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Project to Develop EHR Toolkit to Stem Readmissions

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About 95 percent of U.S. hospitals use electronic health records (EHR) for population health management, but the technology has yet to realize its full potential. A team from the Dartmouth Institute is working to change that. Led by Dartmouth...

VA, DOD, NCI Partner for Precision Medicine Tumor Screening

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A new precision medicine partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will create the nation's first system that routinely screens tumors for gene and...

Despite Possibilities of Precision Medicine, Challenges Remain

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Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that takes into account each person's genes, environment, and lifestyle. The ideas behind precision medicine are not new, but the development of big data analytics,...

As ICD-10 Grace Period Ends, EHR Data Quality Reclaims Attention

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Just when it seemed like the healthcare industry had successfully laid its phobia of ICD-10 to rest, another October is bringing yet another challenge to health information managers and EHR-using clinicians. The yearlong ICD-10 grade period,...

1304 Health Centers Share $100M in Quality Improvement Funds

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More than 1300 health centers across the country will be splitting $100 million in HHS grant funding to drive quality improvements, health IT adoption, and other patient-centered practice transformation efforts.  The grants, announced last...

Regional Variation Points Out Value of Antibiotic Stewardship

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Health plans are not exhibiting uniformly high rates of performance on clinical quality measures related to antibiotic use, according to a new study from the American Journal of Managed Care, indicating an increased need for standardized antibiotic...

Is Gene Therapy a False Trail for Precision Medicine Research?

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Gene therapy researchers aiming to create precision medicine treatments may be heading in the wrong direction, according to an editorial published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and should not be the only areas...

What is the New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program?

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The traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model is slowly being phased out in favor of value-based care, and a new advanced primary care model, called the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, will launch in 2017 to provide even...

Most Patients Eager to Join Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort

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The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort may have a brighter-than-anticipated future ahead of it, according to a new survey of potential participants conducted by the National Institutes of Health.  Nearly 80 percent of the 2601 patients...

Healthcare Big Data Silos Prevent Delivery of Coordinated Care

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Complaints about silos in healthcare are nothing new. For a patient to fill a single prescription, there are several disconnected groups that need to work together to move the process forward. The specialist and the primary doctor have to connect...

Precision Medicine Study Highlights Role of Machine Learning

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When it comes to the future of diagnosing and treating cancer, computers – not humans – could hold the key to delivering the best quality precision medicine. A new study out of the Stanford University School of Medicine has found...

EHRs Can’t Keep Up with Healthcare Analytics Abilities, Needs

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The electronic health record simply isn’t evolving quickly enough to keep up with rapid innovations in healthcare big data analytics and the increasingly complex needs of end-users, says an editorial published in the Journal of the American...

Imaging Analytics: The First Step to Personalized Medicine

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Across the healthcare industry, there is a rising demand for personalized medicine, including the desire to have better access, visibility and insight into patient records. Everyone in the ecosystem – patients, doctors, hospitals, insurers...

Population Health Management, Big Data Markets Set to Grow

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The need for big data in healthcare IT appears to be driving significant growth in population health management solutions and global healthcare analytics markets, according to two recent studies. According to a Transparency Market Research study,...

How Big Data Analytics Can Improve Patient Utilization Rates

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Clinical analytics, quality reporting, and population health may receive most of the attention when it comes to health IT improvements, but there are a surprising number of other innovative uses for big data within a healthcare organization –...

Precision Medicine, Data Exchange, CDS on New ONC Leader’s Agenda

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Late last week, Dr. Vindell Washington stepped into the top spot of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) after Karen DeSalvo announced that she would be relinquishing the position to focus on other duties at HHS.  Washington, an...

Antibiotic Stewardship, Patient Safety Plans Get Industry Support

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A proposed CMS rule to require antibiotic stewardship programs and improved patient safety techniques in hospitals is receiving widespread industry support.  The Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as 6500 private citizens and 22 public health...

Psychosocial Data, Big Data Analytics Can Improve Patient Care

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The fact that health outcomes tend to be worse for patients in poverty or who have lower levels of education should come as no surprise to many clinicians. But most hospitals have only worked around the margins to incorporate concerns about income,...

UCSF Receives $85M NIH Grant for Precision Medicine Research

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The University of California San Francisco’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has received an $85 million funding commitment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance research into precision medicine and...

CMS Revamps Team-Based Home Care Program for Elderly Patients

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As the nation’s patient population continues to trend older and care coordination becomes increasingly important for participation in value-based care programs, CMS is taking some time to tweak one of its team-based home care initiatives....

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