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Top 10 Challenges of Big Data Analytics in Healthcare

June 12, 2017 - Big data analytics is turning out to be one of the toughest undertakings in recent memory for the healthcare industry.  Providers who have barely come to grips with putting data into their electronic health records (EHR) are now being asked to pull actionable insights out of them – and apply those learnings to complicated initiatives that directly impact their reimbursement rates....


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Understanding the Many V’s of Healthcare Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Extracting actionable insights from big data analytics – and perhaps especially healthcare big data analytics – is one of the most complex challenges that organizations can face in the modern technological world. In the healthcare...

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...

New Medical Scribe Exam Keeps an Eye on EHR Data Integrity

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new national certification program for medical scribes will help to guide the growth of a profession that has seen a massive surge in demand since the advent of the electronic health record. Medical scribes are individuals who are hired for...

ONC Offers $75K for Better EHR Patient Matching Algorithms

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator is intensifying its focus on patient identification and patient matching by offering up to $75,000 in prize money for the best new tool to ensure that EHR data is appropriately linked to the right individuals....

Top 4 Ways to Use Blockchain for Healthcare Data Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Along with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, blockchain has rapidly risen to become one of the healthcare industry’s most talked-about technologies.  The distributed ledger methodology promises...

APIs, EHR Data Integrity, Patient Access Key to Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Before providers can truly embrace value-based care, they must focus on making some significant improvements to the healthcare industry’s basic electronic health record ecosystem, states the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)...

Top 4 Machine Learning Use Cases for Healthcare Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare providers and vendors start to show off more mature big data analytics skills, machine learning and artificial intelligence have quickly rocketed to the top of the industry’s buzzword list. The possibility of using intelligent...

EHR, Big Data Analytics Success Hinges on Holistic Change Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus probably didn’t have electronic health records, value-based care, and big data analytics in mind when he said that “change is the only constant in life,” but most modern healthcare organizations...

EHRs, Clinical Decision Support Top 2017 Patient Safety Hazard List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Information management errors in electronic health records, incorrect use of clinical decision support, and poor prescribing habits are among the most dangerous health IT hazards for 2017, according to ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety...

Google DeepMind: Blockchain Can Ensure Health Data Integrity

by Jennifer Bresnick

When healthcare experts talk about data integrity, they’re not just thinking about whether or not the original authors filled in all the fields and ticked all the boxes.  They are talking about trust.  Completeness is one small...

Unfiltered EHR Data Overloads Physicians, Perpetuates Burnout

by Jennifer Bresnick

Interoperability and seamless data exchange are all the rage among regulators and vendors looking to give providers every decision-making advantage they can.  From meaningful use and MACRA to 21st Century Cures, CommonWell, and Carequality,...

New Population Health Strategies Needed in $42.5B IT Market

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next five years, the population health management technology market is predicted to grow into a $42.54 billion opportunity, according to a Research and Markets report, but healthcare providers will need to adopt new care strategies at...

What Healthcare IT Users Don’t Really Need to Know about FHIR

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry may not be the nimblest when it comes to adopting and truly optimizing new technologies, as most EHR users will readily agree.  Reluctance, denial, frustration, and confusion have been unfortunate hallmarks of the...

Data Governance Key to Hospital’s Natural Language Query Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether inside or outside of the hospital, data is everywhere – and consumers of data are getting used to a certain level of speed, accuracy, and trustworthiness when they ask questions of Google, Siri, or Cortana.  In everyday life,...

Using Machine Learning to Target Behavioral Health Interventions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Behavioral healthcare has been getting a great deal of attention lately from health IT experts, and not just because of a growing recognition that good mental health is key to improving overall patients outcomes.  Behavioral health is one...

Mismatched Symptoms Call EHR Data Integrity into Question

by Thomas Beaton

A new study published in JAMA this month indicates that EHR data may not be completely aligned with what patients report to their providers. Eye health researchers from Michigan Medical School investigating EHR data integrity found that just...

Prescription Monitoring Program to Reduce Opioid Abuse in VA

by Thomas Beaton

A three way partnership between Purdue Pharma, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources will enhance utilization of a state prescription monitoring program (PMP) to reduce the rate of opioid...

AMIA Advises PCORI on Sharing Big Data for Health Research

by Thomas Beaton

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has suggested that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) should adopt new policies that focus on expanding grant opportunities and funding data collection efforts to improve...

Bridging the Gap Between Big Data Science, Health IT Usability

by Jennifer Bresnick

The health IT landscape often seems starkly divided between two opposing camps: those who design elegant algorithms and regimented workflows in the idealized sterility of the R&D department, and those whose frenzied, frustrating daily experience...

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