Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

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What Are the Social Determinants of Population Health?

Financially and clinically successful population health management programs must take much more into account than what happens to a patient while she is sitting on the exam table.  As the healthcare system’s responsibility expands beyond the clinic walls and into the community, the need to understand and address the social determinants of health has become a top priority. Helping...


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Leveraging Business Intelligence for Healthcare Management

Considering that the phrase “value-based care” is almost always immediately followed by a discussion about how to trim inefficiencies and improve patient outcomes, few industries are more in need of comprehensive insight into their...

Data Integrity Strategies for Patient Matching, Identification

Patient matching errors are an insidious but all-too-common threat to patient safety in the healthcare setting.  While providers have generally embraced the idea that a patient’s electronic record should follow her from the moment...

Turning Healthcare Big Data into Actionable Clinical Intelligence

Healthcare organizations on the hunt for lower costs, better outcomes, and value-based care bonuses have invested heavily in hoarding as much big data as they can get their hands on.  From customer service call logs and clinical documentation...

How Do Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Differ in Healthcare?

If the futurists, visionaries, and venture capitalists are to be believed, artificial intelligence is right on the cusp of becoming the most important breakthrough for healthcare since penicillin.  Self-driving cars, scary-smart advertising,...

FHIR Finally Brings the Internet to Bear on Healthcare’s Big Data

Few modern technologies have been quite as transformational as the internet.  Pervading every facet of daily life, the information superhighway that society has come to know and love – and occasionally loathe – has enabled a...

Can Application Programming Interfaces Inspire a Better EHR?

Almost everybody can recall being told the stories of Archimedes in the bath and Isaac Newton under the apple tree experiencing spontaneous moments of ingenuity and inspiration that irrevocably changed how scientists – and everyone who...

Judy Faulkner: Epic is Changing the Big Data, Interoperability Game

In the flashy, crowded, dizzyingly large vendor halls at the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, attendees tend to find their way around by using some of the biggest, tallest, or most unique booths as a compass.  A left at Cerner; a...

Health Information Governance Strategies for Unstructured Data

While electronic health records still have the potential to standardize care by enabling advanced analytics and informing clinical decision-making, much of the data held within these systems – and a large proportion of the data used in...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

Using Risk Scores, Stratification for Population Health Management

Population health management requires providers to maintain a delicate balance between taking a long view of generalized patient trends and focusing personal attention on the individual and the distinctive circumstances that will influence her...

Addressing Opioid Abuse with Analytics, Population Health Strategies

Opioid abuse is among the deadliest population health crises in America, with opioid-related overdoses taking an average of 44 lives each day.  Fueled largely by a precipitous rise in legal prescriptions for highly addictive painkillers,...

How Healthcare Can Prep for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

The term “artificial intelligence” often conjures up visions of apocalyptic landscapes decimated by hyper-intelligent machines with a penchant for destroying societies foolish enough to place their trust in autonomous robots and android...

Which Healthcare Big Data, Business Intelligence Vendors are Most Popular?

Electronic health records may have reached a whopping 96 percent of hospitals in 2016, but healthcare providers have not yet reached such great heights when it comes to purchasing and implementing business intelligence (BI) tools that harness...

Exploring the Use of Blockchain for EHRs, Healthcare Big Data

The Office of the National Coordinator might not always get what it wants when it comes to industry cooperation, but ONC officials have been pleasantly surprised by the positive response to its informational blockchain challenge. The agency found...

How to Get Started with a Population Health Management Program

Healthcare providers are well aware by now that there is no magic solution to the incredibly complex conundrum of systemic reform.  Depending on who you ask, the answer to the puzzle of the Triple Aim is either more technology, less technology,...

How Fog Computing May Power the Healthcare Internet of Things

The healthcare industry has always had a bit of a rocky relationship with information technology, and the Internet of Things is shaping up to be no exception.  As devices get smaller and data gets bigger, providers are still struggling with...

What is the Role of Natural Language Processing in Healthcare?

For many providers, the healthcare landscape is looking more and more like a shifting quagmire of regulatory pitfalls, financial quicksand, and unpredictable eruptions of acrimony from overwhelmed clinicians on the edge of revolt. The industry...

The Role of Healthcare Data Governance in Big Data Analytics

Data has always been the lifeblood of the healthcare industry.  From blood pressure readings and surgical records to insurance claims, immunization histories, patient demographics, and payment receipts, every action of every member of the...

Preventing Big Data Pain Points During a Healthcare Encounter

When it comes to the healthcare space, the term “big data” may seem needlessly redundant.  After all, each and every patient generates a staggering amount of information each second they’re in the clinical setting. ...

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