Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

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,...

Workflow Changes May Improve Patient Safety, Cut Hospital Stays

by Jennifer Bresnick

Implementing certain clinical workflow changes and adjusting the way patients are given certain medications may be able to improve patient safety, reduce adverse drug events, and shorten hospital stays, according to a pair of recent studies....

EHR, Big Data Analytics Tech Support Key to Customer Loyalty

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health IT vendors may be raking in billions of dollars in profits from their electronic health record and big data analytics offerings, but they may not be inspiring much long-term loyalty from their customers if they fail to provide adequate...

Can Full EHR Adoption Decrease Adverse Patient Safety Events?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records haven’t always had a spotless reputation when it comes to patient care, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) believes that a comprehensive EHR adoption program can, in fact, slash the number...

UPMC Gene Test Brings Personalized Medicine to Cardiac Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinicians at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are bringing personalized medicine into the routine care process for cardiac patients in need of stents for clogged arteries by using a simple blood test to identify gene variants that...

Big Data Shows Persistent Ordering of Unnecessary Procedures

by Sara Heath

Nearly a third of providers are ordering unnecessary procedures such as lower back MRIs when not necessary, regardless of their facility’s payment model, big data shows. In a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, a research...

New Healthcare Analytics Model May Improve Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Census based surveying, or the ability to reach more patients through a more comprehensive data collection method, might be a big data solution to patient satisfaction issues. In a recent report, Press Ganey explains the process of census based...

Care Coordination Cuts Nursing Home Spending, Hospitalizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Improved care coordination techniques are reducing the number of preventable hospitalizations among patients residing in long-term nursing home facilities, according to new data published by CMS this week.    Most healthcare providers...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Keeps Spending Low, Quality High

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues to show staying power as one of the healthcare industry’s most effective cost-cutting and quality-boosting initiatives, says the latest annual report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care...

Is Population Health Management a High Priority for Providers?

by Sara Heath

Population health management may not be as much of a focus for the healthcare community as previously thought, according to a report by Numerof & Associates. While more than half of providers surveyed in the report think of population health...

EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

Cognitive State Impacts Chronic Disease Management, Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

A patient’s cognitive impairment level is one of the key indicators that he or she may be headed for a preventable hospital readmission due to inadequate chronic disease management, says a new study published in the American Journal of...

VA Streamlines Care Coordination with New Health IT System

by Jennifer Bresnick

Care coordination has always been a struggle for healthcare organizations seeking to transfer patients from one provider setting to another, and the process if often complicated by poor communication, administrative red tape, and convoluted documentation...

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...

Safety Net Population Health Management Means Doing More with Less

by Jennifer Bresnick

For healthcare organizations of any size, type, and specialty, every dollar always counts.  The immutable bottom line regulates all activities, from technology purchases to staff salaries to what gets served in the cafeteria each day. ...

How the Patient-Centered Medical Home “Repackages” Primary Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry operates in a unique economic niche where the “what you see is what you get” principle that governs most other consumer interactions only vaguely applies.  Patients often walk into the consult room with...

Why Mental Healthcare is Key to Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is an odd division in the healthcare world that creates an unfortunate schism between the clinical care of a patient and his mental and behavioral wellbeing.  Even as population health management programs grow and expand, forging new...

CMS Offers $157M to Fund Community Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Recognizing the need to integrate the social and community needs of patients into population health management on a broader scale, CMS has announced a new $157 million funding opportunity to bolster innovative strategies for helping to address...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer young medical...

Claims Big Data Analytics Flags Medication Non-Adherence Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Claims data is often cited as a goldmine for emerging big data analytics strategies, due to their comprehensive and generally standardized nature.  Coupled with diagnostic information and clinical notes found in EHRs, researchers can fill...

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