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How Mayo Clinic Uses CDS Algorithms to Standardize Nurse Triage

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare system has always relied on primary care providers to be the initial point of contact for patients with routine care needs and low-level complaints – a role that has become increasingly important as organizations try to...“Not only did that help the clinics maintain access for the people who really needed to be seen, but we also believe it kept people who were contagious out of a setting where they could easily transfer the virus to others.” ...

Can $10B Solve Healthcare’s Big Data Analytics, Productivity Woes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Give me a lever long enough and a firm place to stand, and I shall move the world,” declared Archimedes in defense of the notion that with the right tools in place, the targeted application of a little force could shift a mass ...“The money wouldn’t be for investing in incentives to marginally improve the current state of the industry.  It’s for strategically investing in the right partners that can help us scale the best ideas out there. ...

Borrowed from Retail, Anthem’s Big Data Analytics Boost Member Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Commercial insurance companies are facing innumerable challenges as internal and external changes continue to buffet the healthcare industry.  As both leaders in the field of value-based care and for-profit entities subject to politica...Doing so, however, requires significant investment in cutting-edge technologies – including machine learning, predictive analytics, and natural language processing – that can accurately profile consumer behaviors and target mean...

Online Population Health Data Dashboard Grows to Include 500 Cities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Robust and actionable population health data at the city and neighborhood level is traditionally hard to come by, especially if community planners are looking for datasets presented in a slickly-packaged online dashboard free for public use...Users can currently explore 26 important measures of health and wellness in Waco, TX, Providence, RI, Flint, MI, and Kansas City, KS.  These measures include primary care coverage, unemployment and poverty rates, housing affordability ...The mapping tool relies on national-level datasets, Gourevitch said, from sources including the census and vital statistics data from organizations like the CDC.  The datasets are then recalculated to fit the geographic boundaries of t...Adding filters that allow users to compare their circumstances and performance with cities of similar size, geography, and residential composition is another item on the agenda. “A user would be able to say, ‘I’m a city of...

NJ Health System Pilots IBM Watson for Oncology Decision Support

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the healthcare system’s increasing reliance on digital technologies brings more and more big data into the clinical environment, providers facing some of the most difficult puzzles in diagnostics and treatment are turning to advanc...In partnership with Cota, which offers risk stratification, analytics, and benchmarking tools that help to guide decision-making, Hackensack Meridian is planning to bring its oncologists a wealth of new data to support better outcomes and l...

CancerLinQ Brings Big Data Insights to Oncology with FDA, NCI Partners

by Jennifer Bresnick

Oncology has always required providers to dig deeply into big data about their patients in order to develop treatment plans for some of the deadliest modern diseases. The explosion of interest in precision medicine, the easier availability ...As Chairman of the Board of Governors for CancerLinQ, Hudis has been overseeing the development, expansion, and integration of CancerLinQ into dozens of oncology practices across the country.  CancerLinQ is a big data analytics platfor...

Value-Based Care Requires Good Big Data, Better Communication

by Jennifer Bresnick

Brevity may be the soul of wit in the literary world, but it’s the opposite of a good thing when it comes to safe, comprehensive, and cost-effective patient care.  In the value-based care environment, where multiple entities may ...Transparent and comprehensive communication are essential for success in the pay-for-performance world, said Dr. Kristopher Brickman, FACEP, Director of the Emergency Department at the University of Toledo Medical Center and medic...Developing data exchange between disparate organizations “There is a complete disconnect between the SNF world and the rest of the care continuum,” lamented Brickman.  “None of the facilities are on the same system.&n...Patients often seek care within more than one health system, which complicates the task of tracking each individual’s activities. “We receive major benefit from having Care Everywhere from Epic,” said Jhangiani.  &ldq...Engaging patients to cut costs and improve outcomes Anderson might not always feel as if he has all the data he needs, but it isn’t for lack of trying.  “We know that the key to patient management is identifying those at th...And as the region’s provides polish up their patient engagement and community communication skills, he is expecting that number to keep moving upward.  “Patients don’t usually want to be unhealthy, but sometimes they ...

Collaboration, Big Data Help Phoenix Children’s Focus on Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Mergers, acquisitions, and new partnerships can be a scary prospect for healthcare organizations, no matter which side of the negotiating table they are occupying. In addition to potential cultural changes, staffing adjustments, and new wor...At Phoenix Children’s, one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country, a desire to offer comprehensive care to the community has led to a firm reliance on big data analytics to gather actionable financial and clinical insi...It is important to Phoenix Children’s that physicians own the process, Johnson stressed, and that the health system doesn’t institute “measurement for measurement’s sake,” which has often been identified as one...The approach has allowed the network to make strides in the care of common chronic conditions, such as asthma, by using the data to architect targeted strategies and roll out impactful best practices across the network. “A lot of orga...

