Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Population Health Management

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...

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 Journal...

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 Semantics...

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 of...

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, North...

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 leverages...

Unique Device Identifiers in Claims Could Aid Healthcare Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Adding unique device identifiers (UDIs) to claims data could significant improve patient safety and healthcare analytics, argues a new letter to CMS and the FDA, and speeding up the regulatory process requiring the change “would equip patients,...

Senate Bill Might Bolster Medicare Chronic Care Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Senate Committee on Finance will be taking a hearing today on a bill that aims to improve the delivery of chronic care management and provide more opportunities for Medicare patients to benefit from population health management activities....

New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers are...

Epic Systems EHR Brings Care Coordination to Walgreens Retail Clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare providers....

NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity...

Penn Med. Population Health Analytics Dashboard Wins ECRI Prize

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health analytics dashboard that brings big data to the point of care has secured the ECRI Institute’s 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. The health IT tool, called...

Top Healthcare Business Intelligence Companies by Hospital Users

by Kate Monica

In an increasingly data-driven environment, healthcare business intelligence companies are offering hospitals the health IT tools they need to participate in value-based care, population health management, and operational analytics. Business...

Nurses Play Collaborative Role in Care Coordination, Planning

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nurses must be intimately involved in the collaborative task of planning and executing care coordination strategies for patients receiving services from multiple providers – especially when value-based reimbursements are at stake, says...

VA, DOE Launch Healthcare Big Data, Machine Learning Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Energy are launching their joint initiative to foster the development of healthcare big data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in order to support population health...

Humana Refines Diabetes Risk Stratification Tool Using ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to improve the delivery of targeted chronic disease management services to diabetes patients, Humana has revamped its Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) risk stratification tool to use ICD-10 codes, the payer detailed in...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

Cherokees Sue McKesson, CVS, Wal-Mart for Lax Opioid Monitoring

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit in tribal court against several large pharmacy chains and healthcare providers for their alleged role in allowing opioids to flood into Native American communities, contributing to the widespread epidemic...

HHS Distributes $458M in 21st Century Cures Opioid Abuse Grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

HHS is planning to boost the fight against opioid abuse and addiction on a large scale by preparing to disburse $485 million in grant funding to all 50 states and every US territory.  The funding stems from the 21st Century Cures Act and...

AMA: Real EHR Data in Med School Will Boost “Informatics IQ”

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is continuing its efforts to modernize the medical school experience by partnering with the Regenstrief Institute to integrate electronic health records more deeply into physician education. As part of the AMA’s...

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