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Clinical Decision Support May Boost ID of Chronic Kidney Disease

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EHR-based clinical decision support (CDS) tools, including risk assessments and patient registries, may be able to improve early detection of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine,...

EHR Vendors Increasingly Offering Population Health Tools

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The lines between the EHR and population health management marketplaces are becoming less distinct as health IT vendors start to deliver offerings that tackle both documentation and patient management, according to a new market report from IDC...

97% Say Big Data Analytics Crucial for Healthcare Benefit Choices

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Ninety-seven percent of human resources professionals believe that big data analytics are “essential” for making organizational decisions about healthcare benefits and wellness programs, according to a new poll from Geneia and the...

CMS: MACRA Will Improve Rural Care Access, Population Health

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The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) will play an instrumental role in continuing to improve access to care and population health for patients living in rural areas by encouraging providers to deliver data-driven, value-based services, CMS...

CMS Releases Health Payment Info to Aid Data Transparency

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing their data transparency efforts with the release of the Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File for 2014 and an updated Market Saturation and Utilization Tool with 2015...

EHR Optimization is Key for Quality Reporting, Population Health

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Even before the EHR Incentive Programs made quality reporting a top priority for the provider community, the healthcare industry has struggled greatly with the notion of quantifying excellence in care.  Confusing metrics, EHR optimization...

IBM Watson, Siemens Partner for Population Health Management

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IBM Watson and Siemens Healthineers have announced a five-year partnership to bring data-driven population health management capabilities to a global health IT landscape that is quickly embracing value-based care.  The alliance will integrate...

Smart Big Data is Key to Population Health, Value-Based Care

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Big data is everywhere in the healthcare industry, flooding in by the gigabyte each time a patient seeks care from a provider.   From intake to discharge and every step in between, a patient’s data determines what will happen,...

UMass to Study Use of Wearables in Chronic Disease Management

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A $1.23 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research will allow the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing to study how wearable devices, handheld technology tools, and other strategies could improve chronic disease...

How Data-Driven Care Management Improves Population Health in NC

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Comprehensive population health management can be a struggle for providers who lack the data, infrastructure, and community collaboration to support patients across the care continuum.  But many healthcare organizations in North Carolina...

Stress, Depression Negatively Impact Chronic Disease Management

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Depression, stress, and other mental health conditions may negatively affect a patient’s chronic disease management capabilities more than the disease itself, according to a study published in Quality of Life Research.   The study...

Top Health IT Groups Ask Congress for Patient Identification Tools

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Nearly two dozen healthcare providers, professional groups, and interoperability organizations are urging Congress to remove language that prevents the development of improved patient identification tools.  In a letter addressed to lawmakers...

Patient-Centered Care May Improve Diabetes Self-Management

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Patient-centered care may improve diabetes self-management and patients’ quality of life, and could also play a significant role in shaping self-care behaviors, according to a new study published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics....

FDA Holds App-a-Thon for Precision Medicine, Next-Gen Genomics

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The FDA is hosting an industry-wide development challenge to create apps that use next-generation sequencing (NSG) technology to pursue new precision medicine breakthroughs. “FDA is increasingly harnessing the power of supercomputers, the...

Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence Gain Healthcare Momentum

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Big data is only as valuable as the applications used to process and present it – and those applications are starting to get eerily clever as developers get to grips with machine learning and artificial intelligence in the healthcare setting....

AHRQ Grants to Aid Testing of Pediatric Clinical Quality Measures

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on Monday six recipients of a four-year, $13.4 million grant to support implementation and testing of new pediatric clinical quality measures within the Medicaid and CHIP programs....

Leveraging the Patient-Centered Medical Home for Older Adult Care

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The patient-centered medical home (PCMH), one of the nation’s most promising care coordination and population health management frameworks, may be ideally suited to ensuring that older adults receive the services they need to maintain a...

Precision Medicine, Genomics Partnership Boosts Big Data Sharing

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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation will contribute genomic and clinical data to the Genomic Data Commons, one of the National Cancer Institute’s centerpiece precision medicine projects, the organizations announced last week. The Genomic...

How Big Data Velocity Informs Population Health, Patient Safety

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During many healthcare encounters, especially in the hospital setting, speed can be the difference between life and death.  Patients with serious conditions often require immediate interventions when vital signs drop or complications occur,...

CMS Names Awardees of $5M Grant to Aid MACRA Implementation

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced two grant awardees who will receive up to $5 million to support providers with MACRA implementation. The CMS funding is part of the second round of the Support and Alignment...

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