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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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How to Work with an Analyst Firm

An analyst firm’s purpose is, through its research, to provide guidance on technology adoption. Providing that guidance requires absolute integrity and objectivity, for without such, a firm quickly devolves into just being a shill for the vendor community. Having been in

#WWBR Week of October 20, 2014

Ebola in the United States: EHRs as a Public Health Tool at the Point of Care Ken Mandl for JAMA “Ken Mandl’s layout of EHR shortcomings is written with public health in mind – but just as readily applies to

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JASON Task Force Says Status Quo is Better than Supersession

The JASON Report created quite a fuss in the HIT marketplace as some screamed foul and others were encouraged that maybe, just maybe the JASON report may force movement to more open systems. To clear the air, the JASON Task Force (JTF)

WWBR Week of October 13, 2014

Reference Pricing: A Small Piece of the Health Care Price and Quality Puzzle Chapin White and Megan Eguchi for The National Institute for Healthcare Reform “Researchers who examined applying reference pricing to ~530k workers in 19 metropolitan markets in the

WWBR Week of October 6, 2014

Dallas hospital blames ‘flaw’ in ‘workflow’ for release of Ebola patient as a more complete picture of his travels emerges Lindsey Bever for The Washington Post “The Ebola patient in the Dallas hospital seems to have been missed because workflow

#WWBR Week of September 29, 2014

Doctors Find Barriers to Sharing Digital Medical Records Julie Creswell for The New York Times “A non-technical overview at the issue of Interoperability, with a focus on everyone’s favorite bad-guy vendor, Epic Systems. Nothing we don’t already know, but some

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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

#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,

#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.

#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

#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 …

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

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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