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    • PCORI moves ahead with EHR, clinical analytics databank

      After announcing a nearly $100 million investment in connecting a series of research networks into a single, massive databank late last year, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is moving ahead with its efforts to create the larges...

    • Mayo Clinic launches “Better” apps for remote care

      Telehealth has just gotten a whole lot “Better” with a new mobile app service launched by the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  The remote care suite will allow customers to access a symptom checker and medical knowledge bank for ...

    • Data analytics, care coordination vendors raise big bucks in Q1

      Companies offering data analytics, care coordination, and practice management solutions raised more than $850 million dollars in the first quarter of 2014 from venture capital firms interested in funding the next big advancement in health IT.  A repor...

    • Study: Community interventions reduce hospital readmissions

      Patients who received a tailored care plan and follow-up from a community health worker were more likely to access primary care services and stay out of the hospital, according to a new study published in JAMA this week.  Among patients of lower socio...

    • Chicago area gets $7M to develop patient outcome database

      Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are working with the Institute for Public Health and Medicine to turn a $7 million grant into a collaborative patient-centered outcomes database to reduce health disparities and further...

    • Pathologists to study reporting standards with CDC grants

      The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has received two grants totaling more than $1.25 million to fund studies focused on adopting evidence-based laboratory testing guidelines and standardizing the reporting of biomarker test results to cancer reg...

    • CMS: 1% of docs account for 14% of Medicare billings

      When it comes to healthcare spending, much of the focus has been on chronically ill patients.  The commonly cited statistic that 20% of patients account for 80% of costs may be concerning, but equally noteworthy is the small number of physicians consu...

    • WUSTL granted $8M for genetic, patient data analytics

      Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine has been granted $8 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund a large-scale research project examining genetic and lifestyle data from a varied patient population.  The res...

    • Study: Automated readmissions review not yet sensitive enough

      The use of computer algorithms and data analytics to identify preventable hospital readmissions still has a long way to go before it’s accurate and sensitive enough to replace manual review, says a new BMC study by Kaiser Permanente researchers.  Po...

    • High physician workload impacts length of stay, cost of care

      It takes a lot of stamina and determination to tackle the long hours, fast-paced decision making, and responsibility of being a physician in a hospital setting, but new research published in JAMA this month shows that heaping untenable demands on physi...

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