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Geisinger Adds Genomic Sequencing to Routine Clinical Care

May 15, 2018 - Geisinger Health System has announced that it will soon include genomic sequencing in routine clinical care in an effort to advance precision medicine and improve patient outcomes. “Understanding the genome warning signals of every patient will be an essential part of wellness planning and health management,” said Geisinger CEO and President Dr. David...


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Over 80% of Nurses See Increased Role in Patient Management

by Jessica Kent

Eighty-seven percent of registered nurses (RNs) agreed that non-physician healthcare professionals, including RNs and nurse practitioners, are playing an increasingly important role in patient management and care coordination, according to...

NIH Grants $10M to Newborn Genome Sequencing Project

by Jessica Kent

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $10 million, four-year grant to HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology in support of their newborn whole genome sequencing project, which will help with the diagnosis and care of...

Opioid Abuse, Diagnostic Errors Top 2018 Patient Safety Hazards

by Jessica Kent

Opioid abuse, diagnostic errors, and poorly designed health IT systems are among the top hazards on ECRI Institute’s 2018 list of patient safety concerns. Opioid abuse is ranked second this year, up from its seventh-place spot on...

VA, DeepMind Partner for Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics

by Jessica Kent

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a partnership with DeepMind to use machine learning as the foundation for developing predictive analytics tools. Patient deterioration while in the hospital accounts for 11...

Geisinger Aids Diabetes Care with Community Food Initiative

by Jessica Kent

Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy program, which provides diabetic adults with access to free, nutritious food and comprehensive health behavioral services, has proven more effective and less costly than other methods of treatment. The...

Big Data Analytics Fuels Penn State Precision Health Research

by Jessica Kent

Penn State researchers recently announced their plan to create a Digital Collaboratory for Precision Health Research that will leverage big data analytics to boost individualized care. Project collaborators hope to develop a secure health...

Liquid Biopsy, Machine Learning Can Detect Multiple Cancers

by Jessica Kent

A liquid biopsy test supported by a machine learning algorithm can accurately detect the presence and origin of several different cancers, opening up the possibility of less invasive and more precise testing, according to a blog post from...

New Automated System Prevents Medication Administration Errors

by Jessica Kent

A real-time automated system showed significant improvement over current practices in identifying medication errors, according to a study published in JAMIA. Ni et al. developed a real-time medication administration error (MAE) detection...

New Collaboration to Support Diabetes Prevention, Management

by Nathan Boroyan

Leaders of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) have banded together to form a new organization focused on supporting diabetes prevention and management within the primary care ecosystem. DPP leaders on Wednesday announced the...

Health IT, Executive Support Key to ED Patient Flow Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The emergency department can often be a busy, hectic, stressful place for both patients and their providers.  Neither can know in advance what will happen when they walk through the doors: who they will see, how long it will take, if...

NIH Addresses Socioeconomic Disparities in Patient Outcomes

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the launch of a population health management initiative to foster research and spread awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in patient outcomes of surgical care. NIH’s...

Senators Urge CMS to Reconsider Hospital Compare Quality Ratings

by Jacqueline LaPointe

In a recent letter, a group of sixty senators urged CMS to delay the release of the Hospital Compare Star Ratings because the current methodology for rating hospital quality does not include all relevant quality measures and the process is...

CMS Diabetes Prevention Program Cuts Spending, Boosts Outcomes

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A comprehensive chronic disease management program that focuses on preventative care for diabetes and prediabetes is a successful way to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, HHS announced this week, and should be implemented in...

Safety Net Population Health Management Means Doing More with Less

by Jennifer Bresnick

For healthcare organizations of any size, type, and specialty, every dollar always counts.  The immutable bottom line regulates all activities, from technology purchases to staff salaries to what gets served in the cafeteria each...

CMS Offers $157M to Fund Community Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Recognizing the need to integrate the social and community needs of patients into population health management on a broader scale, CMS has announced a new $157 million funding opportunity to bolster innovative strategies for helping to...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer...

Kaiser Permanente Targets Population Health with New Med School

by Jennifer Bresnick

Not content with being one of the nation’s largest healthcare provider systems and a key innovator in the health IT space, Kaiser Permanente is taking its leadership role one step further by opening up a new medical school, officials...

23% of Hospitals See Payment Cuts for Patient Safety, HACs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient safety deficiencies and high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs) have led CMS to cut reimbursement rates for 758 hospitals, representing 22.9 percent of the 3308 organizations subject to the HAC Reduction...

Hospital Acquired Conditions, Patient Safety Hold Steady in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Key hospital quality and patient safety metrics, including the rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs), certain infections, and adverse drug events (ADEs), have not seen significant change from 2013 to 2014.  However, these...

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