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Cost is a Primary Driver of Medication Non-Adherence Rates


The high cost of prescription drugs is what drives 67 percent of patients into medication non-adherence, according to the latest Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll, contributing to a multi-billion-dollar issue that is of particular concern...

Open Source EHR Generator Delivers Healthcare Big Data with FHIR


Healthcare data analysts frustrated by the lack of access to large volumes of clean, trusted, and complete patient data can now take advantage of an open source EHR data generator platform called Synthea. One million synthetic patient records...

Patient Safety at Risk as 52% of Adults Misuse Prescriptions, Opioids


More than half of adult patients misused one or more prescription drugs in 2016, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis, including legal and illegal opioids.  The high rate of substance misuse – including the 22 percent of specimens...

$240M IBM, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab Has Healthcare Focus


Continuing its aggressive push into artificial intelligence in healthcare and elsewhere, IBM is working with MIT to invest $240 million over the next ten years in a collaborative laboratory environment dedicated to machine learning, cognitive...

CDC Awards $28.6M for Big Data Analytics to Track Opioid Abuse


Improving the nation’s big data analytics capabilities is critical for success in the ongoing fight against opioid abuse at the state level, says the CDC, as the substance abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities on a massive scale....

Transparency is Key for Clinical Decision Support, Machine Learning Tools


Developers and vendors of clinical decision support tools, especially those based on machine learning, must be transparent about their methodologies, capabilities, data sources, and limitations if providers are to rely on their products, says...

Machine Learning 84% Accurate at Flagging Dementia within 2 Years


A machine learning algorithm using protein biomarkers to identify Alzheimer’s disease was able to accurately identify imaging studies of patients progressing into dementia 84 percent of the time, according to a new study published in the...

How Many Emergency Department Visits are Really Avoidable?


Reducing emergency department utilization is a top goal for many population health management and value-based care initiatives, but how many trips to the ED could actually be classified as “avoidable” in the first place? According...

NIH Grants UCSF $11.7M for Pediatric Precision Medicine Equity


Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have received a four-year, $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue prenatal and pediatric precision medicine breakthroughs. The Program in Prenatal...

The Difference Between Clinical Decision Support, Big Data Analytics


Healthcare organizations have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to leveraging their growing big data assets.  From population health platforms and supply chain management tools to clinical decision support and business intelligence...

All of Us Precision Medicine Network Expands with $13.8M in Grants


The All of Us precision medicine initiative is continuing its steady growth with a new round of grants aimed at bolstering recruiting efforts and enrolling a diverse patient population in the large-scale genomic databank. The National Institutes...

Pharma, Tech Companies Set to Restructure Healthcare Big Data Market


The healthcare big data market is set another in a long series of revolutions as life science, precision medicine, consumer technology, and “omics” companies start to infuse their influence into a rapidly changing analytics environment....

CHIME, DirectTrust Partner for “Universal” Health Data Exchange


CHIME and DirectTrust have entered a partnership geared towards enabling the “universal deployment” of the DirectTrust secure health data exchange framework, the two organizations announced today. The healthcare CIO professional organization...

Optum Buys Advisory Board’s Population Health, Data Analytics for $1.3B


The Advisory Board Company has announced the sale of its population health, data analytics, and healthcare consulting services to Optum, the UnitedHealth Group’s health technology services division. The sale forms half of a two-part, $2.58...

Why Patient-Reported Outcomes Data is Key to Healthcare Quality


Considering that the ultimate goal of healthcare is to help patients live high-quality, productive lives, it would seem that patient-reported outcomes data should be the foundation upon which all quality improvement efforts are built.  Yet...

Diabetes Medication Adherence Cuts Costs by 4%, Boosts Outcomes


Using patient-centered diabetes medication adherence strategies can reduce individual patient costs by around 4 percent while setting the stage for better outcomes, according to a new report by Express Scripts.  The potential for savings...

Patient Matching, Health IT Standards Critical for Interoperability


Trustworthy interoperability of accurate, meaningful, and timely health data must be predicated upon reliable patient matching techniques and widely shared health IT standard, states the Pew Charitable Trusts in a letter addressed to National...

EHR Natural Language Processing Flags Social Determinant Search Terms


Applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to the electronic health record can help providers identify key terms associated with the social determinants of health, says a new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital. Using QPID,...

Optum Risk Management Analytics Cut Opioid Use by 14%


UnitedHealth Group’s Optum analytics services are helping to significantly reduce improper usage of opioids and bring providers in step with recognized clinical guidelines.  By placing limits on the amount and duration of opioid prescriptions...

Big Data Analytics Resource Center Takes Aim at Pediatric Cancer


The Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will use a $14.8 million NIH grant to explore the root causes of pediatric cancer and structure birth defects.  With the help...


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