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Health Information Management

CMS Begins the Search for a Chief Health Informatics Officer

June 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to add a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) to its health IT leadership roster, according to a job posting on USAJOBS.gov. The position is brand new, and reflects the agency’s refreshed commitment to health data interoperability, data analytics, and patient access to information. The ideal candidate will “develop requirements...


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ICD-10 Allows Non-Physician Documentation of Social Determinants

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations concerned about how to record data on patients’ social determinants of health are allowed to use non-physician documentation to support ICD-10 coding for common socioeconomic issues, says the American Hospital Association...

Provider Data Management Offers Payers a Blockchain Use Case

by Jennifer Bresnick

Moving provider directories onto a blockchain could offer payers a high-value use case for exploring the role of distributed ledgers in healthcare data management, assert Humana and Ernst & Young (EY) in a new white paper.  Payers, patients,...

Nurses Play a Critical Role in EHR Optimization, Data Governance

by Jennifer Bresnick

Most healthcare organizations have now celebrated at least a handful of anniversaries with their electronic health records, and are now coming to the realization that implementation was only the start of a long and often difficult optimization...

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 aid....

AHIMA: Focus on Healthcare Big Data Analytics, Informatics in 2018

by Jessica Kent

The need for big data analytics, improved informatics, and stronger information governance will be some of the top issues for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a recent article from the Journal of AHIMA. The coming year is set to...

AHIMA Offers Clinical Documentation Tips for Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are becoming devastatingly common as the opioid abuse epidemic rages on, but providers may not be creating clinical documentation with a high enough quality to use in SUD research and population health management...

Information Governance Gaining Ground in Healthcare Organizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Information governance (IG) initiatives are becoming easier to find in the healthcare industry as organizations recognize that the growing volume and value of big data require a coordinated plan of attack. In a new survey released by...

Coding, CDI Outsourcing Improve Case Mix, Healthcare Data Integrity

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations that partner with coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) outsourcing experts have seen more accurate claims coding, increased case mix indexes, and enhanced operational efficiencies, says a pair of new industry...

56% of Hospitals Lack Big Data Governance, Analytics Plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite growing excitement and high investment in big data analytics to support ongoing innovation in healthcare, long-term planning and data governance are not a very strong suit for the majority of hospitals responding to a survey by Dimensional...

Change Healthcare Plans Payer, Provider RCM Blockchain Tool

by Jennifer Bresnick

Change Healthcare is among the first health IT companies to announce the launch of an enterprise-scale blockchain solution that would bring payers and providers the ability to leverage the distributed ledger technology for revenue cycle management....

Illinois Aims to Put Baby’s First Health Data on the Blockchain

by Jennifer Bresnick

Babies born in Illinois may soon have one of their foundational health documents stored on the blockchain.  The state, which is taking the lead in exploring the use of blockchain for healthcare-related issues such as provider identity management,...

Healthcare Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Tools Bring Big Investments

by Jennifer Bresnick

Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems may be attracting a lot of hype across the healthcare industry, but the developers of these innovative data analytics techniques are already cashing in on their promises as forward-thinking...

Illinois to Use Blockchain for Healthcare Credential Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Illinois Blockchain Initiative is partnering with industry coalition Hashed Health to explore how to apply distributed ledger technology to the complex issue of managing credentials and licensure for healthcare professionals. The pilot program...

Health Data Analytics a “Competitive Differentiator” for Payers

by Jennifer Bresnick

A robust and wide-ranging big data analytics strategy can be a “competitive differentiator” for health insurance payers seeking actionable insights to help them succeed with value-based care, says a new survey by Deloitte. Two out...

Data Mining, Big Data Analytics in Healthcare: What’s the Difference?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is known for its overreliance on snappy-sounding buzzwords – and perhaps even more infamous for ever-so-slightly misusing them.  In the clinical environment, the correct interpretation of tiny subtleties could...

83% of Life Science Execs Expect Healthcare Blockchain in 5 Years

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of leaders in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries expect a rapid uptake of healthcare blockchain tools, says the Pistoia Alliance in a new survey.  More than 80 percent of respondents to a webinar-based poll said...

HIM Pros Must Shift from Coding to Health Informatics, Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The health information management (HIM) profession is in the middle of a seismic shift as healthcare informatics and big data analytics become increasingly prized skills across the industry. Traditional coding competencies are likely to...

Nurse Informaticists Can “Triage” EHR Optimization Problems

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations still struggling to improve clinical workflows and address persistent EHR optimization and usability problems often turn first to their vendors in order to seek help with optimization.  After all, it’s reasonable...

48% of Businesses, Including Healthcare, Face Big Data Skills Gap

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nearly half of the global business landscape, including the healthcare industry, are currently unable to find staff with the talent and skills to help them reach their big data analytics goals, according to a new survey from Teradata. While 96...

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