Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer young medical...

Claims Big Data Analytics Flags Medication Non-Adherence Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Claims data is often cited as a goldmine for emerging big data analytics strategies, due to their comprehensive and generally standardized nature.  Coupled with diagnostic information and clinical notes found in EHRs, researchers can fill...

Value Score Moves from EHR Adoption into Real Health IT Value

by Jennifer Bresnick

Asking a healthcare professional how their electronic health record has brought value to their daily routine is a question that may garner more glares and frowns than happy responses.  Provider dissatisfaction with the EHR ecosystem is nothing...

Five New Year’s Resolutions for Physicians and Health IT Pros

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s that time of the year again: time to finish up the last of the Christmas cookies, regret making plans to attend an overpriced New Year’s Eve event, and scribble down those resolutions you absolutely, positively, definitely promise...

176M May Be Covered by Accountable Care Organizations by 2020

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have quickly become one of the industry’s most successful strategies for enlisting providers in value-based reimbursement arrangements, and have rapidly brought significant changes to population health...

EHR Use, Big Data Analytics Help Hospitals Earn Top EMRAM Marks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Advanced use of electronic health records to improve patient safety, care coordination, HIE, and provider productivity is the hallmark of the upper echelons of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) score, and a number of hospitals have proved...

Genomics, Big Data Bring Precision Medicine to Pediatric Cancer

by Jennifer Bresnick

Precision medicine techniques, including next-generation genomic sequencing, have the potential to revolutionize the development of treatments for seriously ill patients across the spectrum of clinical care.  From neurodegenerative diseases...

CMS Details MACRA, MIPS Accountable Care Quality Metrics

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is bringing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) one step closer to its 2019 implementation date by providing the industry with a timeline for the development of quality metrics and other measures that will gauge provider performance...

Kaiser Permanente Targets Population Health with New Med School

by Jennifer Bresnick

Not content with being one of the nation’s largest healthcare provider systems and a key innovator in the health IT space, Kaiser Permanente is taking its leadership role one step further by opening up a new medical school, officials announced...

Can Population Health Management Succeed Without IT Support?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations are rapidly embracing the principles behind coordinated population health management, but few providers who claim to have such programs in place have adopted a dedicated health IT solution to help them identify, treat,...

5 Questions to Prep for Healthcare Big Data Analytics in 2016

by Jennifer Bresnick

2015 may have been a big year for healthcare big data analytics, but the next twelve months are likely to bring even greater challenges for organizations investing in improved patient care quality strategies while seeking a competitive edge over...

50M Patients Will Access Open EHR Notes with New Partnership

by Jennifer Bresnick

Fifty million patients across the nation will soon have access to more of their electronic health record information thanks to a $10 million joint initiative between the Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Peterson Center...

23% of Hospitals See Payment Cuts for Patient Safety, HACs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient safety deficiencies and high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs) have led CMS to cut reimbursement rates for 758 hospitals, representing 22.9 percent of the 3308 organizations subject to the HAC Reduction Program.  Fiscal...

Bringing the Patient Voice into an Accountable Care Organization

by Shanti Wilson

While the growth rate of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has slowed over the past two years, and despite several departures from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO program, approximately 70 percent of the US population live in areas served by...

Can Patient Portals Provide Options for Mental Healthcare?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers searching for better ways to make behavioral and mental healthcare available to their patients may not need to look much further than their own computer screens.  As online portals and secure messaging tools become more commonplace,...

EHR Use, Population Health Lessons from a Davies Award Winner

by Jennifer Bresnick

HealthNet, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Indiana, is a recipient of this year’s HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence, a program that recognizes outstanding improvement in patient care, outcomes, EHR adoption,...

Coordinated Care Mentality Linked to Higher EHR Adoption Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations that employ advanced practice providers (APPs) like nurse practitioners and physician assistants were more likely to have adopted electronic health records and advanced care coordination technologies, according to a study...

Physicians, Lawmakers Rally to Retool Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The year may be winding down as the healthcare industry approaches the holidays, but providers, lawmakers, and advocacy groups are not easing up on the pressure to hit the brakes on Stage 3 meaningful use.  The last step of the EHR Incentive...

Is Population Health Management Paying Off for Diabetes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Disease Control released some unusual news this week.  The number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes is starting to exhibit definite signs of a downward trend, even as population health management programs become more and more...

Hospital Acquired Conditions, Patient Safety Hold Steady in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Key hospital quality and patient safety metrics, including the rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs), certain infections, and adverse drug events (ADEs), have not seen significant change from 2013 to 2014.  However, these events remain...

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