Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

High-Need Patients a Challenge for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients with functional limitations that keep them from living independently are a major challenge for providers focused on population health management, according to a new Commonwealth Fund data brief, especially because these patients incur...

Integrated Care Delivery May Bring Better Outcomes, Lower Costs

by Nathan Boroyan

Integrated care delivery in a team-based primary care setting has the potential to provide better patient outcomes, fewer hospital visits and lower costs, according to a 10-year study conducted by Intermountain Healthcare. Published in the Journal...

Baltimore Population Health Plan Focuses on Racial Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Baltimore’s struggles with racial inequality have been a fixture in national headlines in recent months, and its troubling population health disparities form a significant part of the problem.  In order to address the stark differences...

Digital Chronic Disease Management Boosts Diabetes Self-Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using digital health tools to promote self-care may be an effective way to improve chronic disease management programs aimed at diabetes, says a new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research.  A six-week workshop that includes...

CDC Focuses on Patient Safety with Expanded Sepsis Education

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are putting a spotlight on patient safety in its newest Vital Signs report, which highlights the dangers of sepsis, an often-deadly infection that may be more insidious than previously thought....

CMS Revamps Team-Based Home Care Program for Elderly Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the nation’s patient population continues to trend older and care coordination becomes increasingly important for participation in value-based care programs, CMS is taking some time to tweak one of its team-based home care initiatives....

Open Population Health Analytics Flag Philly Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

The City of Philadelphia has released an online, freely available population health analytics application that highlights health disparities and socioeconomic determinates of health at a neighborhood level.  The Community Health Explorer...

Synchronized Pick-Up Boosts Medication Adherence Up to 13%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who are able to collect all their prescriptions during a single trip to the pharmacy are up to thirteen percent more likely to demonstrate acceptable medication adherence, says a new study published in Health Affairs.  The research,...

Using Claims, Lab, and Clinical Analytics to Discover Diabetics

by Fatima Paruk, MD, MPH

Combining and normalizing data from numerous, disparate sources to effectively manage population health across the spectrum of care is necessary, yet presents us with significant challenges today. Through industry innovation and collaboration...

How the Search for Smart Data Drives Healthcare IT Investment

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s no question that the healthcare industry has become extremely “data rich” over the past few years.  Thanks to the rapid pace of electronic health record adoption, the vast majority of healthcare organizations are...

CMS Seeks Providers for Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications for practices to participate in its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) delivery model. According to a press release, the agency is looking for approximately...

Predictive Big Data Analytics Identify High-Risk ED Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing unnecessary emergency department utilization and avoidable hospital admissions is a top priority for many healthcare systems, especially those seeking to cut costs and eliminate waste in preparation for value-based care.  While...

AMA, Intermountain Form Real-Time Data Partnership for Diabetes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association, Intermountain Healthcare, and Omada Health have announced a new data-driven chronic disease management and prevention program aimed at reducing the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.  The patient-centered program...

FCC Plans to Map Broadband Access to Aid Chronic Disease Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking an analytical approach to understanding the broadband infrastructure needs of healthcare organizations and their patients.  A new broadband health mapping tool will allow stakeholders...

HHS Targets Population Health, Big Data with $36M in Grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than a thousand primary care and safety net providers in forty-one states and Puerto Rico will benefit from $36 million in health IT development funding doled out by the Department of Health and Human Services this month.  The grants...

$335K Grant Supports Chronic Disease Management for Lupus

by Jennifer Bresnick

A $335,000 grant from the HHS Office of Minority Health will help the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) strengthen its chronic disease management programs for patients with lupus, the organization announced this week. The Lupus Initiative,...

Population Health Scorecard Shows Geographical Divides in Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Much of the nation gets a passing grade for care quality, access, and overall population health, according to new data from the Commonwealth Fund, but striking differences in performance, outcomes, and affordability of basic services persist...

Historical Big Data Analytics Study will Examine Dementia

by Jennifer Bresnick

Kaiser Permanente is reaching back in time with its latest big data analytics research effort aimed at illuminating risk factors associated with brain health and the development of dementia.  Using information from physical exams conducted...

Rural Healthcare Grants Tackle Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Rural healthcare organizations often operate under several major disadvantages compared to their urban and suburban counterparts.  Small facilities with shoestring funding and limited access to advanced care providers and technologies have...

5 Test Cases to Prove the Value of Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even for the most enthusiastic and forward-thinking healthcare organization, developing robust and impactful population health management programs can be a difficult proposition.  Budget constraints, a lack of commitment from executive leaders,...

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