Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

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Precision Medicine, Population Health Share Strategies and Goals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Any organization that wants to have a hope of functioning smoothly divides its operations into distinct departments, each of which is in charge of a specific process.  Every member of the team contributes to the organization’s ul...

Epic App Orchard Encourages Developers to Use FHIR, Open APIs

by Jennifer Bresnick

At HIMSS17 in Orlando last month, the vendor halls were packed to the gills with companies touting the latest plug-and-play technologies that use emerging data standards to perform analytics, shuttle information between organizations, enhan...

Healthcare Analytics Help Mercy Uncover Cost, Quality Insights

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every spring, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition brings tens of thousands of healthcare stakeholders together under one massive roof to share best practices, explore the latest innovations, and brainstorm new strategies for achieving the T...In addition to reducing mortality from heart failure, improving antibiotic delivery time for pneumonia patients, and saving thousands of hours of staff time through clinical documentation improvement, Mercy has used healthcare big data anal...“Traditional analytics are like a lightbulb: ninety percent of the power is wasted in heat, and only ten percent is light.  With a lot of existing tools, you’re putting 80 or 90 percent of the effort into prep work, and you...

Health Data Exchange, EHR Dashboards Underpin a Successful ACO

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) come in all shapes and sizes, guided by a wide range of health IT philosophies.  Some ACOs demand total technical uniformity to standardize processes, while others encourage EHR individuality and a...“As an ACO, it is our responsibility to display information in a way that makes it very, very clear to the provider what action needs to take place next. We want the provider to have a really comprehensive view of patient behavio...

Unfiltered EHR Data Overloads Physicians, Perpetuates Burnout

by Jennifer Bresnick

Interoperability and seamless data exchange are all the rage among regulators and vendors looking to give providers every decision-making advantage they can.  From meaningful use and MACRA to 21st Century Cures, CommonWell, and Carequa...Physician burnout is an epidemic issue, especially for the worryingly large percentage of organizations still struggling to nail down the basics of electronic health record workflows.  In February of 2016, a survey by Studer Group foun...

What Healthcare IT Users Don’t Really Need to Know about FHIR

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry may not be the nimblest when it comes to adopting and truly optimizing new technologies, as most EHR users will readily agree.  Reluctance, denial, frustration, and confusion have been unfortunate hallmarks of t...“All of the vendors and provider organizations that need to know about it have heard of it,” said Jaffe.  “But the physician, the nurse, or the pharmacist using these tools – I don’t think they need to kno...“In her opening keynote, [IBM President and CEO] Ginni Rometty kept saying that this is the beginning of an era,” he said.  “For IBM, it’s because cognitive computing and artificial intelligence are finally beco...

Blockchain Will “Change the Physics” of Health Data Sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 40,000 healthcare stakeholders gather at the HIMSS Convention and Exhibition every year to get a good look at some of the most advanced and intriguing health IT tools on offer from hundreds of vendors, big and small, seeking to ha...Equal control means equal access for providers and patients Blockchain is still a new concept for healthcare, and the data sharing and storage methodology is still very closely associated with BitCoin, the notorious internet-based monetary ...In essence, a blockchain is a defined series of identical copies of information held locally by every member of the chain, instead of in a single, central repository.  When one entity within the community wants to make a change or addi...From consent to clarity, blockchain can break down data silos Blockchain has numerous potential applications in the healthcare space, starting, of course, with the development of personal health records that give patients unprecedented cont...Defining the scope of blockchain in the healthcare industry Blockchain is still finding its way into the consciousness of the healthcare industry, and Behlendorf is keenly aware that organizations like Hyperledger have their work cut o...

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Augmentation or Companionship?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every year, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition acts as a barometer for the health IT industry, reflecting the most promising trends and hottest buzzwords capturing the attention of regulators, developers, providers, and consultants. In 201...

Data Governance Key to Hospital’s Natural Language Query Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether inside or outside of the hospital, data is everywhere – and consumers of data are getting used to a certain level of speed, accuracy, and trustworthiness when they ask questions of Google, Siri, or Cortana.  In everyday l...Adding a query feature to the workflow would result in a more efficient use of resources, AAMC believed, but Lehr’s team faced the same data governance challenges that most healthcare organizations encounter: the data had to be define...Building a diverse and committed analytics team Healthcare organizations often struggle to assemble a team of data scientists and developers capable of undertaking such a process due to talent shortages, tight budgets, and poorly defined ex...Generating organizational enthusiasm to match technical achievements However, understanding the problem is only half the battle, Lehr pointed out.  End users across the organization must also understand the solution – and why the...

Why Value-Based Care Must Inspire Partnerships, Data Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

The only constant in the healthcare industry is change, but many providers are still working on their ability to keep up with the latest developments in population health management, value-based reimbursement, health information exchange, a...Backed by Cerner’s HealtheIntent data exchange technology, the collaboration is actively working to develop the communication tools that will allow them to improve outcomes, lower costs, and successfully navigate the transition to val...“Now they have to keep people healthy and coordinate care across the continuum, and they have to look at data from lots of different sources that may be saying lots of different things.  It’s really a very new way of approa...

