Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Analytics Infrastructure

Precision Medicine, Big Data Analytics Intersect for Better Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

When it comes to healthcare big data analytics, finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow isn’t exactly an easy task.  Even the process of identifying if there is a pot of gold – and how to plot a course towards the rainbow...

Meaningful Use, ICD-10 Drive Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just under half of US hospitals have deployed some type of healthcare big data analytics infrastructure focused on generating actionable business intelligence insights, says a new survey by HIMSS Analytics and Qlik, driven mostly by the pressure...

Georgia, Alabama Make Health Information Exchange Connection

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry’s attention may be shifting towards EHR-based health data interoperability, but state health information exchanges are not slackening their pace of progress as they continue to play a major role in the nation’s...

AAFP to ONC: Don’t Blame Docs for EHR Interoperability Woes

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter how hard they try, family physicians simply can’t make EHR interoperability magically appear when working with substandard software, and shouldn’t be shouldering the blame for the industry’s current data exchange predicament,...

What Does $67B Dell Deal Mean for Healthcare Big Data Analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s no secret that big players in the consumer technology space are fixing their gazes on the increasingly lucrative market for healthcare big data analytics.  The healthcare-focused markets for data storage, analytics infrastructure,...

Internet of Things, Precision Medicine, NLP Drive Market Growth

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare’s big data analytics investment opportunities are continuing their meteoric rise as the Internet of Things, precision medicine, population health management, and accountable care encourage the growth of health IT tools that can...

Senate Seeks More Interoperability, Openness for Certified EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

With the infamous specter of information blocking now hanging over industry efforts to improve the interoperability of electronic health records, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are attempting to take a bi-partisan...

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...

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