Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Care Coordination

Mass. grants foster clinical analytics, patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next fifteen years, the Partnership for Community Health is planning to dole out $90 million in grants to Massachusetts hospitals in order to support care coordination, access to care, and health information technology.  With more than...

“Bundled” diabetes care produces better outcomes quickly

by Jennifer Bresnick

Coupling a comprehensive system of chronic disease management for diabetics with other elements of primary care can improve patient health and produce significant results, says Geisinger Health System.  Since Type 2 diabetes rarely occurs in...

Clinical decision support, care coordination fight hepatitis C

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Disease Control are leveraging the power of telehealth and clinical decision support (CDS) tools to aid the three million American patients living with hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections,...

Mostashari raises $4.5M for new accountable care startup

by Jennifer Bresnick

Former ONC chief Dr. Farzad Mostashari is hoping to encourage the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) by hiring out his health IT expertise to physicians through a new startup company called Aledade.  With $4.5 million of investment...

Humana, UC San Diego enter accountable care agreement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Humana and the UC San Diego Health System have entered an accountable care agreement to focus on improving outcomes and lowering costs for Southern California patients.  The only academic medical system in the region, UCSD consists of two major...

AMA adopts policy defining team-based medical care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Members of the American Medical Association (AMA) have voted to approve a measure outlining the definition of team-based health care and providing physicians with a list of elements to consider when developing new delivery models that encourage...

Telehealth eye screenings push patients towards specialists

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient receiving telemedicine screenings for eye conditions may avoid a trip to their primary care physician, but ophthalmologists need to be prepared to handle the influx of patients that will be headed directly their way, says a JAMA study...

Population health, care coordination ideas get $110M from HHS

by Jennifer Bresnick

As part of its Health Innovations Award program, twelve projects focusing on population health management, care coordination, interoperability, and financial and clinical analytics will receive up to $110 million in combined funding from the...

Walgreens, CHE Trinity enter coordinated care agreement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Walgreens drugstores and CHE Trinity Health, an 80-hospital health system in Illinois, have entered into a coordinated care agreement that will help to further Walgreens’ presence as a healthcare provider in addition to a pharmacy giant....

Telehealth is important link for safety net population health

by Jennifer Bresnick

While much has been made of the ability to use tablets and smartphones to reach into the daily lives of patients and connect them to preventative or ongoing care, the truth is that some of the most vulnerable and high-risk patients are among...

Workplace focus on chronic disease may improve management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Bringing chronic disease management into the workplace may be an important tool for ensuring that patients with diabetes, asthma, hypertension, or obesity maintain good lifestyle choices and optimal health.  With a $3.15 million grant from the...

EHRs, health IT can be leveraged to cut health disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR adoption is not a goal in and of itself, but a pathway towards reducing historical health disparities, write Dominick Mack, MD, MBA, Executive Medical Director of the GA-HIT Extension Center and Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM, Associate...

Health information exchange use reduces admissions by 30%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using health information exchange (HIE) to access health records when a patient presents to the emergency department can lower costs and reduce the number of admissions by nearly one third, says a study from Weill Cornell Medical College, published...

Accountable care requires outreach and a commitment to change

by Jennifer Bresnick

According to a report released late last month, shared savings among Medicare’s accountable care organizations (ACOs) have topped $380 million in their first year of operation, and the network of above-and-beyond Pioneer ACOs are responsible...

WHO: Battle against cancer requires better preventative care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Worldwide cancer rates are predicted to rise 57% over the next two decades, says the 2014 World Cancer Report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), unless providers can improve early...

Care coordination bill would aid chronic disease management

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new bill simultaneously introduced into the House and the Senate is taking aim at Medicare patients living with multiple chronic diseases.  In an effort to save money for the healthcare system and provide higher quality care for the sickest...

Tailored analytics bring power to population health management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management requires providers to pinpoint the needs of individuals by reading the patterns created by tens of thousands of similar cases using algorithms and intelligent prediction engines churning away somewhere behind the...

ACA prompts healthcare utilization study in New Jersey

by Jennifer Bresnick

The influx of new patients receiving insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has prompted White House analysts to partner with healthcare providers in New Jersey on how service utilization will change under the new law.  The work is...

Parents unsure of care coordination responsibilities, procedures

by Jennifer Bresnick

Parents of children who need to be referred to a specialist are generally unsure of how to best arrange appointments and who should take the lead on issues like insurance coverage, expertise, and scheduling.  A poll conducted by the University...

Care coordination, analytics aid diabetes patients at Joslin

by Jennifer Bresnick

Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston is launching a new clinical analytics pilot at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Missouri to test the effectiveness of the Joslin Clinical Analytical Tool (JCAT) in reducing care gaps and flagging patient risks. ...

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