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Is a Public Health Emergency Enough to Combat the Opioid Crisis?

October 27, 2017 - The opioid crisis is now an official public health emergency, the White House announced this week, recognizing the incredible toll of illegal drugs and prescription painkillers on the American population. With more than 300,000 opioid-related deaths since the year 2000, the declaration acknowledges that new approaches to substance abuse prevention and treatment are required to address the...


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FDA Asks for Input on Modernizing to Meet Public Health Needs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA is urging healthcare stakeholders to provide input on how reshaping the agency’s complex regulations could better help the industry meet its most pressing public health needs, says Anna Abram, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning,...

CDC Awards $28.6M for Big Data Analytics to Track Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Improving the nation’s big data analytics capabilities is critical for success in the ongoing fight against opioid abuse at the state level, says the CDC, as the substance abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities on a massive scale....

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....

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...

Regenstrief, IU to Offer Population Health, Informatics Training

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University (IU) have announced a new program focusing on training researchers in population health informatics.  Funded by a $2.5 million award from the National Library of Medicine, the collaboration...

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 community...

HHS Offers $70M in Grants to Prevent Opioid Abuse, Overdoses

by Thomas Beaton

HHS has announced over $70 million in grant funding to help communities and providers across the care continuum reduce the incidence of opioid abuse and overdoses. The grants, authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA),...

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...

ACP: Use Population Health to Combat Opioids, Substance Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry must collaborate with the broader public health community to take a population health management approach to combating opioid misuse and substance abuse, states the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position...

Hospitals Face Higher Costs, More ED Visits from Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Opioid abuse has quickly become one of the nation’s most pressing population health management issues, not only because of its toll on patients, but increasingly because of the financial impact on hospitals and the rest of the healthcare...

FDA App Challenge Honors Opioid Abuse, Overdose Tool

by Sara Heath

A California-based startup has won an FDA app challenge aimed at fighting opioid abuse and preventing deadly overdoses. OD Help, created by PwrdBy, connects potential opioid overdose victims with naloxone carriers, said the FDA in a blog post....

Groups Laud Health IT, Public Health Clauses of 21st Century Cures Act

by Jennifer Bresnick

UPDATE: President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The 21st Century Cures Act may have been primarily billed as a research stimulus package aimed at expanding the nation’s investment in precision medicine...

AMA Renews Commitment to Public Health after Election Results

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the “anxiety” and “dollop of dread” likely resulting from this November’s Presidential election, the American Medical Association will continue its fight to improve public health, educate providers about...

AMA Adopts New Patient Safety, Population Health Policies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The annual meeting of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates produced a slew of new policies and position statements designed to help the nation’s physicians improve patient safety, expand access to care, leverage emerging...

VA, Walgreens partner for exchange of immunization data

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding a health information exchange program with Walgreens, allowing the retail pharmacy chain to provide immunizations to veterans in order to improve access to flu shots and other recommended vaccines. ...

HIMSS releases HIE toolkit for public health agencies

by Jennifer Bresnick

In order to help public health organizations better understand the uses and benefits of health information exchanges (HIEs), HIMSS has released its Public Health and HIE Toolkit.  The collection of resources is designed to encourage public health...

ONC: Public health reporting relies on EHR infrastructure

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the healthcare industry moves through the next stages of Meaningful Use, shifting the emphasis onto leveraging the patient data collected in such enormous quantities by EHRs, providers have new challenges to face when it comes to managing...

Will meaningful use overwhelm public health reporting system?

by Jennifer Bresnick

While more data is usually a good thing when it comes to analytics, a group of researchers from Indiana is worried that that the avalanche of information heading towards public health agencies under Stage 2 of meaningful use may overwhelm an...

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