Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Analytics Infrastructure

Which Vendors Lead the Healthcare Big Data Analytics Market?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals and health systems are snapping up big data analytics and population health management technologies at a breakneck pace as they prepare to meet the challenges of value-based reimbursement, regulatory reform, and demanding patient expectations. ...

Big Data Visualization Improves ED Patient Flow, Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is a familiar and powerful adage for data scientists and statisticians across many different industries, but it’s a message that the healthcare system is just starting...

Will the Epic Systems “App Orchard” Grow EHR Interoperability?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Epic Systems isn’t necessarily known for its gregarious nature, but a new trademark application for the EHR giant’s upcoming app store may indicate that the company is hoping to branch out a little. After setting the industry abuzz...

Decoding the Top 10 Buzzwords of Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data.  The Internet of Things.  Population health management.  Cognitive computing, machine learning, natural language processing, and informatics.  PQRS, CPOE, MU, BI, and IG.  The healthcare information technology...

Small, Rural Hospitals Continue EHR Adoption, HIE Struggles

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nation’s smallest and most isolated hospitals are still significantly behind the EHR adoption curve, though healthcare providers have made admirable strides towards implementing health information technologies that can help them attest...

Why are EHR Alerts, Clinical Decision Support So Ineffective?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Backed by sophisticated big data analytics algorithms and advanced clinical know-how, EHR alerts are supposed to be the solution to the deadly problems of adverse drug events and inappropriate prescribing.  Clinical decision support features...

Top Five Reasons Why Providers Hate the EHR Incentive Programs

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Hate” may seem like a strong word to use for describing a series of regulations intended to improve the quality and delivery of patient care, but it barely scratches the surface for many providers responding to the public comment...

DOD Awards $77M Healthcare Big Data Analytics Contract to CACI

by Jennifer Bresnick

True health data interoperability with the VA may still be years away, but the Department of Defense isn’t letting the glacial pace of its sprawling suite of health IT modernization projects sit idle for long.  In pursuit of improved...

Four Big Data Governance Tasks to Prep for the Internet of Things

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry isn’t always known as an eager early adopter of new technologies, but it seems to be making an exception for the Internet of Things: a loosely interconnected web of internet enabled devices, which can provide extraordinary...

HIMSS: Don’t Oversimplify EHR Interoperability Data Standards

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is no question that developing a codified set of broadly applicable data standards to improve EHR interoperability and health information exchange is hard work – a challenge that the Office of the National Coordinator and other healthcare...

Legacy Big Data Analytics, IoT Tools Unable to Meet Demand

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics just ain’t what it used to be, and the infrastructure tools that used to adequately support healthcare organizations and other enterprise ventures are no longer able to perform their duties appropriately, according to...

What Makes for a Successful Accountable Care Organization?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare and private payers have both pinned a large part of their financial hopes on developing the accountable care organization, which aims to improve coordination, cut costs, and raise quality in a fiscally responsible – but somewhat...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics in Med School Marks Turning Point

by Jennifer Bresnick

With all of the comments made about Millennials these days – their unbreakable addiction to technology; the high value they place on meaningful, informed, predictive services; their demand for flexibility and personalized care – it...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Aids Financial IT Benchmarking

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers worried about the ongoing costs of implementing, optimizing, and maintaining information technology systems must have an accurate and effective way to gauge the expenses of their initiatives in a standardized, meaningful...

Epic Tanks on EHR Usability, Interoperability Scores for EDs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Epic scooped up the unenviable distinction of being the lowest rated major EHR for usability and interoperability within the emergency department setting, according to the latest Black Book poll.  With distinctive workflow and information...

Population Health Management Requires Process, Payment Changes

by Jennifer Bresnick

With the healthcare industry changing in a thousand different ways all at once, it’s often difficult for organizations to find an entry point into long-term strategic initiatives like population health management and accountable care. Providers...

Six Foundational Steps for Better Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

As value-based reimbursement and accountable care continue their march towards dominance in the evolving healthcare ecosystem, robust and effective population health management techniques are quickly becoming a critical competency for primary...

UCSF Takes Aim at Health Data Interoperability with New Platform

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR vendors aren’t the only ones with a newly vested interest in health data interoperability, and they certainly don’t have a lock on the health information exchange innovation marketplace.   In conjunction with Cisco, the University...

Why the C-Suite is Critical for Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Up until a few years ago, healthcare organizations have been content to relegate their big data analytics projects to the IT department or a few tech-savvy physicians with big plans for their EHRs.  Reporting on clinical quality or patient...

Will Inadequate Metrics Doom the Accountable Care Organization?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations are all about the data.  Detailed quality reporting and cost benchmarking are the hallmarks of this value-based reimbursement model, and the carefully balanced system of risk, savings, performance, and quality...

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