Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

UPMC Gene Test Brings Personalized Medicine to Cardiac Care

February 11, 2016 - Clinicians at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are bringing personalized medicine into the routine care process for cardiac patients in need of stents for clogged arteries by using a simple blood test to identify gene variants that may impact their treatment. The test for patients at the UPMC Presbyterian catheterization lab identifies individuals with a gene variation that reduces...


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Big Data Shows Persistent Ordering of Unnecessary Procedures

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Nearly a third of providers are ordering unnecessary procedures such as lower back MRIs when not necessary, regardless of their facility’s payment model, big data shows. In a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, a research...

New Healthcare Analytics Model May Improve Patient Satisfaction

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Census based surveying, or the combination of EHR data collection and tradition census-style data collection amongst patients, might be big data analytics solution to patient satisfaction issues. In a recent report, Press Ganey explains the process...

Care Coordination Cuts Nursing Home Spending, Hospitalizations

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Improved care coordination techniques are reducing the number of preventable hospitalizations among patients residing in long-term nursing home facilities, according to new data published by CMS this week.    Most healthcare providers...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Keeps Spending Low, Quality High

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The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues to show staying power as one of the healthcare industry’s most effective cost-cutting and quality-boosting initiatives, says the latest annual report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care...

Is Population Health Management a High Priority for Providers?

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Population health management may not be as much of a focus for the healthcare community as previously thought, according to a report by Numerof & Associates. While more than half of providers surveyed in the report think of population health...

EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors

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Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

Cognitive State Impacts Chronic Disease Management, Readmissions

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A patient’s cognitive impairment level is one of the key indicators that he or she may be headed for a preventable hospital readmission due to inadequate chronic disease management, says a new study published in the American Journal of...

VA Streamlines Care Coordination with New Health IT System

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Care coordination has always been a struggle for healthcare organizations seeking to transfer patients from one provider setting to another, and the process if often complicated by poor communication, administrative red tape, and convoluted documentation...

Patient Engagement Must Be Top Priority for Quality Healthcare

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Healthcare organizations shouldn’t spend all their time developing sophisticated health information exchange networks that connect clinicians without sparing a thought for how patients will be able to access the wealth of electronic data...

Safety Net Population Health Management Means Doing More with Less

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For healthcare organizations of any size, type, and specialty, every dollar always counts.  The immutable bottom line regulates all activities, from technology purchases to staff salaries to what gets served in the cafeteria each day. ...

How the Patient-Centered Medical Home “Repackages” Primary Care

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The healthcare industry operates in a unique economic niche where the “what you see is what you get” principle that governs most other consumer interactions only vaguely applies.  Patients often walk into the consult room with...

Why Mental Healthcare is Key to Population Health Management

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There is an odd division in the healthcare world that creates an unfortunate schism between the clinical care of a patient and his mental and behavioral wellbeing.  Even as population health management programs grow and expand, forging new...

CMS Offers $157M to Fund Community Population Health Management

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Recognizing the need to integrate the social and community needs of patients into population health management on a broader scale, CMS has announced a new $157 million funding opportunity to bolster innovative strategies for helping to address...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?

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It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer young medical...

Claims Big Data Analytics Flags Medication Non-Adherence Rates

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Claims data is often cited as a goldmine for emerging big data analytics strategies, due to their comprehensive and generally standardized nature.  Coupled with diagnostic information and clinical notes found in EHRs, researchers can fill...

Value Score Moves from EHR Adoption into Real Health IT Value

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Asking a healthcare professional how their electronic health record has brought value to their daily routine is a question that may garner more glares and frowns than happy responses.  Provider dissatisfaction with the EHR ecosystem is nothing...

Five New Year’s Resolutions for Physicians and Health IT Pros

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It’s that time of the year again: time to finish up the last of the Christmas cookies, regret making plans to attend an overpriced New Year’s Eve event, and scribble down those resolutions you absolutely, positively, definitely promise...

176M May Be Covered by Accountable Care Organizations by 2020

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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have quickly become one of the industry’s most successful strategies for enlisting providers in value-based reimbursement arrangements, and have rapidly brought significant changes to population health...

EHR Use, Big Data Analytics Help Hospitals Earn Top EMRAM Marks

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Advanced use of electronic health records to improve patient safety, care coordination, HIE, and provider productivity is the hallmark of the upper echelons of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) score, and a number of hospitals have proved...