Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Medical Research

Do mammogram screenings do more harm than good for patients?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The conventional wisdom in medicine is that you can’t treat effectively what you don’t catch early, and breast cancer is no exception.  As the second most common cancer affecting women and the second most common cause of death, fighting...

Infection, stroke combo 39 times deadlier to African-Americans

by Jennifer Bresnick

African-American patients are dramatically more likely to die from a combination of stroke and an infection than their white counterparts, according to a study from the University of Michigan.  African-American patients who suffered a skin,...

EHR alerts help screen for deadly abdominal aortic aneurysms

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers in the Kaiser Permanente system are getting some significant help with screening middle-aged men for a generally asymptomatic but incredibly dangerous condition.  By building an alert system into the EHR, researchers have been able...

AHA releases stroke risk assessment, guidelines for women

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Heart Association has released its first official guidelines intended to help women avoid being disabled or killed by a stroke.  The risk assessments target the gender more likely to be affected by blood clots that block vital pathways...

mHealth reminders improve diabetes care, reduce costs by 8.8%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics both improved their disease management and reduced healthcare spending after receiving text reminders to watch their blood sugar and other aspects of the disease, says a new study published in Health Affairs.  After...

Texas HIE adds genetic data for analytics, personalized care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Greater Houston Healthconnect, the Southeast Texas region’s  HIE, has been working diligently for several years to expand health information exchange across a diverse region with millions of patients.  After starting off in 2011 with 14 counties...

California providers team up for analytics, clinical trials

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers and pharmaceutical researchers at major academic institutions and medical centers are coming together to share the costs and quicken the pace of medical research.  As part of the Partnership to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT), a...

Online colorectal cancer risk score helps streamline screenings

by Jennifer Bresnick

A colorectal cancer risk calculator developed by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute has been published online in order to help physicians target the right patients for screenings while letting other patients avoid unnecessary...

Researchers to study use of AI in clinical decision support

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Informatics and the Regenstrief Institute have been awarded nearly $700,000 to develop a method of using artificial intelligence as a tool in the burgeoning field of clinical decision...

EHR data analytics reveal subtypes of autism in children

by Jennifer Bresnick

The varied cluster of neurological, psychological, and physical symptoms clustered under the umbrella of autism often present slightly differently in each child, making it difficult for physicians and therapists to develop and act upon a treatment...

IBM pours $1 billion into big data with Watson supercomputer

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Jeopardy! champion supercomputer is retiring from the glamour of game shows and getting its servers dirty with some serious analytics work.  While Watson has already been given a crash-course in clinical decision support and dabbled...

EHR analytics creates drug safety dashboard at VA hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using 19 key metrics found within the electronic health record, a team of pharmacists at the Veterans Affairs Sierra Pacific Network have created a drug safety dashboard to flag potential adverse events during inpatient stays.  Janet Carmichael,...

MRI brain scan database brings big data to pediatrics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are using a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build a cloud-based databank of pediatric brain MRIs in order to help identify abnormalities in pediatric patients.  The system will allow...

Univ. at Buffalo, NYS partner for genomics research projects

by Jennifer Bresnick

The University at Buffalo, part of New York State’s SUNY system, has partnered with the recently formed New York Genome Center (NYGC), located in Manhattan, to advance research into genomics and personalized medicine for the discovery and treatment...

PCCI, UTSW get funding for clinical translational research

by Jennifer Bresnick

Non-profit research center PCCI and the University of Texas Southwestern have announced $30 million in funding to advance their work in clinical translational research provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare...

2.5 petabytes of centralized cancer data to accelerate genomics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is planning a major new project to bring staggering amounts of cancer research data to the cloud.  The Cancer Genome Atlas, anticipated to be 2.5 petabytes in size, will centralize the work of the NCI and...

Analytic risk score predicts time to Alzheimer’s death

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers from Columbia University have devised an algorithm that accurately predicts how fast a patient’s Alzheimer’s disease will progress form onset until death.  Using information collected from a single clinical visit, the Longitudinal...

Harvard, MIT, Hopkins to share in $540M for cancer research

by Jennifer Bresnick

One of the largest one-time research donations ever made will help six major academic medical institutions discover new methods of treating and preventing cancer.  Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, MIT, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer...

Telehealth, education fight childhood obesity in rural CA

by Jennifer Bresnick

A long, healthy life starts with the habits formed in childhood, but for many of the 18% of pediatric patients with obesity problems, those early habits can produce high risks for chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, depression, and...

PCORI picks 30 “Pipeline to Proposal” research grant winners

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to encourage community health management and medical research, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded nearly half a million dollars to 30 individual and small group projects intended to advance patient...


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