Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Healthcare Data Management

Blockchain Offers to Solve Pain Points in Healthcare Data Management

May 3, 2018 - Blockchain may be able to significantly improve the way healthcare providers collaborate to manage data and participate in transactions across organizational lines, predicts a new report by Chilmark Research. The distributed ledger methodology, which is founded on the idea of shared consensus and mutual trust, could help reduce some of the challenges created by data siloes, bewilderingly complex...

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Population Health Nurses Require Changes in Education, Practices

by Jessica Kent

Nurses can play an integral role in improving population health, but healthcare stakeholders must first initiate changes in nursing education, practices, and policy to enhance population-focused leadership capabilities and data management skills,...

Blockchain Alliance Aims to Tackle Provider Data Management

by Jessica Kent

Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare have announced a cooperative pilot program that will utilize blockchain technology to improve data quality and reduce administrative costs around provider data management.  ...

EHR Tech Support with Clinical Focus Enhances Patient Care Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Making sure that the voice on the other end of the EHR tech support hotline has some clinical know-how could be a promising way to improve patient care quality and the health IT user experience. Lackluster technical support can prevent healthcare...

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...

EHR Replacements Rise, but Usability Remains in Question

by Jennifer Bresnick

The implementation of an electronic health record is often cited as the first and most important step towards crafting a health IT infrastructure that encourages quality documentation, health information exchange, population health management,...

Semantic Big Data Lakes Can Support Better Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is currently holding its breath as it waits to see how CMS will adjust the final Stage 3 meaningful use rule in response to stakeholder complaints about the maturity of EHRs and big data analytics technologies, but not...

CHIME: Patient Matching Crucial for HIE, Care Coordination

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is in need of much more robust, accurate, and sophisticated patient matching techniques if it is to take full advantage of health information exchange and care coordination technologies, say CHIME leaders in a letter to...

WEDI Seeks ICD-10 Preparedness Survey Responses by July 10

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is asking healthcare providers in the middle of the ICD-10 preparedness plans to devote a few moments to its latest periodic ICD-10 readiness survey.  The survey, one of the primary benchmarks...

Nurse Informaticists Have “Direct Positive Impact” on Patient Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nurse informaticists are integral to the data analytics and health IT implementation strategies of healthcare organizations, says the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey released at HIMSS15 this week, and they produce a measurably positive...

CommonWell Grows, Scuffles with Epic over EHR Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Health Alliance is continuing to make its mark as a leader towards EHR interoperability with two significant announcements: the appointment of its first Executive Director, Jitin Asnaani, and the expansion of its membership rolls...

CMS Details Methods for Streamlined Quality Program Reporting

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has long faced criticism that its quality program reporting structures are cumbersome and difficult to understand, but the agency is currently taking steps to ensure that the process becomes easier for providers who are participating in multiple...

CHIME Offers $1M for 100% Accurate Patient Matching Solution

by Jennifer Bresnick

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is putting $1 million up for grabs in search of an interoperable and scalable patient matching solution.  The competition hopes to encourage developers and innovators to create...

Blue Button Makes Progress with Patient Engagement, PHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Blue Button project continues to make strides towards increasing patient engagement and expanding access to personal health records (PHRs), according to survey results from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). The late 2014...

WEDI Fields Survey to Gauge ROI of Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is asking the healthcare industry to participate in a poll to gauge the financial impacts of health information exchange and health IT interoperability.  In an effort to quantify whether stakeholders...

EHRs Don’t Do Enough for Care Coordination, Docs Say

by Jennifer Bresnick

Trying to improve patient care coordination and clinical communication through current EHR systems is frustrating and difficult, according to the majority of physicians in a new Spyglass Consulting Group survey, and healthcare organizations are...

Healthcare Informatics System Aids Research Collaboration

by Jennifer Bresnick

The use of a healthcare informatics management system can improve collaboration between researchers and institutions. Developing and deploying a healthcare informatics management system for researchers collaborating across disciplines and facilities...

HIMSS Analytics: CAC Tools Slated for Growth Ahead of ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

Computer assisted coding (CAC) applications are becoming increasingly popular in hospitals as healthcare organizations gear up for ICD-10, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market report.  Of the 25...

AMA: Meaningful use must foster quality data, interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful use isn’t doing its job when it comes to fostering clean, quality data and health IT interoperability, the American Medical Association (AMA) states in a letter to CMS and the ONC, nor does it allow for effective quality reporting. ...

How much structured EHR data is needed for clinical analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Structured EHR data may seem like the gold standard for data-driven healthcare, but capturing clinical data in standardized formats with check boxes and drop-downs can sap time and energy from clinicians and affect the patient-provider relationship. ...


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