Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Analytics Infrastructure

Stage 7 “Most Wired” Cancer Hospital Leverages EHR, mHealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

Building a new hospital, even a small one, can be an incredibly daunting task.  Building a $750 million, 300-bed HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 cancer care hospital that leverages the latest in EHR and mobile health (mHealth) technologies for complex...

Epic, Cerner, DirectTrust, and the Quest for EHR Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

For a concept that is supposed to bring healthcare organizations together, EHR interoperability is certainly one of the most divisive topics in the industry.  With hundreds of different opinions about how to achieve it, where to start, what...

EHR Replacements Rise, but Usability Remains in Question

by Jennifer Bresnick

The implementation of an electronic health record is often cited as the first and most important step towards crafting a health IT infrastructure that encourages quality documentation, health information exchange, population health management,...

HIMSS Asks Congress for Population Health Management Support

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) wants Congress to focus on supporting the underlying health IT pillars that make population health management a reality, including interoperability and health information exchange,...

IBM Watson, Boston Children’s Kick Precision Medicine into Gear

by Jennifer Bresnick

College students aren’t the only ones moving into their new Boston-area digs this season as the school year gets under way.  The brand new IBM Watson Health division opened the doors to its Cambridge offices today, announcing a slew...

Humana Expands Population Health Management, Accountable Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Humana is embarking on several new population health management and accountable care programs this fall, bringing value-based reimbursement and coordinated care to providers in New York, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.  The agreements will help...

Big Data Analytics, EHR Interoperability Challenging for ACOs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations are having a difficult time developing the interoperability necessary to support population health management and big data analytics, says the 2015 ACO survey by the eHealth Initiative and Premier, Inc.  While...

Lasting Patient Engagement Begins with Tailored Access to Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Patient engagement” may have a very specific and quantifiable meaning within the context of the EHR Incentive Programs, but the majority of healthcare systems must look beyond their rate of patient portal signups if they wish to...

Semantic Big Data Lakes Can Support Better Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is currently holding its breath as it waits to see how CMS will adjust the final Stage 3 meaningful use rule in response to stakeholder complaints about the maturity of EHRs and big data analytics technologies, but not...

Final Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Comes Closer to Publication

by Jennifer Bresnick

The final rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), bringing the hotly anticipated guidelines one step closer to publication and the opportunity for industrywide scrutiny.  Intense...

True Interoperability Requires Proof before Mandates, HL7 Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

Before piling on additional EHR and health IT mandates, the federal government must prove to the healthcare industry that interoperability can produce measurable return on organizational investment, says Health Level Seven International (HL7)...

HSPC Interoperability Project Tackles HIE with FHIR, App Culture

by Jennifer Bresnick

CommonWell, Carequality, and the Argonaut Project may be the names that first spring to mind when discussing the healthcare industry’s private interoperability efforts, but the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) is planning...

84% of EHR Replacements Focus on Big Data, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The vast majority of providers considering or undergoing an EHR replacement are giving preference to vendors who provide big data analytics and population health management tools, according to the latest Black Book Rankings EHR user satisfaction...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Weighs Benefit, Harm of Screenings

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records may not be the documentation tool of choice for many unhappy clinicians, but the developers of clinical decision support technologies hope to change their opinions by creating proactive, data-driven features that validate...

Predictive Analytics, NLP Flag Psychosis with 100% Accuracy

by Jennifer Bresnick

A predictive analytics algorithm that leverages natural language processing was able to predict the onset of psychosis in high-risk youths with 100 percent accuracy, says a study published in Schizophrenia this month.  Using machine learning...

Sullivan Institute Opens Care Coordination, Health IT Use Survey

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation is requesting stakeholder feedback on potential care coordination shortfalls with a new online survey.  The survey hopes to gather information on potential gaps in population health...

How Can Healthcare Big Data Analytics Bust Data Silos?

by Jennifer Bresnick

While end-user clinicians may be frustrated by gaps and blank spaces in their patient data, they are not the only ones who are experiencing some degree of consternation when it comes to big data analytics.  Before a physician or nurse even...

Precision Medicine Must Be a “Team Effort,” White House Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to precision medicine, says White House Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil in a blog post outlining the next steps for the nation’s march into genomics, big data analytics, and personalized...

Big Data, Meaningful Use, BYOD Bring Problems, Opportunities

by Jennifer Bresnick

To say that the healthcare industry is in a state of flux may be the understatement of the 21st century.  Despite ongoing criticism over the “slow” pace of big data analytics, EHR interoperability, patient engagement, and reimbursement...

Is There Conflict between Precision Medicine, Population Health?

by Jennifer Bresnick

If there’s one thing that all healthcare stakeholders can agree upon, it’s that there’s never enough time, money, or manpower to do everything that needs to be done.  Whether electronic health records, novel care delivery...


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