Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

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Identifying Big Data Sources for Population Health Management

January 2, 2018 - Effective population health management is beginning to require healthcare providers to rely heavily on big data derived from both their own health IT systems and from their business partners.  Identifying patients at high risk of developing chronic diseases or falling away from maintenance protocols is a significant challenge for many organizations, but is quickly becoming an essential...


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