Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Population Health Management

High-Need Patients a Challenge for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients with functional limitations that keep them from living independently are a major challenge for providers focused on population health management, according to a new Commonwealth Fund data brief, especially because these patients incur...

Integrated Care Delivery May Bring Better Outcomes, Lower Costs

by Nathan Boroyan

Integrated care delivery in a team-based primary care setting has the potential to provide better patient outcomes, fewer hospital visits and lower costs, according to a 10-year study conducted by Intermountain Healthcare. Published in the Journal...

Baltimore Population Health Plan Focuses on Racial Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Baltimore’s struggles with racial inequality have been a fixture in national headlines in recent months, and its troubling population health disparities form a significant part of the problem.  In order to address the stark differences...

Big Data Could Hold Key to Improving Vaccinations Rates

by Nathan Boroyan

With flu season fast approaching, a new initiative focused on improving adult vaccination rates is turning to big data to discover the most helpful patient engagement strategies for primary care providers to deliver preventative care. The Adult...

Digital Chronic Disease Management Boosts Diabetes Self-Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using digital health tools to promote self-care may be an effective way to improve chronic disease management programs aimed at diabetes, says a new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research.  A six-week workshop that includes...

Patient-Centered Medical Home May Improve Safety Net Care

by Nathan Boroyan

Establishing a patient-centered medical home model in safety net clinics may lead to more primary care visits and less emergency department use among Medicaid beneficiaries, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed...

UT Southwestern Receives $9.6M Precision Medicine Research Grant

by Nathan Boroyan

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded the University of Texas $9.6 million to the University of Texas Southwestern for six new precision medicine research projects aiming to address the origins and treatments...

CDC Focuses on Patient Safety with Expanded Sepsis Education

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are putting a spotlight on patient safety in its newest Vital Signs report, which highlights the dangers of sepsis, an often-deadly infection that may be more insidious than previously thought....

Project to Develop EHR Toolkit to Stem Readmissions

by Nathan Boroyan

About 95 percent of U.S. hospitals use electronic health records (EHR) for population health management, but the technology has yet to realize its full potential. A team from the Dartmouth Institute is working to change that. Led by Dartmouth...

1304 Health Centers Share $100M in Quality Improvement Funds

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 1300 health centers across the country will be splitting $100 million in HHS grant funding to drive quality improvements, health IT adoption, and other patient-centered practice transformation efforts.  The grants, announced last...

Regional Variation Points Out Value of Antibiotic Stewardship

by Nathan Boroyan

Health plans are not exhibiting uniformly high rates of performance on clinical quality measures related to antibiotic use, according to a new study from the American Journal of Managed Care, indicating an increased need for standardized antibiotic...

What is the New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program?

by Nathan Boroyan

The traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model is slowly being phased out in favor of value-based care, and a new advanced primary care model, called the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, will launch in 2017 to provide even...

Healthcare Big Data Silos Prevent Delivery of Coordinated Care

by Brent Clough

Complaints about silos in healthcare are nothing new. For a patient to fill a single prescription, there are several disconnected groups that need to work together to move the process forward. The specialist and the primary doctor have to connect...

Population Health Management, Big Data Markets Set to Grow

by Nathan Boroyan

The need for big data in healthcare IT appears to be driving significant growth in population health management solutions and global healthcare analytics markets, according to two recent studies. According to a Transparency Market Research study,...

Psychosocial Data, Big Data Analytics Can Improve Patient Care

by Clay Richards

The fact that health outcomes tend to be worse for patients in poverty or who have lower levels of education should come as no surprise to many clinicians. But most hospitals have only worked around the margins to incorporate concerns about income,...

CMS Revamps Team-Based Home Care Program for Elderly Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the nation’s patient population continues to trend older and care coordination becomes increasingly important for participation in value-based care programs, CMS is taking some time to tweak one of its team-based home care initiatives....

Open Population Health Analytics Flag Philly Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

The City of Philadelphia has released an online, freely available population health analytics application that highlights health disparities and socioeconomic determinates of health at a neighborhood level.  The Community Health Explorer...

Synchronized Pick-Up Boosts Medication Adherence Up to 13%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who are able to collect all their prescriptions during a single trip to the pharmacy are up to thirteen percent more likely to demonstrate acceptable medication adherence, says a new study published in Health Affairs.  The research,...

Using Claims, Lab, and Clinical Analytics to Discover Diabetics

by Fatima Paruk, MD, MPH

Combining and normalizing data from numerous, disparate sources to effectively manage population health across the spectrum of care is necessary, yet presents us with significant challenges today. Through industry innovation and collaboration...

How the Search for Smart Data Drives Healthcare IT Investment

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s no question that the healthcare industry has become extremely “data rich” over the past few years.  Thanks to the rapid pace of electronic health record adoption, the vast majority of healthcare organizations are...

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