Using Machine Learning to Target Behavioral Health Interventions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Behavioral healthcare has been getting a great deal of attention lately from health IT experts, and not just because of a growing recognition that good mental health is key to improving overall patients outcomes.  Behavioral health is ...“Mental healthcare is a perfect example of chronic disease with wide-ranging impacts and a massive number of variables,” explained Dr. Emma Stanton, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Beacon Health Options. “We don’...“But those models don’t always account for the outliers who are in the most need of more intensive care, like those with the lowest socioeconomic status and the ones with the greatest number of challenges.” Unstructured da...

Adult Vaccine Project Produces Population Health Best Practices

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of patients know that vaccines play a critically important role in population health management by protecting children against serious communicable diseases.  But fewer realize that regular adult immunizations are similarl...Pneumococcal vaccine rates among adults aged 65 or older, for example, currently sit around 60 percent, well below the Healthy People 2020 target of 90 percent or higher, leaving vulnerable patients exposed to preventable harm.  Approx...Building support for adult vaccination rate improvements “We knew we had a strong clinical case for why vaccines are important,” Taylor told HealthITAnalytics.com.  “The more vaccines you give, the more likely you are...“Value-based care is all about spending money wisely, and about preventing disease or catching disease early,” she said.  “If you can administer vaccines to people at an appropriate rate, you’re reducing the dis...Gathering the team to implement quality improvement strategies Participation in the AMGA project brought in $15,000 in funding to support improvements in provider education and help the team architect strategies for identifying and reaching...The team met to review current practices and discuss methods for improvement using national data, including guidelines from the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), to inform their next steps.    &ldquo...Leveraging big data analytics and risk stratification to conduct targeted outreach Staff education was only the first part of the battle, however.  Even though providers had a better understanding of when and where they should contact ...Applying the lessons learned to other population health management projects Across the collaborative, participating providers increased their pneumococcal vaccination rates in senior patients from 4 to 34 percent, representing an additional...Taylor credits TIC’s success to a strong team effort and a robust reporting system. “The fact that we reported on our progress every week was instrumental in getting these results,” she said.  “That level of dog...

Slavitt: Affordable Care Act Uncertainty Threatens Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Since the November 8 election, proponents of the Affordable Care Act have been nervously eyeing the executioner’s axe hanging above President Obama’s signature healthcare reform package, waiting for the heavily Republican Congre...“No provider is going to be immune from the negative financial consequences of people losing coverage.  If hospitals are going to go back to the days when they had another trillion dollars in bad debt, their ability to invest and...Pivoting the debate on repeal and replace Even before leaving his post, Slavitt used Twitter to share his fierce criticism of ACA naysayers, pointing out the benefits of enhanced coverage options, showcasing data on the legislation’s ...Twenty-eight percent wanted to review a replacement plan before the repeal process, while 47 percent do not want to see the law removed at all. “Americans don’t want loopholes,” Slavitt said.  “They don’t ...“MACRA has to be a national, collaborative effort” in order to succeed One piece of legislation that does, in fact, have bipartisan support is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  And in contrast to sq...Providers who don’t take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the penalty and incentive structure of the program that will replace meaningful use for eligible physicians are setting themselves up for painful reimbursement cu...Hitting the value-based care tipping point Regardless of what happens with the Affordable Care Act in the next few weeks or months, MACRA and the nation’s other value-based care initiatives are unlikely to fade away completely.  ...

IBM Bets Big on Blockchain for Value-Based Care, Data Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Blockchain may be one of the newest terms to join healthcare’s pantheon of big data buzzwords, but it is quickly becoming one of the most important.  The decentralized approach to data sharing could have profound impacts for the ...

Challenges of Applying Predictive Analytics to Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers are starting to become very familiar with the notion that data analytics can help to drive more informed clinical decision making, but organizations are largely still struggling to implement and leverage the big data to...Choosing a use case to produce measurable results Predictive analytics have started to find a home in the acute care environment, forecasting the development of sepsis, the chances of an elderly patient taking a dangerous fall, and even whe...Developing a comprehensive patient data portrait Most providers already possess the data assets required to implement a relatively simple risk score like the LACE Index, although getting access to that information – and augmenting it ...Preparing for the future of predictive analytics Few providers or health IT vendors have the answers to those difficult questions yet, but innovative data sources and new analytics processing techniques are likely to move the industry into ...

The Top 3 Planning Pain Points in Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Measure twice, cut once” is the advice given to do-it-yourselfers embarking on a new home improvement project, but healthcare organizations ramping up their big data analytics initiatives amidst regulatory pressures and the con...

Value-Based Care Starts with Basic Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations and their payer partners are learning very quickly that the transition from volume to value-based care is significantly more complicated than signing on the dotted line to switch reimbursement rates from one payment...

How Population Health in Med School Preps Docs for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is a curious mix of cutting-edge innovation and deeply entrenched traditions. Staggeringly complex surgical technologies, electronic health records, and interventions tailored to each patient’s unique DNA live ...

Using Big Data Analytics, Systems Engineering to Tackle Sepsis

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sepsis is a silent and shockingly effective killer, causing mortality in close to a third of patients, but researchers at North Carolina State University are planning to make big data analytics an even more powerful force than this insidiou...

AHIMA: Information Governance is Key for Trusted Healthcare Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Implementing a robust and comprehensive information governance framework across the healthcare organization is the first step to success in a value-based word that demands trusted, accurate, and timely analytics, AHIMA’s executive lea...

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