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How FHIR Offers a New Approach to Working with Healthcare Data

October 12, 2017 - Healthcare organizations seeking a simple, intuitive, and standardized way to solve many of their most pressing big data problems don’t have to look much further than the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR. The internet-based data exchange standard has been taking the industry by storm, powering a new generation of applications that deliver detailed clinical...


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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...

Can $10B Solve Healthcare’s Big Data Analytics, Productivity Woes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Give me a lever long enough and a firm place to stand, and I shall move the world,” declared Archimedes in defense of the notion that with the right tools in place, the targeted application of a little force could shift a mass that...

Borrowed from Retail, Anthem’s Big Data Analytics Boost Member Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Commercial insurance companies are facing innumerable challenges as internal and external changes continue to buffet the healthcare industry.  As both leaders in the field of value-based care and for-profit entities subject to political...

Online Population Health Data Dashboard Grows to Include 500 Cities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Robust and actionable population health data at the city and neighborhood level is traditionally hard to come by, especially if community planners are looking for datasets presented in a slickly-packaged online dashboard free for public use....

NJ Health System Pilots IBM Watson for Oncology Decision Support

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the healthcare system’s increasing reliance on digital technologies brings more and more big data into the clinical environment, providers facing some of the most difficult puzzles in diagnostics and treatment are turning to advanced...

CancerLinQ Brings Big Data Insights to Oncology with FDA, NCI Partners

by Jennifer Bresnick

Oncology has always required providers to dig deeply into big data about their patients in order to develop treatment plans for some of the deadliest modern diseases. The explosion of interest in precision medicine, the easier availability of...

Value-Based Care Requires Good Big Data, Better Communication

by Jennifer Bresnick

Brevity may be the soul of wit in the literary world, but it’s the opposite of a good thing when it comes to safe, comprehensive, and cost-effective patient care.  In the value-based care environment, where multiple entities may be...

Collaboration, Big Data Help Phoenix Children’s Focus on Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Mergers, acquisitions, and new partnerships can be a scary prospect for healthcare organizations, no matter which side of the negotiating table they are occupying. In addition to potential cultural changes, staffing adjustments, and new workflows...

New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers are...

Epic Systems EHR Brings Care Coordination to Walgreens Retail Clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare providers....

NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity...

FHIR Can Move Genomics from Prediction to Precision Medicine

by Jennifer Bresnick

In just a few short decades, the field of genomics has expanded dramatically, transitioning from a specialized discipline of academic biology into a mainstay of clinical care at academic medical centers, dedicated precision medicine hubs, and...

athenahealth EHR App Marketplace Grows, Targets Patient mHealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

The recent flurry of interest in public application programming interfaces (APIs) as a way to connect disparate health data has prompted electronic health record vendors to open the floodgates to third-party developers with bright ideas about...

Why an “Empty Desire” for Big Data is Inhibiting Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

For the most part, the healthcare industry has embraced the idea that access to big data is a critical part of doing business in the modern care environment.  But there’s a major difference between having big data and leveraging it...

Physician Portal Aids Data Exchange for Stand-Alone Hospital

by Jennifer Bresnick

While much of the healthcare industry is turning to mergers, acquisitions, and economies of scale to combat the financial challenges of value-based care, there are still more than a few organizations that have committed to operational independence....

As FHIR Matures, Healthcare Interoperability Comes into Focus

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR, has quickly seared itself into the consciousness of the health IT industry, becoming one of the most promising methodologies for open, seamless data exchange. In just a few...

Revenue Cycle Analytics Enable Value-Based Care for Pediatrics Group

by Jennifer Bresnick

Value-based care contracts are becoming increasingly popular for providers and payers looking to slim down spending and increase quality, but few organizations can truly flourish in the pay-for-performance environment if they do not have robust...

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...

APIs Boost Care Coordination, Data Exchange at Northwell Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Northwell Health, the largest hospital system in the most populous metro region in the country, has a lot on its plate when it comes to conducting care coordination activities for more than 8 million people.   With 21 hospitals, over 2700...

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