Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Population Health Management

By 2025, Blockchain, IoT, Machine Learning Will Converge in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Within the next five to ten years, healthcare organizations are likely to have access to integrated health IT platforms based on an emerging set of information management technologies including blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and...

Mental Health Patients Receive Half of All Opioid Prescriptions

by Jennifer Bresnick

While patients with recognized mental health issues comprise just over 15 percent of the US population, these individuals receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions from providers, according to a new study published in...

Value-Based Care Requires Good Big Data, Better Communication

by Jennifer Bresnick

Brevity may be the soul of wit in the literary world, but it’s the opposite of a good thing when it comes to safe, comprehensive, and cost-effective patient care.  In the value-based care environment, where multiple entities...

Natural Language Processing, AI to Foster Clinical Decision Tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinical decision support (CDS) tools that feed on unstructured big data are in high demand from healthcare organizations seeking to improve care quality and gain a competitive edge over their peers.  Driven by rapid advances in...

CMS Support Program Turns Safety Net Providers into Medical Homes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Federally qualified healthcare centers (FQHCs) that received technical and financial assistance from a CMS demonstration program were significantly more likely to become high-level patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) than peers who did...

NY Public, Private HIEs Connect for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Public and private health information exchange (HIE) networks in New York State are teaming up to improve population health management in the nation’s most crowded metropolitan region. Healthix, the largest public HIE in the...

CDC Works to Improve Public Health Data Analytics, Surveillance

by Jennifer Bresnick

It may seem as if the clinical environment has taken the lead in collecting data and leveraging analytics for population health, but ambulatory providers and hospitals aren’t the only entities involved in surveilling and predicting...

“All of Us” Precision Medicine Program Enters Beta Testing

by Jennifer Bresnick

The first beta test participants in the All of Us Research Program have started to contribute their personal health data to the nation-wide precision medicine program, says Director Eric Dishman. The program, previously known as the PMI...

Epic Systems, Cerner Remain Leading Population Health Companies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The major health IT powerhouses will continue to dominate the population health software market as EHRs, predictive analytics, and revenue cycle tools merge into comprehensive patient management platforms, according to a new report from...

Which Healthcare Data is Important for Population Health Management?

by Jennifer Bresnick

From claims to electronic health records to input from the Internet of Things, healthcare organizations have a whole lot of data on their hands. Big data has become one of the industry’s most precious business assets, but it can...

How Care Management, Care Coordination Differ in Health IT

by Jennifer Bresnick

The terms “care management” and “care coordination” are starting to take on slightly different flavors in the health IT world as software companies create new offerings for the growing value-based care marketplace,...

Brown Gets $1.1M to Study Medicare Post-Discharge Care Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Peterson Center on Healthcare has announced a two-year $1.1 million grant that will allow researchers at Brown University to study how to improve post-discharge care coordination for Medicare beneficiaries. The new initiative will...

FDA: Education, Population Health Can Fight Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Newly minted FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is coming out swinging against the rising tide of opioid abuse, stressing the important role of population health management strategies and education in preventing unintentional addiction to...

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...

Clinical Decision Support App May Cut CTs for Head Injuries

by Jennifer Bresnick

A clinical decision support (CDS) application that includes patient education and risk stratification may be able to reduce the delivery – and costs – of unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, says a new study in the...

QIO Program Boosts Medicare Care Coordination, Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program saw a number of successes in 2016, according to the initiative’s annual report, including significant gains in care coordination, behavioral healthcare, chronic disease...

IBM, Rensselaer Open Cognitive Computing Center for Chronic Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced a five-year collaboration centered on applying advances in cognitive computing and machine learning to healthcare. The Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and...

VA Falls Short on EHR Use to Document Suicide Risk, Prevention

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinicians within the Department of Veterans Affairs are not sufficiently adhering to suicide prevention and treatment protocols for high-risk patients, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In a review...

CMS Expands Comprehensive Primary Care Plus to New Regions

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced the expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program to four new regions, adding to a successful primary care model that serves patients with complex needs. Eligible participants in Louisiana, Nebraska,...

Cerner Pilot Uses Population Health Analytics for Chronic Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Missouri have teamed up with Cerner Corporation to develop a new set of population health analytics algorithms to support a comprehensive chronic care management program for patients. The pilot program...

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