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Apple Explores Medical Data with Health Records API, Patents

June 18, 2018 - Apple is quickly working to position itself as a leader in the race between consumer technology giants looking to harness the nearly-untapped power of medical data. With players such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to contend with, Apple’s relatively leisurely movement into the healthcare industry is picking up steam with a series of announcements and actions intended to expand...


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Henry Ford to Apply Data Analytics to Pancreatic Cancer with $20M Gift

by Jennifer Bresnick

An anonymous $20 million donation to Henry Ford Health System will help the health system leverage big data analytics for the early detection and better treatment of pancreatic cancer. The Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center will focus on f...

The 7 Step Plan to Success with Big Data Analytics in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry may be going through a seemingly endless period of flux, but there are a few unchanging truths about big data analytics that can help guide executive leaders through troubled times. Planning, preparation, and a firm ...The integrated delivery system, which includes eight hospitals in New Mexico, also serves about half a million Medicaid, commercial, and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries through its health plans. Integrating delivery and reimbursement at su...

Da Vinci Project Brings HL7 FHIR to Payers for Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

In just a few short years, HL7 FHIR has exploded in popularity to enable unprecedented connectivity across the healthcare ecosystem.    The internet-based data standard has started to hit its stride at a pivotal moment for provide...“Argonaut spurred the DaVinci Project specifically to enable access to granular clinical data for payers,” said HL7 International CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, to HealthITAnalytics.com at HIMSS18.  “It’s very impo...Small discrepancies between clinical documentation and claims generated from that encounter can create major problems for population health management, risk scoring, and outcomes-based reimbursement, continued Jaffe, citing an example he ha...

Artificial Intelligence Helps with Costs, Clinical Care at HIMSS18

by Jennifer Bresnick

LAS VEGAS - The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition is the perfect time of year for health IT vendors to unveil their latest and greatest offerings.   With a captive - and captivated - audience of more than 43,000 registered attende...

Duke Health Achieves Stage 7 Maturity Score from HIMSS Analytics

by Jessica Kent

Duke Health is the first US institution to reach Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity (AMAM), a companion to the popular EMRAM framework from HIMSS gauging electronic health record and health IT maturity. &ld...

Ochsner Adopts Artificial Intelligence Tool from Epic Systems, Microsoft

by Jennifer Bresnick

Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System has adopted a new artificial intelligence technology that provides early warning alerts for patients experiencing adverse health events. The predictive analytics platform, powered by cloud and AI techno...

AI for Imaging Analytics Intrigues Healthcare Orgs, Yet Starts Slow

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations are developing a strong interest in leveraging artificial intelligence for enhanced imaging analytics, but are approaching investment and implementation a little more cautiously, says a new report from KLAS Research...

EHR, Lab Data Support Pediatric AKI Analytics Dashboard

by Jennifer Bresnick

At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, reducing the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) is an exercise in elegant analytical simplicity.  Without extra funding, new vendors, or a massive organizational effort, Dr. K...The solution allows physicians to easily monitor kidney function levels, make adjustments to nephrotoxic medications, and ensure that pediatric patients are getting the kidney care they need, no matter what brought them into the hospital to...Monitoring kidney function in near-real time can be challenging, he pointed out, due to the nature of creatinine, which is of one of the most reliable markers of kidney health. “Unfortunately, creatinine levels don’t start to ri...Kher credits the successes to a combination of making timely data more available and raising general awareness of how and why AKI occurs. “Naturally, it increases awareness when you get a text message every morning, and I have made a ...

Payers Starting to Tie Precision Medicine to Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Precision medicine has started to offer important answers to patients with diseases that have a genetic component, but covering the costs of cutting-edge testing and emerging therapies can be a challenge. Payers are often hesitant to commit...

Roche Buys Flatiron Cancer Analytics, EHR Tools for $1.9B

by Jennifer Bresnick

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche will purchase Flatiron Health’s cancer analytics assets for $1.9 billion in an effort to enhance the drug development process and further the progress of precision medicine. Flatiron Health, backed by ...

Clinical Analytics Aid Payers, Providers with Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinical analytics and data integration are helping health payers and providers boost quality and meet the challenges of value-based care, says the 8th Annual Industry Pulse Report from Change Healthcare and the HealthCare Executive Group. ...Both payers and providers are optimistic that clinical analytics will smooth over some of these bumps in the road, however. Two-thirds believe that analytics have already started to empower more productive providers, and three-quarters thin...

CVS Health to Bulk Up Big Data Analytics Ahead of Aetna Deal

by Jennifer Bresnick

Solid growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a massive income tax break are allowing CVS Health to invest in more big data analytics technologies ahead of its proposed acquisition of Aetna, the company said in its latest earnings report. ...

Population Health is Top Data Analytics Challenge for Providers, Payers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare payers and providers are focusing their big data analytics work on population health management says a new survey conducted by Deloitte on behalf of NEJM Catalyst, but have yet to overcome many of the major challenges involv...Half of respondents are able to identify high-cost patients using their existing analytics capabilities, and 49 percent can conduct population risk assessments. Over the next three years, 78 percent of a subset of 45 respondents said that t...Many providers simply do not know what to do with social determinant information if they management to get it – and without the ability to match problems with possible solutions, population health management efforts could stall out, c...

Can Healthcare Avoid “Black Box” Artificial Intelligence Tools?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Artificial intelligence is taking the healthcare industry by storm as researchers share breakthrough after breakthrough and vendors quickly commercialize advanced algorithms offering clinical decision support or financial and operational ai...

VA Releases Data Visualization of Opioid Prescribing Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is allowing public access to data on opioid prescribing rates at each of its facilities through on an online data visualization.  The interactive map provides comparisons between prescribing rate...State-level data is aggregated into five groups by CMS.  On the VA website, clinics and hospitals are divided into “low,” “average,” and “high” comparison groups, the VA explains, based on the most r...

EHR Timestamp Data Can Help Monitor, Improve Clinical Workflows

by Jessica Kent

Organizations can use EHR timestamp data to improve clinical workflows by approximating the time it takes to complete common tasks. The data may be able to help providers with refining scheduling methods, analyzing EHR use, and quantifying ...

NIH Calls for “All of Us” Population Health Research Proposals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Update: The NIH has extended the submission deadline from February 9 to February 23, 2018. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has put out an informal call for research proposals to harness its growing All of Us big data resources....

Machine Learning, Imaging Analytics Predict Kidney Function

by Jennifer Bresnick

Machine learning and imaging analytics from renal biopsies can help to predict how long a kidney will function adequately in patients with chronic kidney damage, says a study published in Kidney International Reports. Using deep learning an...“An important strength of the study is that the machine learning technology was applied to trichrome-stained histologic images of routine kidney biopsy samples without any special processing or manipulation other than digital scanning...

Does Social Determinants Data Enhance Population Health Analytics?

by Jessica Kent

Adding social determinants data to more traditional clinical data analytics did little to enhance the accuracy or precision of predictive population health analytics, according to a study published in JAMIA. When directed to predict the nee...

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