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In-Hospital Prescriptions Boost Medication Adherence by 29%

July 26, 2016 - Making medications available at the point of care can improve medication adherence rates by up to 29 percent, according to recent research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study involved an analysis of diabetic Medicare patients in an at-risk hospital serving a predominantly minority population. By examining medication adherence rates for three types of diabetes medications...


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HHS Targets Population Health, Big Data with $36M in Grants

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More than a thousand primary care and safety net providers in forty-one states and Puerto Rico will benefit from $36 million in health IT development funding doled out by the Department of Health and Human Services this month.  The grants...

CMS Selects 516 Orgs for Population Health Management Program

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According to a recent announcement, CMS has selected 516 participants to join the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model, a five-year population health management initiative designed to prevent heart attacks and strokes among...

Cancer Moonshot Flags Basic Big Data Woes of Precision Medicine

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The Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot may be generating enormous cross-industry enthusiasm, but the research community must address some of its most foundational systemic problems if it is going to successfully cure cancer,...

$335K Grant Supports Chronic Disease Management for Lupus

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A $335,000 grant from the HHS Office of Minority Health will help the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) strengthen its chronic disease management programs for patients with lupus, the organization announced this week. The Lupus Initiative,...

FDA Drafts Docs on Next-Gen Sequencing for Precision Medicine

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As part of its effort to advance precision medicine and genomics research, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has released two draft guidance documents that would implement regulatory processes for developing and using next-generation sequencing...

Data Overload May Impede Healthcare Internet of Things Growth

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The Internet of Things (IoT) may simply be too hot for the healthcare industry to handle as organizations continue to struggle with the huge amount of data produced by wearables, sensors, remote monitors, and other medical devices. Forty-two...

State-Led Programs Help Meet Population Health Management Goals

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While providers work in the trenches to improve patient outcomes and hospital quality, many states have also established population health management programs to boost the region’s overall healthcare performance. A new online resource from...

EHR Data Integrity Not Robust Enough for Clinical Trial Use

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EHR data is not strong enough to support research and clinical trials, says the American Medical Informatics Association. In a letter commenting on the FDA’s draft guidance on the use of EHR data in clinical trials and research, AMIA says...

Semantic Computing, Predictive Analytics Need Reliable Metadata

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As the healthcare industry reaches the saturation point of electronic health record adoption, and slowly moves past the pain of the implementation process, it may seem like the right time to stop thinking so much about hammering home basic data...

Population Health Scorecard Shows Geographical Divides in Quality

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Much of the nation gets a passing grade for care quality, access, and overall population health, according to new data from the Commonwealth Fund, but striking differences in performance, outcomes, and affordability of basic services persist...

Global Precision Medicine Study Explores Genetics of Diabetes

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More than three hundred scientists in twenty-two countries around the world have collaborated on a global precision medicine effort to understand the genetic roots of Type 2 diabetes, using genomic big data from more than 100,000 patients. The...

Historical Big Data Analytics Study will Examine Dementia

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Kaiser Permanente is reaching back in time with its latest big data analytics research effort aimed at illuminating risk factors associated with brain health and the development of dementia.  Using information from physical exams conducted...

Rural Healthcare Grants Tackle Population Health Management

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Rural healthcare organizations often operate under several major disadvantages compared to their urban and suburban counterparts.  Small facilities with shoestring funding and limited access to advanced care providers and technologies have...

5 Test Cases to Prove the Value of Population Health Management

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Even for the most enthusiastic and forward-thinking healthcare organization, developing robust and impactful population health management programs can be a difficult proposition.  Budget constraints, a lack of commitment from executive leaders,...

Poor Medication Adherence Impacts Close to Half of Diabetics

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Nearly half of Medicare diabetic patients are unable to keep up with recommended medication adherence rates, according to a new report from IMS Health, leading to serious chronic disease complications and millions in preventable spending. Diabetic...

ONC Exploring Use of Blockchain in EHRs, Healthcare IoT Devices

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The Office of the National Coordinator is looking at the possibility of adding blockchain technology to its health IT arsenal by offering cash prizes for the best research papers addressing the subject.  As part of a new challenge issued...

Precision Medicine Initiative Grows through Grant Funding

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The Precision Medicine Initiative has been making headlines as several research hospitals and healthcare experts have received development funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Late last week, both Vanderbilt University Medical...

Cognitive Computing Use Grows in Precision Medicine for Cancer

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While the national Precision Medicine Initiative and its private industry counterparts are not focused solely on the search for a cure for cancer, the strategies, tools, and technologies that comprise this multi-faceted effort are well-suited...

Lack of Big Data Analytics Agility Hobbles Healthcare Orgs

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Healthcare organizations are not necessarily known for embracing innovation at the speed of light, but the relentless pace of technological and regulatory disruption bombarding the industry has started to require additional attention to the ability...

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