Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

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Nurses Play a Critical Role in EHR Optimization, Data Governance

by Jennifer Bresnick

Most healthcare organizations have now celebrated at least a handful of anniversaries with their electronic health records, and are now coming to the realization that implementation was only the start of a long and often difficult optimizat...“Implementation is just the beginning,” she told HealthITAnalytics.com.  “It’s a journey that evolves over time as you become more sophisticated users of the system.  How you govern that journey is key for ...

Natural Language Processing, Voice Tools Offer Solutions to EHR Woes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are relatively new additions to the tools and applications that now power a large portion of the healthcare industry, but some providers have been using aspects of these strategies for much longe...For many healthcare providers, including those practicing at Pennsylvania-based WellSpan Health, natural language processing tools can be a game changing option for interacting with the electronic health record. “Voice recognition can...

Predictive Analytics, Care Management Combine for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations shifting away from fee-for-service, encounter-based care models often find themselves adding traditionally non-billable services to their care management repertoires in an effort to get ahead of chronic diseases and...The challenge gets even more complicated when certain segments of the provider’s population are subject to risk-based arrangements and others are not.  Providers are moving slowly and carefully into the value-based environment, a...Congestive heart failure patients have seen similarly positive results.  Carelink helped bring about an 11.8 percent increase in CHF patients discharged to the home environment and a 13.9 percent reduction in unplanned 90-day readmissi...

Machine Learning Can Quiet “Building Crescendo” of EHR Dissatisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

The notion that electronic health records are difficult to work with and cumbersome to use has become a worryingly common theme across the healthcare industry.  Providers working in organizations of all sizes, settings, and specialties...“We now have a platform that is virtually all digital, and it is generating all sorts of valuable information for us that can be analyzed and leveraged in multiple ways,” said Black to HealthITAnalytics.com.  “Un...

Verma: CMS Will “Use Every Lever” for Promoting Interoperability, Data Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doubling down on its commitment to health data interoperability and ensuring that patients have comprehensive access to their own health data, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in an ...“We’re ready to go the last mile when it comes to interoperability,” said Verma. “There has been a lot of work done in terms of making sure providers are using electronic health records, and that’s great.&rdquo...

Value-Based Care Requires Clear Analytics Goals, Scalable Health IT

by NextGen Healthcare

As the principles of value-based care become increasingly important for success in the healthcare delivery environment, provider organizations are facing some tough choices around how much financial risk they are prepared to take. A commitm...

How NPs, PAs Add Value to Population Health Management Teams

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can offer vital support to organizations undergoing their value-based care transitions, especially as providers start to develop population health management teams.  With an expa...NPs differ slightly from their PA colleagues in that the educational program is based in a nursing model, Knestrick added, which lends itself well to the primary care environment. “Coming from a nursing model, holistic care, preventio...

Data Analytics, Agile Implementation Speed Healthcare Quality Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has been through numerous trials in recent years, from the financial and technical alterations brought by the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act to the rise of consumerism and the advent of the digital age. While...Coupled with the very real challenges of big data analytics and the financial pressures of population health management and value-based care, healthcare organizations are in dire need of new strategies to help them manage patients more effe...“It takes an average of seventeen years to implement only about 15 percent of evidence-based solutions in the healthcare industry,” Boustani noted.  “Seventeen years is far too long when you have patients’ lives in your hands.” “If you thin...Working in the safety-net environment can be a challenge, but it is also a prime opportunity to explore just how robust and durable a new strategy can be. “If you can make something like this happen in the safety-net world, you can probably...

Medical Imaging is Healthcare’s Artificial Intelligence Bellwether

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has innumerable opportunities to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning in pursuit of more accurate, proactive, and comprehensive patient care.  From reducing administrative burdens to supporting ...“There are so many moving pieces when it comes to artificial intelligence,” said Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, Chief Data Science Officer and Corporate Director of Enterprise Medical Imaging at Partners Healthcare.  “Imaging...“Our capabilities are growing exponentially, but so are our needs.  We’re moving from 2D data to 3D data in some cases, and everyone is using larger and more complex datasets.  One of the grand challenges is creating t...

AHA Precision Medicine Platform Offers Up Data for Machine Learning

by Jessica Kent

Precision medicine driven by machine learning offers the promise of tailored, individualized treatment, improved patient outcomes, and better overall population health. However, the promise of precision medicine is often overshadowed by the...AHA is partnering with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) to develop and test machine learning methods on AHA’s cloud-based Precision Medicine Platform, which allows researchers from all over the world to collaborate and acce...

