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Achieving Broad Interoperability, HIE by Building Community

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Interoperability is often described as the ability of disparate EHR systems to directly exchange data in a standardized way, but truly effective interoperable health information exchange may require a third party to facilitate the transaction...

Can EHR-Based Prior Authorization Improve Medication Adherence?

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Medication adherence is a pervasive, expensive, multi-faceted problem in the healthcare industry, costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year in preventable spending.  While patients are ultimately responsible for ensuring that they refill...

Can mHealth, Predictive Analytics Improve Care Coordination?

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Providers are seeking value in mHealth, but better predictive analytics may be required to make patient-generated health data truly effective. Providers and patients are both finding value in mHealth and telehealth technologies that help turn...

AHRQ Grant Will Bring Informatics to EHR Optimization

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A study on EHR optimization hopes to help providers leverage health IT without succumbing to productivity losses or adversely affecting the quality of care. A $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will...

How Useful Are Wearable Devices for Patients, Providers?

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Patient-generated health data (PGHD) is an increasingly important piece of population health and chronic disease management, but wearable devices that track fitness, diet, and sleep data aren’t without their problems.  In addition to physician...

Clinical Analytics Adoption Lags behind Accountable Care

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Value-based reimbursement is moving quickly towards the mainstream, but organizations lack the clinical analytics technology to help them make the switch. Most providers agree that value-based reimbursement is on track to take over the healthcare...

Benefits and Challenges of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

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How can providers overcome the challenges of creating the patient-centered medical home? There are a lot of good things to be said for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, which has been credited with reducing healthcare costs, boosting...

ONC Pilot Focuses on PGHD, Patient Engagement, HIE Start-Ups

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ONC hopes to smooth the process of bringing patient engagement, HIE, and care coordination technologies to the market through a new partnership program. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is getting into the matchmaking game to encourage...

70% of Patients Want EHR Data Sharing Despite Security Concerns

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Patients remain deeply concerned about EHR data sharing security even as they recognize the benefits of HIE for better care. Despite continued, widespread concerns over the security of EHR data, patients generally understand the necessity for...

84% of Struggling Hospitals Put Population Health on Hold

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Population health management is on the back burner for the majority of hospitals attempting to retool their revenue cycle infrastructure. The majority of financially struggling hospitals may be pinning their hopes for a brighter future on population...

How HIEs Contribute to Clinical Analytics, Population Health

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Health information exchanges are becoming increasingly important for population health management and clinical analytics in an era of interoperability. With the tight focus on EHR interoperability and data sharing among partners along the healthcare...

Top EHR Data Interoperability, Clinical Analytics Pain Points

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While EHR adoption has hit the big leagues, data interoperability, clinical analytics, and population health management are still significantly lagging behind. Hospital executives and clinical end-users continue to add to the growing chorus of...

PA Establishes Prescription Drug Database for Care Coordination

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The new electronic monitoring database aims to help reduce substance abuse and provide better coordination of care. Pennsylvania will establish a statewide prescription drug database in an attempt to improve care coordination and reduce doctor...

Interoperability, Population Health Remain Top EHR Challenges

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Population health management, EHR optimization, and data integration are still causing trouble for providers, a new survey reveals. EHR interoperability, population health management, and data integration between health IT systems remain among...

HIMSS Analytics: CAC Tools Slated for Growth Ahead of ICD-10

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Computer assisted coding (CAC) applications are becoming increasingly popular in hospitals as healthcare organizations gear up for ICD-10, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market report.  Of the 25...

Interoperability, Data Exchange Help Transform Post-Acute Care

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Developing a seamless, interoperable health IT infrastructure that meets the data exchange needs of a network of post-acute care facilities is a daunting task for a healthcare organization, especially one as large as Consulate Health Care (CHC). ...

Why Is CDI Important for Clinical Analytics, Data Integrity?

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ICD-10 might be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to clinical documentation improvement (CDI), but fine-tuning the structure, detail, and content of the clinical note is an initiative that has far-reaching benefits for everything...

Navigating the Complexity of Quality Measure Reporting

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In this fifth post of this series, we discuss the challenge posed by the complex and rapidly growing quality measurement ecosystem, and the steps we took to find our way out of that measure wilderness. Imagine if every town you crossed into had...

AMA: Meaningful use must foster quality data, interoperability

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Meaningful use isn’t doing its job when it comes to fostering clean, quality data and health IT interoperability, the American Medical Association (AMA) states in a letter to CMS and the ONC, nor does it allow for effective quality reporting. ...

How much structured EHR data is needed for clinical analytics?

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Structured EHR data may seem like the gold standard for data-driven healthcare, but capturing clinical data in standardized formats with check boxes and drop-downs can sap time and energy from clinicians and affect the patient-provider relationship. ...

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