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With New Players Looming, Healthcare Needs Big Data to Support Scale

February 12, 2018 - The healthcare industry is no stranger to changes.  Its history is one of evolution, progression, discovery, and invention.  Challenges are a constant, but so too have been solutions.  From antibiotics and keyhole surgery to artificial hearts and 3D imaging studies, innovation is a given for providers across all disciplines. But healthcare’s latest challenge may also be...


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Allscripts Buys Practice Fusion to Bulk Up on Big Data, EHR, Life Sciences

by Jennifer Bresnick

Allscripts has announced that it will acquire Practice Fusion, a health IT vendor offering a cloud-based EHR and data analytics tools for life science companies, for $100 million in cash. The acquisition will allow Allscripts to extend its big...

PwC: Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Population Health Top 2018 Trends

by Jennifer Bresnick

2018 is set to be another big year for healthcare organizations as they start to come to terms with emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence, while mastering the complexities of population health management, the Internet of Things...

Artificial Intelligence a “Low Priority” for Healthcare Orgs in 2018

by Jennifer Bresnick

Close to two-thirds of healthcare organizations are marking artificial intelligence deployments as low or very low priority in 2018, according to a new survey, indicating that AI may not be coming as quickly to the industry as some enthusiasts...

How Soon Will Healthcare Connect Machine Learning with Consumers?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have taken the healthcare industry by storm as innovators offer tempting visions of sophisticated clinical decision support, smoother EHR workflows, and more intuitive consumer-provider relationships...

Interest in Genetic Testing Brings Precision Medicine Challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Close to two-thirds of consumers would like to take part in genetic testing to better understand their health risks, according to a new survey from Wamberg Genomic Advisors, which could be both a boon and a bother for big data analytics and precision...

Natural Language Processing Could Translate EHR Jargon for Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using natural language processing (NLP) to translate confusing and complex medical jargon into everyday speech may help patients feel more in control of the information presented to them.  More than a third of American adults have limited...

How FHIR Offers a New Approach to Working with Healthcare Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

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....

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...

Cost is a Primary Driver of Medication Non-Adherence Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

The high cost of prescription drugs is what drives 67 percent of patients into medication non-adherence, according to the latest Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll, contributing to a multi-billion-dollar issue that is of particular concern...

Why Patient-Reported Outcomes Data is Key to Healthcare Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Considering that the ultimate goal of healthcare is to help patients live high-quality, productive lives, it would seem that patient-reported outcomes data should be the foundation upon which all quality improvement efforts are built.  Yet...

Diabetes Medication Adherence Cuts Costs by 4%, Boosts Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using patient-centered diabetes medication adherence strategies can reduce individual patient costs by around 4 percent while setting the stage for better outcomes, according to a new report by Express Scripts.  The potential for savings...

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...

84% of Execs: Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 80 percent of healthcare executives polled by Accenture believe that artificial intelligence is on track to completely revolutionize healthcare, and a similar number believe that the advent of machine learning and digital healthcare...

AMIA: Consider Broadband Access a Social Determinant of Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Access to public transportation, quality food choice, local pharmacies, and social services have become important ways to measure the overall health of a community population, but the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) wants the...

Incomplete Population Health Data Exacerbates Care Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Managed care policymakers do not have access to enough clean, complete, and accurate socioeconomic and population health data on the millions of patients depending on public insurance programs for care, according to a new article in Health Affairs....

Chronic Care Management Improves Pediatric Outcomes by 20%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A comprehensive chronic care management program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) helped to significant raise performance on certain pediatric outcome measures and streamline quality improvement, says an article published in the Joint...

Blockchain Will “Change the Physics” of Health Data Sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 40,000 healthcare stakeholders gather at the HIMSS Convention and Exhibition every year to get a good look at some of the most advanced and intriguing health IT tools on offer from hundreds of vendors, big and small, seeking to hawk...

Are Clinical Trials Diverse Enough to Ensure Patient Safety?

by Thomas Beaton

A new FDA report indicates that clinical trials may not be accurately representing real-world demographic patterns, leading to concerns that new drugs are not being accurately tested for patient safety and effectiveness.  Only 48 percent...

Adult Vaccine Project Produces Population Health Best Practices

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of patients know that vaccines play a critically important role in population health management by protecting children against serious communicable diseases.  But fewer realize that regular adult immunizations are similarly...

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