Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Healthcare Business Intelligence

For healthcare analytics, big data needs to be smart data: Q&A

by Jennifer Bresnick

To many healthcare organizations, big data looks like an all-you-can-eat buffet.  On the first go, they try to pile as much as they can on their plates, only picking through the bounty when they get back to the table to figure out what...

CMS makes healthcare analytics easier with new data tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare data analytics will be getting a whole lot easier for researchers interested in Medicare and Medicaid information with the launch of the Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC), CMS announced at a White House event this week. ...

Is healthcare ready to get SMAC-ed around?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Social, mobile, analytics, cloud.  To the delight of pun-loving media, SMAC has become a cute shorthand way of saying what we’re all thinking: the four horsemen of the digital revolution are here to stay, and organizations can either...

Hospital quality report cards present conflicts, opportunities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Since the halcyon days of the kindergarten classroom, children are trained to strive for those shiny gold stars on their report cards, and they learn to trust these assessments as the ultimate measure of their worth.  Reliance on these...

Hospitals turn to integration for analytics, population health

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare reform trundles onward, marrying improved technology systems with better data and a focus on accountability, health systems have been forced to take a closer look at how they do business, and how that business can aid in the...

Cloud, predictive analytics helping healthcare inside and out

by Jennifer Bresnick

Cloud-based predictive analytics is helping healthcare organizations identify patient-facing clinical shortcomings while also helping to evaluate internal staffing processes, revenue opportunities, and marketing challenges.  By...

ICD-10 National Pilot highlights data quality issues

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ICD-10 National Pilot Program, conducted by HIMSS and WEDI between 2012 and 2013, was supposed to identify the major trouble spots facing the industry as the mandated conversion date of October 1, 2014, drew closer and closer.  In...

Will better analytics drive payers to drop trouble providers?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nearly 100 providers in Rhode Island have a big problem on their hands.  UnitedHealthcare of New England has decided to eliminate dozens of physicians from the payer’s Medicare Advantage offerings, leaving thousands of elderly patients...

In healthcare analytics, real-time data tops the wish list

by Jennifer Bresnick

What will most hospital executives be asking for this Christmas?  Influenza for the auditors, extra arms for the physicians, and a comprehensive, real-time data analytics dashboard that can synthesize clinical, financial, and predictive...

Health IT vendors cash in with analytics, revenue solutions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Data analytics and revenue cycle management products are driving continued growth in the health IT market as providers seek technology-enabled methods of managing the enormous influx of information produced by EHRs and financial...

Do you need a data warehouse for good healthcare analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The data warehouse is often seen as the holy grail of analytics tools.  A single, centralized, normalized data set containing every piece of information being used to produce reports leaves your organization with clean, vetted data...

What’s the foundation for managing big data in healthcare?

by Sponsored Content

It is clear in today’s healthcare industry that big data is becoming more than just a buzzword. According to IBM, 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Regardless of whether that...

Revenue cycle analytics presents opportunities for healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter how carefully a healthcare organization balances the books, there will always be things that slip through the cracks.  Inefficiencies are the inevitable byproduct of significant change, and few industries have ever experienced a...

CMS using claims analytics to flag fraud, payment abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Think hospitals are the only ones using financial analytics to boost the bottom line?  Think again.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) uses sophisticated analytics to identify suspicious claims from providers, save...

Will the cloud bridge the gap between healthcare, analytics?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Before big data analytics can take a hold in healthcare, the data on which this analysis relies needs to be both accessible and in a proper form. At present, those two conditions are generally hard to come by. “We’re finally...

Analytics is most effective when used at the point of care: Q&A

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare analytics has real and tangible benefits for providers, but only if data trickles down to the laptop in the consult room.  And that only happens when all the stakeholders in the industry – health plans, physicians, vendors,...

Understanding the data warehouse model for healthcare analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Without clean, standardized data that can be manipulated, translated, and exchanged when needed, an analytics program has no hope of getting off the ground.  After bringing clinical and financial information in to a system through...

Physician troubleshooting can add to patient analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare is built around one simple idea: when someone is sick, someone needs to help them get better.  In an industry entirely focused on the patient, it’s no surprise that most healthcare information technology initiatives are...

What problems can be solved with healthcare analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

When healthcare organizations think about investing in information technology, they’re looking for results, not just a touch-screen way of doing the same paper-based tasks.  Analytics can provide those results, and organizations have...

How can you come out on top with healthcare data analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is fierce competition among healthcare organizations right now as the industry faces a tsunami of reform initiatives, financial changes, and a greater emphasis on accountability, transparency, and quality care.  To get an edge over...

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