Real-Time Scheduling Data Helps BIDCO Manage Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

At Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), coordinating care and managing population health for the patients of more than 2500 affiliated providers comes with a number of organizational and technical challenges. More than 40 differ...In order to deliver coordinated, high-quality care across a relatively fragmented health IT landscape, BIDCO is leaning heavily on its analytics skills and big data assets, says Chief Information Officer Bill Gillis. Centralizing the data p...

The 7 Step Plan to Success with Big Data Analytics in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry may be going through a seemingly endless period of flux, but there are a few unchanging truths about big data analytics that can help guide executive leaders through troubled times. Planning, preparation, and a firm ...The integrated delivery system, which includes eight hospitals in New Mexico, also serves about half a million Medicaid, commercial, and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries through its health plans. Integrating delivery and reimbursement at su...

Partners Sets the Tone for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the fact that the healthcare industry hit its EHR saturation point some time ago, providers and vendors are still eagerly engaged in dialogue about the utilization and continued optimization of health IT tools. But the topics of deb...

Da Vinci Project Brings HL7 FHIR to Payers for Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

In just a few short years, HL7 FHIR has exploded in popularity to enable unprecedented connectivity across the healthcare ecosystem.    The internet-based data standard has started to hit its stride at a pivotal moment for provide...“Argonaut spurred the DaVinci Project specifically to enable access to granular clinical data for payers,” said HL7 International CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, to HealthITAnalytics.com at HIMSS18.  “It’s very impo...Small discrepancies between clinical documentation and claims generated from that encounter can create major problems for population health management, risk scoring, and outcomes-based reimbursement, continued Jaffe, citing an example he ha...

CVS Health Cuts Red Tape with Real-Time Prescription Cost Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Access to real-time data at the point of care may be one of the healthcare industry’s highest priorities, yet it remains one of its most elusive goals.  From interoperability issues, workflow barriers, and data aggregation woes t...Since November of 2017, CVS Health and CVS Caremark, its pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) arm, have been offering real-time prescription benefit data to providers and pharmacists as a way to streamline a complex and often frustrating part of ...

EHR, Lab Data Support Pediatric AKI Analytics Dashboard

by Jennifer Bresnick

At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, reducing the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) is an exercise in elegant analytical simplicity.  Without extra funding, new vendors, or a massive organizational effort, Dr. K...The solution allows physicians to easily monitor kidney function levels, make adjustments to nephrotoxic medications, and ensure that pediatric patients are getting the kidney care they need, no matter what brought them into the hospital to...Monitoring kidney function in near-real time can be challenging, he pointed out, due to the nature of creatinine, which is of one of the most reliable markers of kidney health. “Unfortunately, creatinine levels don’t start to ri...Kher credits the successes to a combination of making timely data more available and raising general awareness of how and why AKI occurs. “Naturally, it increases awareness when you get a text message every morning, and I have made a ...

Big Data Analytics, Governance Align CHI’s 100+ Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter what their scope or scale, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with developing the data analytics and governance competencies to gain much-needed visibility into their opportunities to improve. Organizations big and smal...The sheer size of the $15.9 billion organization, which also includes employed providers, ambulatory clinics, home health facilities, and other environments, sets it apart from many of the country’s other healthcare delivery networks....

Change Healthcare Pushes Scale, Finds Value in Blockchain

by Jennifer Bresnick

Blockchain has quickly risen to become one of the most talked-about technologies in the healthcare sector and elsewhere, dangling a tantalizing “chain of trust” in front of an industry yearning for easier, more secure, and more ...By linking together communities of participants, all with shared power and responsibility to track changes through timestamps and confirm that transactions or data exchanges are valid and allowable, blockchain has the potential to eliminate...

Using Business Intelligence to Fine-Tune Operating Room Utilization

by Jennifer Bresnick

Surgical space is a finite resource for hospitals and health systems, and it is also one of the most important.  Long wait times for an operating room are simply unacceptable for most physicians and their patients, especially when emer...Boston Medical Center has around 400 beds and 24 operating rooms. “That means scheduling OR time can be extremely complex,” Huang explained to HealthITAnalytics.com.  “It’s not a very good look when you have phy...

How the Healthcare “Value Chain” Leads to Big Data Analytics Success

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations may come in many different sizes, shapes, and specialties, but all providers working in the industry today have one major trait in common: their big data is getting bigger by the minute – and leveraging these ...“All of us are trying to figure out ways to enhance value from our data, make it higher quality, and make it more reliable,” stated Dr. Joe Kimura, Chief Medical Officer at Atrius Health, at the 2017 Boston Value-Based Care...

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