Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

Health Data Exchange Could Save Medicare $3.12 Billion a Year

by Jennifer Bresnick

An integrated national health data exchange system could reduce Medicare spending by more than $3 billion each year by enhancing coordinated care and fostering more effective population health management programs, asserts a new study by researchers...

Cost is a Primary Driver of Medication Non-Adherence Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

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

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

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

by Jennifer Bresnick

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....

Diabetes Medication Adherence Cuts Costs by 4%, Boosts Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

EHR Natural Language Processing Flags Social Determinant Search Terms

by Jennifer Bresnick

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,...

430M Internet of Things Devices Means a Healthcare Big Data Tsunami

by Jennifer Bresnick

By 2022, manufacturers will be shipping out 430 million Internet of Things devices each year, predicts a new report from Tractica, leaving healthcare providers little time to prepare for a massive influx of potentially valuable big data. As wearable...

IBM, JDRF to Apply Machine Learning to Type 1 Diabetes Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM and JDRF, a global organization funding research into type 1 diabetes, have announced a collaboration that will use machine learning techniques to explore new pathways towards an eventual cure for the autoimmune disease. The project will...

ICU Admissions from Opioid Overdoses Increase 34% Since 2009

by Jennifer Bresnick

The number of opioid overdoses requiring admission to intensive care has skyrocketed by more than a third since 2009, bringing higher death rates and significantly more spending on high-intensity hospital care, according to a new study from the...

Walgreens Offers Online Library of Population Health Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a bid to further position itself as a leader in population health management that goes far beyond the pharmacy, Walgreens has announced the launch of an online library of healthcare research studies. The Center for Health and Wellbeing Research...

How Big Data Analytics Companies Support Value-Based Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

As value-based reimbursement takes an increasingly firm hold on the healthcare industry, provider organizations are leaning heavily on their EHR and big data analytics vendor partners to equip them with the tools, health IT infrastructure, and...

Nutrition Risk Assessment Saves $4.8M, Cuts Hospital Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Implementing a patient nutrition care program at four Chicago-area hospitals helped Advocate Health Care accrue more than $4.8 million dollars in savings by reducing hospital readmissions and shortening inpatient stays, according to a new article...

DOJ Leverages Big Data Analytics to Combat Opioid Fraud, Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Justice has announced a new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit that will largely rely on healthcare data analytics to identify and address misuse of controlled substances. The task force, which will focus specifically on...

Claims Data Analytics Show Diabetes Has Third Largest Health Impact

by Jennifer Bresnick

Diabetes remains among the top three most impactful, costly, and common chronic diseases in the nation, says a new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), significantly affecting more patients than heart disease, cancer, or...

ACA Uncertainty Won’t Alter Population Health Focus for Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the endless political wrangling over the Affordable Care Act and the uncertainty created by the White House’s obfuscation about continued marketplace funding, population health management isn’t slipping down the priority list...

NQF: Adding Socioeconomic Risk to Population Health Measures is a Challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

Socioeconomic risk factors and community determinants of health are becoming increasingly important to care providers concerned about how to succeed with population health management and chronic disease care, yet incorporating these variables...

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....

Gaps in Chronic Disease Care Leave Patients, Docs Frustrated

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients and healthcare providers are both struggling to overcome gaps in education, knowledge, and confidence about how to effective engage in chronic disease management, according to a new report by West. Despite the health system’s growing...

How Do Population Health, Public Health, Community Health Differ?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The rapid proliferation of value-based care arrangements, driven by EHR adoption and the subsequent explosion of big data, has given providers both the opportunity and the financial imperative to focus on delivering holistic, preventive healthcare...

Missouri Gov. Creates State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Governor Eric Greitens has signed an executive order creating a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) for Missouri.  The new initiative, intended to help fight the spiraling opioid epidemic, means that Missouri has finally joined the...


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