Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Analytics Infrastructure

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,...

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...

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