Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Healthcare Quality

Developing Community Partners for Population Health Management

October 19, 2017 - Whether they are participating in value-based reimbursements or still based in fee-for-service, the vast majority of primary care providers are keenly aware that they can no longer afford to go it alone.  Consumer expectations are changing, regulatory frameworks are demanding exceptional quality scores, and organizations that have made the leap into risk-based financial arrangements are...


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70% of Healthcare Execs Pin Growth to Big Data Analytics Skills

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations that successfully cultivate their big data analytics skills are anticipating a significant competitive advantage over those who fail to make the transition to the digital economy, reveals a new survey from SAP and Oxford...

200+ Healthcare Orgs Share Vision for Primary Care Transformation

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 200 healthcare organizations have signed on to a joint vision for primary care transformation that prioritizes coordinated, data-driven, and team-based services, says the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). With an...

21% of Patients See Medical Errors, but Providers Deny Responsibility

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just over a fifth of patients have experienced medical errors at some point during their care, yet healthcare providers are reluctant to speak openly about mistakes or take responsibility for improper actions, according to a new survey from NORC...

How Mayo Clinic Uses CDS Algorithms to Standardize Nurse Triage

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare system has always relied on primary care providers to be the initial point of contact for patients with routine care needs and low-level complaints – a role that has become increasingly important as organizations try to cut...

EHR Usability Shortfalls May Up Pediatric Patient Safety Risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR usability and design flaws may be putting pediatric patient safety at risk, and must be addressed by vendors and rule makers in order to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to children, says a coalition of healthcare stakeholders in...

CA Children’s Hospitals Win Davies Award for Analytics, Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient safety improvements supported by big data analytics and health IT tools have secured the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health. The hospitals improved safety...

Decision Support, Big Data Analytics Reduce Hospital Blood Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics and the implementation of clinical decision support guidelines can help hospitals and health systems reduce unnecessary blood use and associated spending, according to a pair of new studies released this week. At a cost of...

Gaps in Chronic Disease Care Leave Patients, Docs Frustrated

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients and healthcare providers are both struggling to overcome gaps in education, knowledge, and confidence about how to effective engage in chronic disease management, according to a new report by West. Despite the health system’s growing...

How Do Population Health, Public Health, Community Health Differ?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The rapid proliferation of value-based care arrangements, driven by EHR adoption and the subsequent explosion of big data, has given providers both the opportunity and the financial imperative to focus on delivering holistic, preventive healthcare...

Provider Coalition to Use Machine Learning for Type 1 Diabetes

by Jennifer Bresnick

A three-year collaboration between several top healthcare providers will leverage machine learning techniques to improve the identification and treatment of Type 1 diabetes.  Funded by a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

KLAS: Epic Systems, Cerner Lead EHR Vendors in Sepsis Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals searching for clinical analytics and patient surveillance tools for combating sepsis give high marks to functionalities provided by Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, KLAS Research says in a new report.  The two competitors,...

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...

Specialists Get Higher Marks than PCPs for PCMH Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

Primary care providers may not be providing all the benefits the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has to offer, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care, lagging behind their specialist peers in several measures of satisfaction...

Cardiovascular Disease May Incur $1 Trillion in Costs by 2035

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next two decades, cardiovascular disease is likely to impact 45 percent of the United States population and generate more than $1.1 trillion in chronic disease management costs, acute care spending, and lost productivity per year, a...

Online Population Health Tool Illuminates Socioeconomic Factors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare stakeholders looking for insight into the socioeconomic and environmental factors impacting the wellbeing of their populations can now turn to the City Health Dashboard, an online tool detailing the challenges of urban patients. Developed...

HHS: Patient Safety Efforts Save 125K Lives, $28B in Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are down and patient safety is continuing its steady rise as healthcare organizations keep pushing forward with quality improvement programs, many of which originated with the Affordable Care Act. From 2010...

$347M in CMS Grants to Improve Patient Safety, Care Quality

by Nathan Boroyan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is investing $347 million to improve patient safety by reducing the number of hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. The funds will be split...

CMS Sets New Patient Care Quality Metrics for Nursing Homes

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is adding more stringent patient care quality metrics to its Nursing Home Compare website in order to improve transparency around the effectiveness, safety, and performance of long-term care providers.  Starting on February 20, CMS will...

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