Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Population Health Management

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...

CVS Retail Clinics, VA Partner for Care Coordination, Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Phoenix-area veterans who typically receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a new option for minor ailments: a local CVS Minute Clinic.  In an effort to improve care coordination and expand access to care for veterans,...

NH Population Health Management Program Cuts Overdoses by 34%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health management program in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on care coordination for substance abuse patients has reduced overdoses and fatalities in the region by 34 percent while saving nearly $2 million in utilization costs....

CMS Picks Care Coordination Hubs for Accountable Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has selected 32 participants for its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program, an effort to improve care coordination and address the socioeconomic determinates of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid populations. The five-year...

NCQA Revamps Patient-Centered Medical Home to Ease Adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

NCQA has announced a redesign of its popular patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition program that will lower the burdens of adoption and upkeep for primary care providers. The new patient-centered medical home process promotes flexibility...

Population Health Management Could Cut US Disability Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government agencies search for more creative ways to reduce spending on public and private benefits programs, they may not have to look much further than the basics of population health management....

Web-Based Health Risk Assessments Accurately Flag Depression

by Jennifer Bresnick

Web-based health risk assessments (HRAs) are an accurate and cost-effective way to screen patients for depression, finds a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, allowing healthcare providers to proactively stratify high-risk...

IBM Watson Gets SNOMED CT Infusion to Enhance Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM Watson is continuing its extensive medical education by adopting the SNOMED-CT clinical concept coding system to enhance its machine learning and data analytics.  The partnership between IBM Watson Health and SNOMED International, the...

CT Medical Society Announces New Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Three years after Connecticut shut down its attempt at a regional health information exchange, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is taking another crack at improving interoperability and data analytics across the state – but this...

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