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NCI Supports Precision Medicine with Updated Clinical Trial Criteria

December 4, 2018 - The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has revised its clinical trial protocol template to expand eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials. The updated criteria will allow patients with certain health conditions to participate in NCI-funded trials, as well as provide opportunities for patients younger than 18 to take part in adult clinical trials under certain circumstances. The...


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CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CMS Innovation Center is gearing up to launch a new industry challenge aimed at identifying new strategies for leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve outcomes. The proposed challenge will explore how...

Humana Invests $7M in Social Determinants of Health Programs

by Jessica Kent

The Humana Foundation has announced plans to invest nearly $7 million in 9 organizations that are committed to addressing the social determinants of health, including food security, social connection, and financial stability. The new...

EHR Data Sharing Identifies Hypertension Care Disparities

by Jessica Kent

Health systems participating in an electronic health record (EHR) data sharing collaborative were able to identify care disparities among hypertension patients and could enable organizations to share best practices for quality...

Precision Medicine Approach Reduces Heart Failure Mortality by 50%

by Jessica Kent

A precision medicine approach cut mortality rates for high-risk heart failure patients by 48 percent, and 30-day hospital readmissions by 25 percent, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart...

Collaboration Among HIM Pros, Care Teams Can Boost Health Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

Increased collaboration among health information management (HIM) professionals and other members of care delivery teams can enhance patient outcomes and reduce care costs, an article from the Journal of AHIMA says. Across all healthcare...

Population Health Program Cuts Hospital Admissions by Nearly 50%

by Jessica Kent

Northwest Physicians Network (NPN) in Washington State has launched a collaborative population health program that has cut hospital admissions by 43 percent, ambulance transports by 47 percent, and emergency department visits by 36...

$1.2M AHRQ Grant Helps Montefiore Build AI CDS Tool for Lung Failure

by Jessica Kent

Montefiore Health System has received a $1.2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that will help clinicians identify a rare form of lung failure and offer...

802 Orgs Lauded for Hypertension Control, Chronic Disease Management

by Jessica Kent

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have recognized 802 physician practices and health systems across the country for improving chronic disease management among patients with...

Learning Health Systems, Big Data Key to Improving Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

Healthcare organizations looking to quickly translate research into best practices for clinical care should focus on transforming themselves into learning health systems that rely heavily on insights from big data analytics, says Peter...

Baylor Gets $6.3M NCI Grant for Racial, Ethnic Cancer Disparities Work

by Jessica Kent

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded $6.3 million to support researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in understanding the biological causes of racial and ethnic disparities in prostate and breast cancers. NCI states that...

Express Scripts Diabetes Management Program Saves $43M, Ups Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

A coordinated approach to chronic disease management for diabetics has reduced drug spending by 19 percent for more than 800 enrolled plan sponsors, saving a total of $42.6 million in 2017, said Express Scripts. “By combining...

$40M AHRQ, PCORI Grants Will Support a Learning Health System

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) have awarded $40 million in grants to 11 learning health system (LHS) organizations to help advance patient-centered care...

Payer Analytics Link Dental, Eye Issues to Poor Health Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

Individuals who suffer from serious dental and vision conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, and gum disease, are more likely to experience poor health comes and incur higher overall costs, according to a report from the Blue Cross...

Health Literacy Education Key to Rural Population Health, Care Access

by Jessica Kent

Improving patient health literacy and reducing out-of-pocket healthcare costs can support improved rural population health, according to a recent report from the National Quality Forum (NQF). More than 59 million people currently live in...

Hospital Care May Not Influence Socioeconomic Outcomes Disparities

by Jessica Kent

Hospitals generally provide similar levels of quality care to individuals across socioeconomic groups, indicating that outcomes disparities may be rooted in external community factors, according to a recent study published in JAMA. While...

CMS Adds Hospitals to Medicare Disparities Data Visualization Tool

by Jessica Kent

CMS has expanded the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool to include a Hospital View, which enables users to compare healthcare quality and outcomes at the hospital level and identify care disparities for Medicare patients. Launched in...

Adherence to Clinical Decision Support Cuts Costs by $1K Per Patient

by Jessica Kent

Adhering to a real-time clinical decision support system embedded in the EHR helped providers at Cedars-Sinai cut wasteful healthcare spending by almost $1000 per patient and improve patient outcomes, according to a study published in The...

RI to Use All-Payer Claims Database for Quality, Cost Analytics

by Jessica Kent

The Peterson Center on Healthcare, the state of Rhode Island, and Brown University have announced the Rhode Island Healthcare Cost Trends Collaborative Project, in which researchers will study spending information from Rhode Island’s...

Deep Learning IDs Neurological Scans 150 Times Faster than Humans

by Jessica Kent

A deep learning platform designed to identify acute neurological conditions, including stroke, hemorrhage, and hydrocephalus, detected disease in CT scans in 1.2 seconds, or 150 times faster than human radiologists. Researchers at Mount...

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