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Incomplete Population Health Data Exacerbates Care Disparities

March 7, 2017 - Managed care policymakers do not have access to enough clean, complete, and accurate socioeconomic and population health data on the millions of patients depending on public insurance programs for care, according to a new article in Health Affairs. “To reduce disparities, it is critical to first know where they exist,” said the research team from CMS and NCQA.  “Improving...


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Incomplete Population Health Data Exacerbates Care Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Managed care policymakers do not have access to enough clean, complete, and accurate socioeconomic and population health data on the millions of patients depending on public insurance programs for care, according to a new article in Health Affairs....

Chronic Care Management Improves Pediatric Outcomes by 20%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A comprehensive chronic care management program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) helped to significant raise performance on certain pediatric outcome measures and streamline quality improvement, says an article published in the Joint...

Blockchain Will “Change the Physics” of Health Data Sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 40,000 healthcare stakeholders gather at the HIMSS Convention and Exhibition every year to get a good look at some of the most advanced and intriguing health IT tools on offer from hundreds of vendors, big and small, seeking to hawk...

Are Clinical Trials Diverse Enough to Ensure Patient Safety?

by Thomas Beaton

A new FDA report indicates that clinical trials may not be accurately representing real-world demographic patterns, leading to concerns that new drugs are not being accurately tested for patient safety and effectiveness.  Only 48 percent...

Adult Vaccine Project Produces Population Health Best Practices

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of patients know that vaccines play a critically important role in population health management by protecting children against serious communicable diseases.  But fewer realize that regular adult immunizations are similarly...

Growing Healthcare Opportunities for the Internet of Things

by Thomas Beaton

The Internet of Things (IoT), has jumped to the forefront of the healthcare technology market, exhibiting exponential growth with the advent of wearables, personal trackers, sensors, and other technologies that capture extensive data previously...

Can Syncing Prescription Pickups Reduce Medication Nonadherence?

by Sara Heath

Pharmacies which use medication synchronization programs to reduce medication non-adherence need to carefully consider how best to implement their programs in order to produce positive results for all of their patients, according to a recent...

Health IT Orgs Pledge More Data Sharing for Patient Safety

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Close to fifty healthcare information technology organizations have signed the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Open Data Pledge, according to a press release. The Open Data Pledge aims to encourage healthcare technology companies to...

National Patient Identifier May Cut “Silly Waste” in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

LAS VEGAS – The healthcare industry may be eagerly awaiting the eventual demise of the EHR Incentive Programs, but providers will be disappointed if they think that the end of meaningful use is the end of their health IT troubles. ...

Patient Safety, Engagement Relies on Crafting a Culture of Change

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether it’s the first time or the fiftieth, an inpatient admission can be an extremely frightening event for a patient. Unwell and anxious, surrounded by unfamiliar people and places, subject to invasive and uncomfortable procedures,...

How Big Data, EHRs, IoT Combine for Chronic Disease Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the nation’s medical system sheds its own reactive, sick-care skin and reinvents itself as a proactive, data-driven, team-based ecosystem of wellness and health maintenance, there is a strong consensus among provider organizations that...

How to Cut Through the Noise of the Healthcare Internet of Things

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers are busy people.  Between high patient loads and the demands of EHR documentation, the reporting requirements, the internal meetings, and the minutes wasted waiting for test results or other communications from the care...

Senate Committee Moves Interoperability, Health IT Bill to Vote

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Senate HELP Committee is pushing forward with its efforts to advance interoperability across the healthcare system by unanimously voting to move the “Improving Health Information Technology Act” to the Senate floor. The bill focuses...

ACA, Medicare Provided Preventative Care to 39M Patients in 2015

by Sara Heath

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) played a major role in increasing preventative care and chronic disease management amongst Medicare patients last year, according to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In 2015,...

PCORI Offers $70M for Population Health Management Research

by Sara Heath

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved $70 million in new funding for research initiatives to improve population health management. The funding will support the implementation of nine research projects involving...

Patient Engagement Must Be Top Priority for Quality Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations shouldn’t spend all their time developing sophisticated health information exchange networks that connect clinicians without sparing a thought for how patients will be able to access the wealth of electronic data...

Will the IoT Bring a Patient Engagement, Interoperability Revolution?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare, at its most fundamental level, has always been about making connections.  Whether it’s the comforting hand of nurse reassuring a patient with a poor diagnosis, a researcher putting disparate data sets together to discover...

4 Patient-Centric Uses for the Healthcare Internet of Things

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whatever you want to call it – a movement, a project, or an inevitability – few healthcare undertakings have inspired as much enthusiasm, skepticism, excitement, and dread as the Internet of Things.  The prospect of billions...

Online Patient Engagement Spikes When High Costs Are Involved

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who are financially responsibile for high out-of-pocket costs are significantly more likely to choose email and other online patient engagement methods over an expensive office visit to contact providers about their health concerns,...

53% of Patients Say They Cannot Access Their EHR Data Online

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the widespread adoption of electronic health records and a nationwide push to engage patients through online portals, fifty-three percent of patients participating in a new HealthMine poll do not have online access to all their EHR data,...

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