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Data Governance Key to Hospital’s Natural Language Query Project

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Whether inside or outside of the hospital, data is everywhere – and consumers of data are getting used to a certain level of speed, accuracy, and trustworthiness when they ask questions of Google, Siri, or Cortana.  In everyday life,...

Social Media May Provide Big Data Insights into Drug Misuse

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A new study in the Journal of Internet Medical Research indicates that monitoring social media feeds can provide clinicians and big data analytics professionals with valuable insight into potential drug misuse. Healthcare providers and community...

Slavitt: Affordable Care Act Uncertainty Threatens Value-Based Care

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Since the November 8 election, proponents of the Affordable Care Act have been nervously eyeing the executioner’s axe hanging above President Obama’s signature healthcare reform package, waiting for the heavily Republican Congress...

PCORI Offers $200M in Grants for Patient-Centered Research

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Patient-centered research projects are getting a significant financial boost early in the year thanks to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has allocated a total of $200 million for research proposals that compare...

AMIA Advises PCORI on Sharing Big Data for Health Research

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has suggested that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) should adopt new policies that focus on expanding grant opportunities and funding data collection efforts to improve...

Epic EHR, Big Data Tools Bring 2016 HIMSS Davies Award to Mercy

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Mercy, a large Catholic health system headquartered in Missouri, is the winner of the 2016 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, HIMSS announced.  Mercy has developed big data analytics dashboards within its Epic EHR to help providers...

Changing Leadership at CMS, ONC as New Administration Moves In

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Big changes may be in store for healthcare under a new and unpredictable Presidential administration, but some familiar and experienced faces will be steering the ship at CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while the White House...

NQF Names Shantanu Agrawal New President and CEO

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Former Deputy CMS Administrator Shantanu Agrawal, MD, will take over the reins of the National Quality Forum on January 20, 2017, the NQF announced this week.  Agrawal, who also served as Director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity,...

Population Health, Big Data Strategies Could Reduce $2B Waste

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The employer-based health insurance industry leaks approximately $2 billion each year due to wasteful or preventable spending across the care continuum, according to a new report by the American Health Policy Institute (AHPI).  But a population...

CMS Continues Data Transparency Push with Medicare Drug Info

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CMS is continuing to demonstrate its newfound commitment to data transparency by releasing information on 2015 Medicare spending rates for Part B and Part D drugs. The data, which covers medications administered by physicians in an office or...

Using Business Intelligence, KPIs for Revenue Cycle Management

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The healthcare industry’s transition to value-based care does not end with clinical patient care. The shift also extends into healthcare providers’ revenue cycle management processes. For effective claims management within the new...

The Top 3 Planning Pain Points in Healthcare Big Data Analytics

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“Measure twice, cut once” is the advice given to do-it-yourselfers embarking on a new home improvement project, but healthcare organizations ramping up their big data analytics initiatives amidst regulatory pressures and the constant...

CMS Finalizes Annual List of Value-Based Care Quality Measures

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CMS has put the finishing touches on its yearly list of quality measures under consideration for use in Medicare value-based care purchasing programs, the agency announced this week.  The list, published in conjunction with the National...

6 EHR Patient Safety Strategies for Medication Orders, CPOE

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Electronic health records have a mixed reputation when it comes to patient safety, leading to numerous public and private initiatives to improve usability and implement new features to prevent accidental harm.  The ONC is contributing to...

Regenstreif EHR Developers Win AMIA Healthcare Informatics Award

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The American Medical Informatics Association is honoring Burke Mamlin, MD, and Paul Biondich, MD, of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine with the 2016 Donald A.B. Lindburg Award for Innovation...

Using Data Analytics Tools for Healthcare Claims Management

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Effective claims management requires healthcare organizations to deploy a multi-faceted strategy that relies on data analytics and includes many phases of the revenue cycle, beginning when the patient schedules an appointment. The focus cannot...

SNOMED CT Code Framework Will Aid EHR Reporting, Interoperability

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A coalition of professional pharmacy societies and other stakeholders has released a new framework for mapping medication therapy management (MTM) services to the SNOMED CT codes used for EHR documentation, interoperability efforts, and quality...

CPT, SNOMED-CT Codes Ally to Boost Healthcare Data Integrity

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The American Medical Association and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) are engaging in a new collaborative agreement that will result in increased data integrity and better integration between two...

Cerner, Epic to See Improvements in EHR Patient-Reported Outcomes

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A new coalition of nine universities from across the country aims to improve the use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) data in electronic health records, including products from Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, by expanding the use of a...

AHIMA: Information Governance is Key for Trusted Healthcare Analytics

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Implementing a robust and comprehensive information governance framework across the healthcare organization is the first step to success in a value-based word that demands trusted, accurate, and timely analytics, AHIMA’s executive leaders...

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