Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Population Health Management

ICU Admissions from Opioid Overdoses Increase 34% Since 2009

August 17, 2017 - The number of opioid overdoses requiring admission to intensive care has skyrocketed by more than a third since 2009, bringing higher death rates and significantly more spending on high-intensity hospital care, according to a new study from the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Between January 2009 and September 2015, the number of opioid overdoses requiring ICU admission increased...


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Walgreens Offers Online Library of Population Health Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a bid to further position itself as a leader in population health management that goes far beyond the pharmacy, Walgreens has announced the launch of an online library of healthcare research studies. The Center for Health and Wellbeing Research...

How Big Data Analytics Companies Support Value-Based Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

As value-based reimbursement takes an increasingly firm hold on the healthcare industry, provider organizations are leaning heavily on their EHR and big data analytics vendor partners to equip them with the tools, health IT infrastructure, and...

How Healthcare Big Data Analytics Helps Build Smart Societies

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers often have little choice but to focus completely on conquering the constant stream of EHR grunt work, reporting requirements, and minor administrative emergencies that make up the majority of day-to-day practice.  While...

Machine Learning to Fuel “Collective Intelligence” of Human Dx Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

Machine learning may soon make intelligent, informed healthcare decision-making power available to underserved and uninsured populations through an online global network of volunteer physicians called the Human Diagnosis (Dx) Project.  Supported...

Nutrition Risk Assessment Saves $4.8M, Cuts Hospital Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Implementing a patient nutrition care program at four Chicago-area hospitals helped Advocate Health Care accrue more than $4.8 million dollars in savings by reducing hospital readmissions and shortening inpatient stays, according to a new article...

DOJ Leverages Big Data Analytics to Combat Opioid Fraud, Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Justice has announced a new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit that will largely rely on healthcare data analytics to identify and address misuse of controlled substances. The task force, which will focus specifically on...

GAO Eyes Population Health, Big Data with HIT Advisory Committee

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management and big data analytics skills are high on the priority list for the fifteen new members of the Government Accountability Office’s new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. Established by the 21st...

Claims Data Analytics Show Diabetes Has Third Largest Health Impact

by Jennifer Bresnick

Diabetes remains among the top three most impactful, costly, and common chronic diseases in the nation, says a new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), significantly affecting more patients than heart disease, cancer, or...

ACA Uncertainty Won’t Alter Population Health Focus for Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the endless political wrangling over the Affordable Care Act and the uncertainty created by the White House’s obfuscation about continued marketplace funding, population health management isn’t slipping down the priority list...

How Big Data Analytics Underpins Every Healthcare Trend

by Jennifer Bresnick

While the concept of leveraging big data analytics has quickly moved from cutting-edge novelty to fundamental competency for healthcare organizations, many providers still struggle to turn information overload into actionable insight. The challenges...

“All of Us” Taps First Community Precision Medicine Partners

by Jennifer Bresnick

The “All of Us” precision medicine project is taking another step forward by naming the first set of community partners who will help recruit individuals to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative’s biobanking program....

NQF: Adding Socioeconomic Risk to Population Health Measures is a Challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

Socioeconomic risk factors and community determinants of health are becoming increasingly important to care providers concerned about how to succeed with population health management and chronic disease care, yet incorporating these variables...

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....

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...

Geisinger, Baylor Granted $3.5M for Patient Safety Learning Lab

by Jennifer Bresnick

Geisinger Health System and the Baylor College of Medicine have received a three-year, $3.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish a patient safety learning lab focused on reducing harm and improving clinical accuracy....

How Do Population Health, Public Health, Community Health Differ?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The rapid proliferation of value-based care arrangements, driven by EHR adoption and the subsequent explosion of big data, has given providers both the opportunity and the financial imperative to focus on delivering holistic, preventive healthcare...

Missouri Gov. Creates State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Governor Eric Greitens has signed an executive order creating a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) for Missouri.  The new initiative, intended to help fight the spiraling opioid epidemic, means that Missouri has finally joined the...

Top 10 Challenges of Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management has become a must-have competency for healthcare providers of all types, sizes, and specialties. As risk-based contracting and pay-for-performance arrangements start to provide enhanced financial incentives for...

Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning Support 2017 Most Wired Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

A select group of hospitals and health systems that have fully committed to leveraging big data analytics, machine learning, and other advanced health IT systems are celebrating their designations as the American Hospital Association’s...

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