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Branding, Cheerleading, and even some Progress

 “There’s no wrong way to spend your time at Health2.0.” – Health 2.0 Last week, hundreds gathered from around the world for the 8th annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. For better or for worse, the event continues

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#WWBR Week of September 22, 2014

In this week’s WWBR, lots on pricing transparency and payment reform in the health system, and some new thoughts on whether all this excitement is really warranted. On a slightly different note, Brian shares a very important IOM article addressing

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PHM: An Acronym in Search of Technology

“Do We have a PHM Solution for You.” That seems to be the most heard paraphrase from any number of health IT (HIT) vendors claiming to have what a healthcare organization (HCO) needs to address population health management (PHM). However,

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#WWBR Week of September 15, 2014

EHR Vendors Put Up Roadblocks to Direct Messaging Ken Terry for iHealthBeat “The issue of EHR vendors being tough to work with are old hat. But this is a good read examining the specific issue of Direct secure messaging between

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What Lies Ahead for Meaningful Use?

After much speculation and mounting criticism of Meaningful Use (MU), two recent developments provided some clarity on the future direction of the program and indications of how rocky a road it will be for providers in stage 2.

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#WWBR Week of September 8, 2014

Two themes in this week’s #WWBR: primary research and MU. We have a few good studies published in peer-reviewed journals looking at changes in healthcare delivery models and how to improve outcomes with real evidence-based practices (mostly involving more engagement

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3 Quick Thoughts on Apple Watch

As expected, Apple announced the latest addition to their product lineup, the AppleWatch. We will leave the hardcore dissection to others, but in watching the event (or trying to watch what was an absolutely awful livestream, complete with annoying Chinese

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#WWBR Week of September 2, 2014

We hope everyone had a fantastic short weekend. Weather’s been hot in these parts, and we are certainly excited that the weekend is here so we can finally get to the beach to cool off. Below are just a few

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What We’ve Been Reading – Week of August 25, 2014

If there was one thing on our minds this week, it was the launch of our most recent report, the 2014 Analytics for Population Health: Market Trends and Analysis. After months of research and writing, we are pleased to present

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Read All About It: Analytics for Pop Health Hits the Streets

I am happy to announce that the long labors of our Analytics analyst, Cora Sharma, have come to fruition with the release today of our newest report: Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report. This report takes a significantly …

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A New Adventure or ein neues Abenteuer

Reporting live from Vienna… That will be my life for roughly the next 10-11 months. Last year my wife received noticed that she was due for her sabbatical. One night while we were wondering what we might do in the

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What We’ve Been Reading – Week of August 18

This week we are introducing a new recurring segment on our blog – instead of solely supplying our dear readers with new content from our analysts, we thought it would be valuable to provide some insight into what we find

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Time to SMAC the Healthcare Consumer

SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud – is a popular framework for optimizing business performance through IT. The basic idea is that these four elements all play key roles in generating value from data through capture, storage, and application. Social

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Big Fish Swallows Another – Will it Choke?

Rumors that have been floating around for months that Siemens planned to exit the health IT (HIT) market have come true. Earlier today, Cerner announced that it will acquire Siemens HIT business for a whopping $1.3B with expected close in

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Population Health Management in Real-Time

Real-time population health usecases are everywhere in healthcare. Imagine a patient recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). As soon as his physician saves the new diagnosis within the EHR, the patient is automatically enrolled in a program and sent

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Supreme Court Waves Off Software Industry: Bad for HIT

Healthcare depends on new and innovative ideas — often constructed with software. EHRs, HIEs, CPOE, clinical content, medical devices, and numerous medical products are completely or mostly built with software. National governments have helped stimulate innovation over the centuries through

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A Digital Dose of Magic Medicine

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. One out of four adults has two or more chronic diseases. One in three children is overweight or obese. Projections are that by 2050, one third of Americans will have

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Can Apple Keep the Doctor Away?

