IDC Health Insights Welcomes Industry Pioneer Cynthia Burghard as Research Director

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- IDC Health Insights today announced the appointment of industry pioneer, Cynthia Burghard, to Research Director, responsible for research on Accountable Care Organizations. As a long-time industry analyst, Cynthia has produced qualitative and quantitative research that explores the involvement of consumers in healthcare decisions, best practices models for technology in care management and business intelligence, software vendor evaluation, and future scenarios regarding the implications of technology in the healthcare industry.

In her new role, Cynthia's research will cover the technologies required to meet the objectives of accountable care. In the next nine months Cynthia will be publishing research on the analytic requirements of accountable care. Of particular interest is how Accountable Care Organizations will perform risk identification and performance measurement. A recently published report, Business Strategy: ACO Analytics Key to Success (Document # HI232469), analyzes the key requirements to establish an analytic strategy. To view more of Cynthia's recent research, please visit:

Previously, Cynthia served as Senior Vice President for ikaSystems, a premier provider of enterprise-level cloud computing technologies for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plans. As a Research Director at Gartner, Cynthia was responsible for directing research for the healthcare payer market for business intelligence applications and care management. In this role, she delivered the results of her research to all levels of management and healthcare sectors through the publication of over 100 research reports, articles and interviews, thought leadership papers and web seminars, presentations at national, regional and local venues, corporate marketing and sales training, and through strategic consulting engagements.

"We are thrilled to welcome Cynthia to our team. Her unmatched expertise in the use of healthcare information at both the local and national level will enhance our current offering and extend the breadth and depth of our coverage of the emerging accountable care market," said Scott Lundstrom, group vice president, IDC Health Insights. "With more than 25 years of experience, our clients will greatly benefit from her well-rounded perspective of the current healthcare IT landscape."

For additional information about IDC Health Insights, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Cynthia Burghard, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or [email protected]. Attendees to IDC's Directions 2012 premier event in Boston on March 13 may arrange to meet with Cynthia in a one-to-one briefing. Cynthia's reports are available for review to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact [email protected]; reporters should email [email protected].

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 visit, email [email protected], or call 508-935-4445. Visit the IDC Health Insights Community at


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