Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

AHA releases stroke risk assessment, guidelines for women

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Heart Association has released its first official guidelines intended to help women avoid being disabled or killed by a stroke.  The risk assessments target the gender more likely to be affected by blood clots that block vital pathways...

mHealth reminders improve diabetes care, reduce costs by 8.8%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics both improved their disease management and reduced healthcare spending after receiving text reminders to watch their blood sugar and other aspects of the disease, says a new study published in Health Affairs.  After...

Researchers study falls among the elderly with data analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and LifeSupport Medical are helping elderly patients avoid painful falls by assessing their risk with a mobile data lab.  Using a pressure pad that collects information on balance and gait,...

ONC releases EHR patient safety guides and tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

While many population health management tools are intended to help keep patients out of the hospital, it’s impossible to avoid all inpatient services.  For those people who do spend some time admitted to the ward, patient safety is a key area...

94% of patients would share health data if it improves care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient privacy doesn’t mean the same thing to providers that it did five years ago, and it doesn’t seem to mean the same thing to patients, either.  In the age of the internet over-share, where intimate details of relationships and the...

Parents unsure of care coordination responsibilities, procedures

by Jennifer Bresnick

Parents of children who need to be referred to a specialist are generally unsure of how to best arrange appointments and who should take the lead on issues like insurance coverage, expertise, and scheduling.  A poll conducted by the University...

MN hospitals reduce adverse events, raise patient safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals in Minnesota have made measurable progress in reducing adverse events such as falls and infections as part of a ten-year project to cut preventable readmissions and raise the quality of care.  The annual patient safety report for hospitals...

Hospitalized seniors need significant decision-making help

by Jennifer Bresnick

About half of elderly patients hospitalized for more than 48 hours for any reason need significant help from caregivers and family members to make decisions about their own care, says a new study published in JAMA this week.  From discharge...

Care coordination, analytics aid diabetes patients at Joslin

by Jennifer Bresnick

Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston is launching a new clinical analytics pilot at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Missouri to test the effectiveness of the Joslin Clinical Analytical Tool (JCAT) in reducing care gaps and flagging patient risks. ...

Findings in radiology studies differ widely state-to-state

by Jennifer Bresnick

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to radiology studies, those thousand words could produce ten different ICD-9 codes – or maybe no codes at all.  The ability to read MRI and CT scans takes practice, skill,...

IL Medicaid experiments with pop. health, clinical integration

by Jennifer Bresnick

Illinois’ State Medicaid programs are experimenting with accountable care initiatives including more robust population health management and a focus on care coordination and clinical integration in order to cut costs and better serve its...

ONC pushes “paradigm shift” to support patient-centered care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is heading into a new era with the appointment of new chief Karen DeSalvo, and is also taking a big step towards patient-centered accountable care with a new “Person @ Center” roadmap.  In a recent...

Evidence for PCMH success builds with lower costs, ED visits

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model has been proven successful in reducing overall healthcare spending, unnecessary emergency department visits, and inpatient admissions in 61% of peer-reviewed cases while improving overall population...

Study: Nonwhites have 33% higher post-surgical mortality rate

by Jennifer Bresnick

A study performed by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System reveals a disturbing 33% disparity between the mortality rates of white patients after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and those that identify as nonwhite. ...

OhioHealth uses big data analytics to increase hand hygiene

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using wireless sensors to collect real-time data on hand washing, hospital network OhioHealth and IBM will be able to gauge staff member hygiene and hopefully curtail the spread of deadly superbugs like MSRA and Clostridium difficile.  With...

Performance analytics for residents help quality benchmarking

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinicians at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine are currently evaluating the effectiveness of automated, real-time feedback system that extracts EHR data that provides performance reports for anesthesia residents.  By examining how often...

Clinical, performance analytics key to accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health IT that enables clinical, financial, and performance analytics is critical to the success of accountable care, according to IDC Health Insights.  Providers can no longer just rely on their EHRs as a primary technological tool to drive...

Low-income patients much less satisfied with care quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Low-income patients in California are significantly less content with their healthcare experience than more wealthy residents of the state according to a new report by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.  Low-income patients report...

JAMA: Tobacco control has major impact on population health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Efforts to reduce tobacco use in America have paid off by saving more than 8 million lives since 1964, says an article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Fifty years after the Surgeon General Luther...

Three ways big data is poised to change the face of healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Big data” is one of those terms that means everything and nothing to healthcare.  The data gathered by hospitals, physician providers, health information exchanges, and pharmacies can be applied to the big picture of a community, state,...

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