStalk. Matt Guldin, lead analyst on our recent Care Management Market Trends report, will be presenting some of the key findings of this

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Sidestepping the Silos for Advanced Directives

All patients are urged to have a living will, a healthcare proxy, and advanced directives. The latter come in various flavors and spell out the treatment the patient wishes should they become unable to direct their caregivers. The do-not-resuscitate (DNR)

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Design Healthcare for People at Their Worst

Much of the rhetoric surrounding healthcare innovation is happy. Smiling young people run along a river on a sunny day, then check their FitBits. Smiling parents hold iPads while they connect to a smiling pediatrician over video chat. Smiling nurses

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Needed: A Value Chain Model for Data Analytics

Coming out of HIMSS 2016 I was struck by the sheer number of Population Health Management offerings. There are a myriad of vendors offering a multitude of data analytics offerings for providers and payers navigating the new waters of value-based

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Kill the Patient Portal

I’ll probably catch a lot of heat for this post, but this has to be said. It is time to accept that the patient portal, as currently architected, is a complete dead-end. Our national efforts to promote patient portals through

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Reality Check on the Retail Health Spending Survey

By now you’ve probably seen the Health Affairs study (and requisite mainstream media coverage) stipulating that retail health clinics actually add to the nation’s healthcare spending by encouraging the use of medical services. The study is not without merit, but

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HIMSS16 Wrap: Analysts Answer 3 Key Questions

The pilgrimage to HIMSS has once again come to pass. While certainly not a spiritual pilgrimage – after all it did take place in Sin City – it is a trek into the depths of healthcare IT (HIT). No other

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Care Management – What to Look For at HIMSS16

With the completion and release of the Care Management Market Trends Report last week, I arrived out in sunny and warm Las Vegas for the HIMSS16 Conference. I just wanted to post a brief list of things I will be

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Market Trends Report on Care Management Solutions Now Available

Chilmark Research launched the Care Coordination domain (now Care Management) in an effort to bring clarity to a diverse and emerging market that had yet to be subject to formal, in-depth analysis. Dozens of vendors from all over the health

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Silicon Valley, Far From Defeated, Is Simply Stuck

Earlier this month, Zenefits joined Theranos and 23andMe on the list of Silicon Valley startups to run afoul of regulators. Some commentators refer to the situation at large as Silicon Valley’s Waterloo. The headline is certainly catchy – especially for

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Coaching and Clothing: An Industry Starts to Mature

This week we saw the acquisition of Runkeeper by Asics as the latest round of consolidation across the tracking app, wearable and athletic wear sectors. On the surface this may appear unrelated to the focus in the health IT space

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Fabulous February & Your Key to the PHM Report

Carrying on a tradition I started several years ago, on my birthday as it is today, it is Free February. So what exactly is Free February? It is an opportunity for you dear reader to gain free access to one

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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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