IDC Health Insights Evaluates U.S. Population Health Management in New IDC MarketScape

Framingham, MA – April 15, 2014 – IDC Health Insights announced today the availability of a new IDC MarketScape, “IDC Marketscape: U.S. Population Health Management,” (Document # HI247880), designed to help healthcare executives define the emerging and often confusing population health management market.  According to the new report, vendors report a very active 2013 in terms of new clients, which IDC Health Insights believes will continue for the next 18 to 24 months.  IDC Health Insights expects to see advances in analytics and patient engagement strategies, as the industry has realized the critical nature of data in accomplishing the goals of the Triple Aim.  Vendors evaluated in this report include: Covicint, eClinicalWorks, Explorys, Kryptiq, Lumeris, McKesson, Medecision, Optum, The Advisory Board Company, and Wellcentive.

"While this is an emerging market, the population health management market vendors are stable with most having been acquired by larger vendors who recognized this as a high growth market, offering critical tools and processes to enable population health management," said Cynthia Burghard, research director, Accountable Care IT Strategies.

Market dynamics have driven the emergence of the population health management market, defined differently depending on with whom you are speaking.  One of the drivers to create this IDC MarketScape is to establish a common definition and vendor inclusion criteria to provide clarity to healthcare executives before investing in technology.

Key findings include:

Population health management as defined  by IDC Health Insights includes functionality to identify populations at risk or predicted to be at future risk, the ability to create and monitor care plans and finally the ability to communicate with communities of patients as well as with individual patients.

While this is an emerging market, it is also a very active market with a number of vendors reporting sales at 10 to 15+ new clients in 2013.

Physician group practices represent the majority of clients in this market, with integrated delivery systems and payers representing a smaller share of the market.

Differentiators include the depth and breadth of analytic capability (patient risk identification and performance measurement), the degree of integration with Electronic Health Records and the sophistication of care plan development. The ability to have data driven but configurable care paths is an efficient way to being the care planning process.

While there are a few Leaders identified the market demands are so dynamic that we will likely see new entrants. With the exclusion of just two vendors, the rest of the vendors are owned by companies with multiple healthcare applications or horizontal technology suppliers. As a result consolidation of the market is likely to be slow.

This new report not only defines the market, but identifies and evaluates ten vendors that are actively supporting this market. While other vendors may support some of the population health management requirements, they do not provide the full functionality. According to IDC Health Insights, it is critical that buyers articulate their business goals before they select a vendor. Vendors in this IDC MarketScape have strength in different aspects of population health it is critical for buyers to align themselves with the vendors that will meet their requirements. 

Other guidance for buyers include:

Clearly articulate, quantify and document your organizations business goals and assess the organizations ability to take on population health

Remember that a vendors' strength is typically in its heritage. 

Keep in mind that the decision on a vendor is as much a business decision as an IT decision.

Population health management combines payer and provider domain expertise; make sure your vendor has both capabilities.

IDC MarketScape criteria selection, weightings, and vendor scores represent well-researched IDC judgment about the market and specific vendors. IDC analysts tailor the range of standard characteristics by which vendors are measured through structured discussions, surveys, and interviews with market leaders, participants and end users. Market weightings are based on user interviews, buyer surveys and the input of a review board of IDC experts in each market. IDC analysts base individual vendor scores, and ultimately vendor positions within the IDC MarketScape, on detailed surveys and interviews with the vendors, publicly available information and end-user experiences in an effort to provide an accurate and consistent assessment of each vendor's characteristics, behavior and capability.

For additional information about this report or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Cynthia Burghard, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact; reporters should email

About IDC MarketScapes

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About IDC Health Insights

IDC Health Insights assists health businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the payer, provider and life sciences industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please, email, or call 508-935-4445. Visit the IDC Health Insights Community at


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