Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Analytics Infrastructure

Breaking Down the ONC Health Data Interoperability Roadmap

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the past few years, health data interoperability has become a top priority for the Office of National Coordinator.  Buffeted by complaints from Congress and industry stakeholders about the deeply entrenched data siloes and proprietary...

CMS Cuts Stage 2 MU Patient Engagement Threshold to One User

by Jennifer Bresnick

The dreaded five percent patient engagement requirement for Stage 2 meaningful use is no more, now that CMS has released its final flexibility rule covering changes to the EHR Incentive Programs between 2015 and 2017.  Despite broad adoption...

HHS Releases 2015 CEHRT, Meaningful Use Flexibility Rules

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it isn’t the Stage 3 meaningful use delay that many stakeholders are anxious to see, HHS has finally allowed the healthcare industry to view and comment on the flexibility provisions for the EhR Incentive Programs, which will primarily...

Big Data Analytics Cuts Medicaid Opioid Abuse, Ups Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Opioid abuse is often described as an “epidemic” sweeping the nation, killing more than 15,000 patients each year and affecting the lives of a further two million Americans who abuse or depend on painkilling drugs. Like other chronic...

LA Hospital Tackles EHR Adoption, Design from the Ground Up

by Jennifer Bresnick

The thought has crossed the mind of every health information management professional, adoption specialist, and IT department worker – not to mention every physician and nurse – who has ever worked with an electronic health record. ...

Mayo Clinic Awards $100K in Population Health Management Prizes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Mayo Clinic has announced the winners of its Think Big Challenge, a competition to promote health IT startups that bring promising new population health management and chronic disease management strategies to light.  The two winners,...

What Are the 5 Key Challenges to Health Data Interoperability?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the past few months, critics of the EHR Incentive Programs have been gathering ammunition for the argument that federal efforts to advance health IT adoption are out of step with the actual state of the industry.   Demands to pause...

Poor Health Information Exchange Results in Low Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR Incentive Programs’ definition of “patient engagement” barely represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to forging meaningful, lasting relationships between providers and consumers.  Getting a patient to access...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Keeps Small Hospitals Independent

by Jennifer Bresnick

Conventional wisdom may predict a bleak future for independent community hospitals, critical access hospitals, and other smaller organizations without the financial and technological muscle to push through tough times in a hyper-competitive environment....

WEDI and NATE Partner for Patient Matching, Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Virtual Clipboard Initiative, a collaborative project that hopes to drastically improve patient matching techniques and broaden health data interoperability, will be moving into its second phase with the help of the National Association for...

Blue Cross Blue Shield Invests in Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

All thirty-six members of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association have agreed to contribute to the development of BCBS Axis, a healthcare big data analytics repository with information on more than 36 million provider records, 2.3 billion...

EHR, Health IT Spending Rises as Provider Satisfaction Drops

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter how much money healthcare organizations seem to spend on their electronic health record capabilities, provider satisfaction with their abilities to care for patients appears to be continuing its downward trajectory.  Spending on...

Federal HIT Plan Focuses on Population Health, Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement and robust population health management are two of the top goals for CMS and the ONC over the next five years, says National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo in a letter prefacing the new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.  Released...

Can the Healthcare Internet of Things Cut Costs by 25 Percent?

by Jennifer Bresnick

At the moment, the healthcare Internet of Things may seem like a poorly defined amalgamation of medical devices and consumer monitoring technologies that don’t quite fit into existing health IT categories.  But this growing, shifting...

How to Use Healthcare Big Data Analytics for Accountable Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare organizations sit down to plan their operational strategies for the next few years, they may find themselves staring into a maelstrom of uncertainty, rapid evolution, and unpredictable change.  With the timing of the EHR Incentive...

NIH Unveils Precision Medicine, Genomics, Big Data Analytics Plan

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a detailed framework outlining its vision for the development of its Precision Medicine Initiative, a wide-ranging research program that hopes to integrate healthcare big data analytics, advances...

Don’t Publish Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule, Urge AMA and Others

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association and forty other professional societies are strongly urging HHS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) not to publish the finalized rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use.  Citing low uptake of Stage 2 attestation...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Suffers from “Fragmented” Approach

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations are keenly aware that big data analytics is poised to change the way the industry operates, but few have developed comprehensive and integrated strategies to address the complex tasks of infrastructure development and...

Can CommonWell Make Health Data Interoperability a Reality?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Of the growing number of private industry projects aimed at bringing health data interoperability to the masses, the CommonWell Health Alliance has always seemed like a leader of the pack.  Founded in 2013 and able to announce pilot sites...

Big Data Analytics, Digital Health M&A May Profit Health Systems

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare systems that proactively acquire or invest in digital health service providers in addition to their traditional merger and acquisition targets are more likely to create profitable, diversified portfolios of complementary holdings,...

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