“His treatment was fragmented rather than integrated. Each of his myriad maladies was being treated by different specialists – oncologists, pain specialists, nutritionists, hepatologists, and hematologists – but they were not being coordinated in a cohesive approach.” – Steve Jobs,

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Point Solutions vs. Data Hoarders: K.O. Match

As I wrap up my research into clinical analytics/population health for this year’s Market Trends report, I have been enjoying long and entertaining calls with the vendor community. Without fail, vendors enjoy lobbing insults at their competition (though I might

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Data, Data, Everywhere, Not Liquid Enough to Use

After a recent visit to my doctor, I received a notice that my health information was available to view in my online portal. So, inspired by ongoing exposure to public/private tag-team HIT evangelism, I decided to don my patient cap

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Incentives, Regulations and Consequences

Good intentions do not always result, in the long-term, in good policy. Such may be the case with the HITECH Act that was passed as part of the huge stimulus bill ARRA in 2009. This bill launched the massive adoption

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Why ACA Just Doesn’t Add Up for the ‘Young Invincibles’

Over the past several months, we have been hearing over and over again how important the ‘young invincible’ demographic is for the viability of the ACA. Those young invincibles lower overall medical loss ratios (MLRs) for the population being served.

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Expanding the Clinical Network for Value-based Care

The provider world is dominated by organizations that believe in a slowly evolving status quo that will somehow carry them across the threshold of accountable care to a fully formed world in which VBR-compliant ways of delivering healthcare solve their

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HIE is a Misnomer

For years now we have been talking about HIE as if health information exchange (the verb) is happening across health information exchanges (the noun). This is wrong for the simple reason that true, full health information exchange is not occurring.

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Financial Analytics Bleeding into Population Health Management

It appears that “population health management” (PHM) just has a better ring to it than “accountable care” or “HMO 2.0”. Increasingly, PHM is becoming an umbrella term for all of the operational and analytical HIT tools needed for the transition

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Free Research: Migration to Clinician Network Mgmt

Last summer we published another edition of our popular Health Information Exchange (HIE) Market Trends Report. Over the years, this report has for many, become the “authoritative source of information on the HIE Market.” That’s not me talking, that is

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#PGHD: Buzzword to Business

This week, I read an article from February that provided an overview of the health IT infrastructure required for population health management (PHM). It had thorough examples and some nice graphical depictions of delivery systems and budding ACOs taking on

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Claims Data is NOT a Trojan Horse

Probably the most notable development apparent at HIMSS14 was how much HIE and interoperability vendors are now talking about including claims data in their solution sets. Last year at this time, most of these vendors questioned the clinical value and

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HIMSS14: Patiently Waiting for Progress

A grade-school English teacher of mine would write a little guide on the chalkboard at the beginning of our expository writing lessons: Say what you’re going to say; Say It; Say what you said Coming off another HIMSS, that lesson

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Analytics, Pop Health & Painful Feet at HIMSS14

HIMSS14….  brought me to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. As in HIMSS past, I found myself surrounded by people genuinely committed to fixing our defunct healthcare system — and the population health management group-chant was louder

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HIMSS14: As Vast and Chaotic as Ever

Three big takeaways from HIMSS14 were: It was great to meet so many new people. Found lots of fodder for future work. I was expecting more push back on my EHR 2.0 trends. The best thing about an event like

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HIMSS-pressions

What an epic (or is it Epic, or for that matter EPIC) ride where one seemingly goes in and out of noise tunnels on the exhibit floor all in the hopes of finding some meaningful signal as to what is

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HIMSS or Bust

Next week is that proverbial event we all, in the HIT industry, look forward to with some trepidation - HIMSS’14. For an analyst firm such as ours HIMSS provides us a great opportunity to talk with end users, vendors of all

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The Glass is Half-Full…of S.H.I.T.*

(*Super Health Information Technology) I’ve had the good fortune of working with John and the Chilmark Research team in some capacity since 2011. As expected, I’ve learned a lot about the field, the technology, the policy, and so on and

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Barefoot at HIMSS? Just Trying to Follow Dr. Google’s Orders

If you see me in flip flop sandals, Vibram Five Fingers (VFF), or a barefoot-style shoe at HIMSS14 — please withhold fashion judgment. Since Jan 1, 2014, I have been performing a little “care management” on myself — as ordered

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Free February 2014

Readers that have been with us for a few years may recall that February is a very special month for our family. It is our Founder and Managing Director, John Moore Jr’s birthday on the 11th, my birthday on the 15th,

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Is the EHR Transformational?

