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802 Orgs Lauded for Hypertension Control, Chronic Disease Management

October 19, 2018 - 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 hypertension. Launched in 2017 as an extension of Target: BP, the Target: BP Recognition Program is an annual initiative run by AHA and AMA. This year’s...


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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...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Key to ACOs, Population Health

by Jessica Kent

Advanced primary care models such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) may contribute to improved population health outcomes and lower costs in accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a recent report from the...

Providers Embrace Predictive Analytics for Clinical, Financial Benefits

by Jessica Kent

Predictive analytics have the potential to enhance care delivery, improve patient outcomes, and reduce care costs, enticing more healthcare executives to explore the implementation of data-driven tools.   According to a recent survey...

How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Radiology, Pathology

by Jessica Kent

Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools have the potential to analyze large datasets and extract meaningful insights to enhance patient outcomes, an ability that is proving helpful in radiology and pathology. Images obtained by...

Population Health Intervention Ups Hypertension Control by 6%

by Jessica Kent

Data-driven risk stratification and population health management strategies improved hypertension management by six percent in a safety-net clinic, indicating a promising approach for reducing care disparities, says a study published in...

AHA Honors Atrium Health for Care Quality, Reducing Disparities

by Jessica Kent

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized Atrium Health for its efforts in increasing healthcare quality and reducing care disparities in communities. Atrium Health ranked in the top five for the Quest for Quality prize,...

4 Natural Language Processing Use Cases for Healthcare Orgs

by Jessica Kent

The rise of big data in the healthcare industry is setting the stage for natural language processing (NLP) and other artificial intelligence tools to assist with improving the delivery of care.   NLP algorithms have already proven...

CHIO Role at CMS Will Enhance Data Sharing, Health IT Use

by Jessica Kent

The new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position at CMS will work with federal officials and industry stakeholders to improve care delivery and patient outcomes through increased data sharing and health IT use. First announced in...

Urgent Care Centers Show Lackluster Antibiotic Stewardship

by Jessica Kent

Nearly forty-six percent of urgent care center visits resulting in an antibiotic prescription were for conditions that do not call for antibiotic treatment , revealing that more robust antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) may be...

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