Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

Big Data Visualization Improves ED Patient Flow, Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is a familiar and powerful adage for data scientists and statisticians across many different industries, but it’s a message that the healthcare system is just starting...

Joint Commission Hospital Quality Performance Dips in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

The percentage of healthcare organizations earning the Joint Commission’s top hospital quality rating has dropped slightly over the past year, decreasing from 37 percent of facilities in 2013 to just 31.5 percent in the most recent performance...

Do Financial Patient Incentives Increase Preventative Care?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Small financial patient incentives, such as gift cards, may not significantly increase the rate of breast cancer screenings in targeted patients, finds a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care, calling into question...

AMA, AHA to Prioritize Hypertension, Chronic Disease Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the “silver tsunami” of aging patients continues to make comprehensive chronic disease management difficult for healthcare providers, the American Medical Association and American Heart Association are targeting one of the conditions...

EHRs, Alarm Fatigue Remain Top ECRI Patient Safety Concerns

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHRs may be changing the healthcare industry at a lightning pace, but it appears that the patient safety downsides of health IT, including alarm fatigue and workflow struggles, remain sadly the same.  These issues, along with patient monitoring...

Simple Healthcare Predictive Analytics Flag Elderly Fall Risk

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare payers looking to boost their quality scores only need a few easily accessible data points in order to accurately predict and reduce injuries from falls among elderly patients, says a study published this month in the American Journal...

Epic Tanks on EHR Usability, Interoperability Scores for EDs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Epic scooped up the unenviable distinction of being the lowest rated major EHR for usability and interoperability within the emergency department setting, according to the latest Black Book poll.  With distinctive workflow and information...

Six Foundational Steps for Better Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

As value-based reimbursement and accountable care continue their march towards dominance in the evolving healthcare ecosystem, robust and effective population health management techniques are quickly becoming a critical competency for primary...

Internet of Things, Patient Engagement Top Healthcare Priorities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Developing a data-driven technical ecosystem that encourages patient engagement and produces better outcomes is high on the list of priorities for the majority of healthcare providers, says the 2015 Mortenson Healthcare Industry Study. ...

GAO: VA Patient Panel Setup Limits Data Analytics, Care Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Unpredictable variation in the sizes of patient panels attributed to primary care providers in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be restricting patient access to basic services, found a report by the Government Accountability Office...

Why the C-Suite is Critical for Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Up until a few years ago, healthcare organizations have been content to relegate their big data analytics projects to the IT department or a few tech-savvy physicians with big plans for their EHRs.  Reporting on clinical quality or patient...

ONC Provides $1M in Grant Funding for HIE, Care Coordination

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator has announced the award of $1 million in grand funding to improve health information exchange and care coordination across the healthcare system, focusing especially on providers who have not been eligible...

Patient Adherence, Evidence-Based Care Top Priority for Docs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Increasing patient adherence and delivering evidence-based treatment programs are top priorities for the vast majority of physicians, according to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leaders (AAPL) and the Navigant Center...

EHR, Health IT Spending Rises as Provider Satisfaction Drops

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter how much money healthcare organizations seem to spend on their electronic health record capabilities, provider satisfaction with their abilities to care for patients appears to be continuing its downward trajectory.  Spending on...

IOM: Use EHRs More Efficiently for Patient Safety, Diagnostics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records and clinical decision support functionalities can be vital tools for providers during the process of diagnosis, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a new report, but healthcare organizations must learn how to leverage...

How to Succeed as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program has had its ups and downs during its first three years of life, as intrepid healthcare organizations lead the rest of the industry towards value-based reimbursement and data-driven,...

Lasting Patient Engagement Begins with Tailored Access to Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Patient engagement” may have a very specific and quantifiable meaning within the context of the EHR Incentive Programs, but the majority of healthcare systems must look beyond their rate of patient portal signups if they wish to...

Medicaid Big Data Vital for Population Health Management

by Sara Heath

Encounter data collection is an important part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule for improving population health management within Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), according to a recent article by Philip...

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...

How Retail Health Clinics Impact Population Health Management

by Sara Heath

Retail health clinics have seen a surge over the past decade, bringing major changes to the healthcare industry, particularly in the realm of providing low-cost, quality care to patients at a very local level. Recently, retail health clinics...

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