New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers a...Even organizations that are willing to collaborate with their peers face innumerable technical and regulatory barriers, from patient privacy concerns and variations in state law to proprietary EHR data standards and patient matching issues....“When a patient appears in Arkansas at a facility that is part of the Arkansas HIE, the ADT message enters the Arkansas exchange,” Kendrick explained.  “Then the Arkansas HIE takes a look at that message and says, &ls...

Epic Systems EHR Brings Care Coordination to Walgreens Retail Clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare provid...Together, CVS Health and Walgreens operate around three-quarters of the retail clinic landscape, RAND says.  The rest of the environment is largely divided between Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Rite Aid, which is currently in the midst ...“And once the visit is complete, the PCP is able to use the same tool to see what occurred at the visit.  This gives us very robust connections to the primary care environment, and to specialists for that matter.” If the pa...

NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opport...The changes aim to create a much more user-friendly version of the popular practice transformation framework that avoids the pain points of previous iterations of the program, said Michael S. Barr, MD, Executive Vice President of the Qualit...

FHIR Can Move Genomics from Prediction to Precision Medicine

by Jennifer Bresnick

In just a few short decades, the field of genomics has expanded dramatically, transitioning from a specialized discipline of academic biology into a mainstay of clinical care at academic medical centers, dedicated precision medicine hubs, a...“Genetic data isn’t just a predictor anymore,” said Grant Wood, Senior IT Strategist at Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute.  “We can do so much more with it now other than just telling a patien...

Bidirectional Health Data Exchange Key to Behavioral Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

As more and more healthcare providers start moving into value-based care models that prioritize patient outcomes, they are quickly realizing that the current generation of health data exchange tools is not up to the task of coordinating car...“For example, my hospital can only push data to our HIE right now.  It’s great that other care providers can retrieve patient data from us.  But after we refer a patient to another provider, we have no clue what treatm...It may be largely ineffective to simply treat a single condition in isolation from a patient’s other needs, but the collaborative tools required to comprehensively treat a patient’s multifaceted requirements “simply aren&r...

athenahealth EHR App Marketplace Grows, Targets Patient mHealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

The recent flurry of interest in public application programming interfaces (APIs) as a way to connect disparate health data has prompted electronic health record vendors to open the floodgates to third-party developers with bright ideas abo...

Why an “Empty Desire” for Big Data is Inhibiting Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

For the most part, the healthcare industry has embraced the idea that access to big data is a critical part of doing business in the modern care environment.  But there’s a major difference between having big data and leveraging ...If provider organizations and their payer partners wish to bridge those gaps and prepare for a financial environment that prioritizes better outcomes, they will need to completely overhaul their approach to developing quality metrics, desig...

Physician Portal Aids Data Exchange for Stand-Alone Hospital

by Jennifer Bresnick

While much of the healthcare industry is turning to mergers, acquisitions, and economies of scale to combat the financial challenges of value-based care, there are still more than a few organizations that have committed to operational indep...

As FHIR Matures, Healthcare Interoperability Comes into Focus

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR, has quickly seared itself into the consciousness of the health IT industry, becoming one of the most promising methodologies for open, seamless data exchange. In just a fe...

Revenue Cycle Analytics Enable Value-Based Care for Pediatrics Group

by Jennifer Bresnick

Value-based care contracts are becoming increasingly popular for providers and payers looking to slim down spending and increase quality, but few organizations can truly flourish in the pay-for-performance environment if they do not have ro...With 150 providers at 36 different locations, it is imperative for Allied to develop deep insight into financial and clinical operations, says Robert Creaven, CMPE, MPA, Executive VP of Operations, especially as fierce competition and pay-f...Using data analytics to navigate the value-based care environment Identifying the problem is half the battle, he said, and organizations must have good data if they are to start the quality improvement process.  And for Allied, there&r...The critical role of the experienced office manager Physicians at Allied have a vested interest in making sure that their individual divisions are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and that means crafting a team of support st...Picking the optimal partner for shared growth and development Taking the time to find the right analytics vendor is just as important as making a concerted effort to secure the right administrative experts, Creaven said. “I actually p...

EHR, Big Data Analytics Success Hinges on Holistic Change Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus probably didn’t have electronic health records, value-based care, and big data analytics in mind when he said that “change is the only constant in life,” but most modern healthcare ...“That is often a very big mistake.  Change management is only effective when you follow the processes and experiences that surround a patient from when they walk into the door until they leave.  Organizations must understand...Healthcare organizations must learn how to develop a streamlined, step-by-step plan that builds towards their global vision without excluding major stakeholders in the process.  “Executive buy-in,” a favorite phrase of chan...

APIs Boost Care Coordination, Data Exchange at Northwell Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Northwell Health, the largest hospital system in the most populous metro region in the country, has a lot on its plate when it comes to conducting care coordination activities for more than 8 million people.   With 21 hospitals, over 2...But traditional document-based information exchange loosely tethered to the electronic health record simply won’t cut it in such a complex environment, said Northwell Health’s Chief Information Architect Vish Anantrama...

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