Under HITECH, physicians and hospitals have adopted EHR technology in droves but are now coming to grips with the fact that their brand new EHR is not well-suited for the new world of value-based reimbursement (VBR). For years, healthcare providers

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Three Big Questions for Stage 3 & Patient Engagement

For many, the delay of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program evoked a collective sigh of relief, providing a much-needed extra year to focus on the challenging requirements for patient engagement and interoperability. As distant as 2017 may seem

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Payers Refocus Efforts on ROI for Member Engagement

What a difference a year has made to the payer market. In late 2012 Chilmark Research published the first version of our Payer Benchmark report — detailing how leading payers were beginning to adopt emerging consumer technologies. We found a market

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What’s in Store for 2014?

That time of year once again where we collectively look into our crystal ball, or throw the sticks or maybe even look at the coffee grinds dripping down the sides on our coffee cup to see what may be in

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Looking Ahead to Data Visualization & Blazingly Fast Database Technology

Last week I attended the annual Data Warehousing (TDWI) event in Orlando. This is a fantastic, intimate setting of the top experts, and plenty of novices, in data warehousing and analytics. The event is totally focused on education, with only

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mHealth13: Lots Going On, But Few New Developments

Another year, another mHealth Summit. HIMSS’ younger sibling has slowly grown over the last five years, a period that has seen a Precambrian explosion of companies and advances in mobile tech. However, despite some early hints of maturity, the mHealth

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The Two Faces of Population Health Management

As we head into the New Year, we at Chilmark Research have been thinking a lot about how we will approach Population Health Management (PHM) in 2014, and beyond. PHM is actually a pretty unfortunate term for the data-driven business

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Time to Move Beyond HIE

Our ongoing coverage of the HIE industry leads us to the question of what clinicians do after getting connected to an HIE? To this end, we are conducting a 10-minute web survey on clinician’s experiences using HIEs for care coordination.

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23andMe vs the FDA: How did it come to this?

As most of our readers are likely aware, the FDA this week issued a scathing letter effectively prohibiting the 5 year-old, 23andMe personal genomics testing company from doing business. Quite frankly, this is all pretty unnecessary, and reflects poor policy

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Whose Data is it Anyway?

A common and somewhat unique aspect to EHR vendor contracts is that the EHR vendor lays claim to the data entered into their system. Rob and I, who co-authored this post have worked in many industries as analysts. Nowhere, in

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Is There Value in Twitter?

Certainly Wall St. sees value in Twitter with its share price sky-rocketing on first day of trading, but is there truly value in Twitter for us out there wandering the Internet ether? Simply put: Yes With the caveat, that you

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Has Avado Acquisition Awakened the WebMD Giant

WebMD, the once-darling of consumer health who seemingly lost its way following pharma dollars, may at last be coming back to its roots. Last week, WebMD made headlines by announcing it had purchased the young patient engagement start-up, Avado, for

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Wellness Market: Too Many Chasing Too Little

Having taken a hiatus from last year’s Health 2.0 event, was looking forward to this year’s event to see what may be new and upcoming among those looking to disrupt the status quo. Unfortunately, surprisingly little. Health 2.0 a couple

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Crashes, Bugs, and Major Usability Issues at Covered California

I have spent the past few days struggling to apply for insurance on California’s HIX, CoveredCA. Early on in the application process I tried to withhold judgment, but have since learned that coveredca.com has a price tag of $360M, awarded

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