Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Clinical Analytics

How Advanced Genomics, Big Data Will Enable Precision Medicine

by Sid Nair of Dell Services

For decades, researchers have been seeking a cure for cancer. That goal has been elusive, mostly because, until recently, we had no way to identify the mutations that cause cells to go from normal growth to out-of-control-growth. With genome...

NIH Awards $35.4M in EHR Genomics, Precision Medicine Grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is jumpstarting the nation’s precision medicine efforts by awarding more than $35 million in grants to academic and healthcare organizations researching the best ways to integrate genomic data into...

Big Data Sorting Methods Can Change Picture of Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare system may be learning to treat data as a source of ultimate truth, but when it comes to population health management statistics, truth may still be in the eye of the beholder.  Patient outcome data can look very different...

Care Coordination, Quality Care Can Increase Patient Loyalty

by Sara Heath

In the healthcare industry, ensuring patient consumer loyalty to a certain healthcare provider is critical not only for organization finances, but for physician reputation and job fulfillment as well. But what are the key factors in consumer...

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...

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...

EHR Big Data Analytics Aid Cancer Screenings, Follow-Ups

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are using electronic “triggers” in vast quantities of EHR data to flag and follow up with patients who have experienced abnormal findings during an initial screening or evaluation for certain...

Big Data Predictive Analytics Score Flags 30-Day Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics researchers at the University of Washington Tacoma are introducing a new way to predict the return of congestive heart failure patients to the hospital within the critical 30-day readmissions window.  Dubbed the “Risk-o-Meter,”...

Do Data Transparency, Open Payments Reduce Clinical Research?

by Sara Heath

Open Payments under the Sunshine Act have made major strides in increasing healthcare transparency, but could there be a dark side to data transparency and reporting? A recent article in a Policy & Medicine newsletter says that could be possible,...

TUSM Announces New Institute to Improve Population Health

by Sara Heath

The Temple University Health System is expanding its involvement with population health and health data analytics as it establishes its new Institute for Transformative Medicine, which will be directed by Ralph Horwitz, MD, MACD, according to...

IBM Boosts Big Data, Imaging Knowhow with $1B Merge Acquisition

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM continues to make big moves into the healthcare big data analytics space, leveraging its Watson supercomputing platform to provide clinical decision support and machine learning services to a growing number of stakeholders.  In a press...

FDA Begins Crowdsourced Precision Medicine, Genomics Platform

by Jennifer Bresnick

President Obama’s vision for a national precision medicine ecosystem is beginning its development, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week.  In a blog post on FDA Voice, officials unveiled plans for the December...

NIH Awarded HIMSS Stage 7 for Clinical Data Sharing, EHR Use

by Sara Heath

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center was recently recognized for its excellence in clinical data collection and EHR use. The clinic received a Stage 7 award on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM),...

CDPH Partners with St. Joseph Health in Cancer Data Registry

by Sara Heath

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a first of its kind partnership with St. Joseph Health to track cancer trends around the state of California. The historic program, announced in a press release on July 27, is the first...

Healthcare Big Data, Accountable Care Spark Vendor Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare big data analytics vendors hoping to explore the financial opportunities of predictive analytics, population health management, infrastructure development, and patient management are making some big investments in research and acquisitions,...

How an REC Enables Population Health with Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Texas may be famous for its unquenchably independent spirit, but thousands of healthcare providers in the northern part of the state are starting to recognize that when it comes to population health management and big data analytics, the path...

Population Health Management Starts with Flagging High Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

In order to begin an effective population health management initiative, providers must first identify and stratify patients by the costs they incur, says a new white paper by the Health Care Transformation Task Force.  By proactively flagging...

EHR Big Data, Lab Specimens Enable Precision Medicine Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

When it comes to medical research and the rapidly expanding reach of precision medicine, physical specimens play a critical role in developing the big data later used for large-scale analytics that generate insights and produce results. ...

House Votes to Repeal 2.3% ACA Medical Device Tax

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Affordable Care Act may have survived one of its biggest challenges last week with a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court on King v. Burwell, but one of its less popular provisions might fall to the legislative process instead.  A...

New Budget Bill Would Fund Precision Medicine, Eliminate AHRQ

by Jennifer Bresnick

A draft budget bill for fiscal year 2016, released this week by the House Appropriations Committee, would have wide-ranging consequences for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its efforts to expand insurance coverage to millions of Americans while...


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