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Information Governance Gaining Ground in Healthcare Organizations

October 12, 2017 - Information governance (IG) initiatives are becoming easier to find in the healthcare industry as organizations recognize that the growing volume and value of big data require a coordinated plan of attack. In a new survey released by AHIMA at the 89th Annual Exhibit & Convention, 53 percent of respondents said they have information governance programs in place or recognize the...


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Coding, CDI Outsourcing Improve Case Mix, Healthcare Data Integrity

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Healthcare organizations that partner with coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) outsourcing experts have seen more accurate claims coding, increased case mix indexes, and enhanced operational efficiencies, says a pair of new industry...

21% of Patients See Medical Errors, but Providers Deny Responsibility

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Just over a fifth of patients have experienced medical errors at some point during their care, yet healthcare providers are reluctant to speak openly about mistakes or take responsibility for improper actions, according to a new survey from NORC...

EHR Usability Shortfalls May Up Pediatric Patient Safety Risks

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EHR usability and design flaws may be putting pediatric patient safety at risk, and must be addressed by vendors and rule makers in order to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to children, says a coalition of healthcare stakeholders in...

56% of Hospitals Lack Big Data Governance, Analytics Plans

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Despite growing excitement and high investment in big data analytics to support ongoing innovation in healthcare, long-term planning and data governance are not a very strong suit for the majority of hospitals responding to a survey by Dimensional...

CA Children’s Hospitals Win Davies Award for Analytics, Safety

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Patient safety improvements supported by big data analytics and health IT tools have secured the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health. The hospitals improved safety...

EHR Scribes Save Time, But Do They Produce Accurate Health Data?

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Electronic health records (EHRs) have been endlessly criticized, fairly or otherwise, for distracting physicians from their patients, extending long work days, and creating burnout conditions for highly-trained providers.  To overcome these...

CMS Requests Input on “New Direction” in Patient-Centered Care

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CMS officials have opened up an informal survey designed to collect public input on how the agency can take an innovative approach to fostering affordable, effective patient-centered care. With a focus on value-based reimbursement structures...

Why Patient-Reported Outcomes Data is Key to Healthcare Quality

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Considering that the ultimate goal of healthcare is to help patients live high-quality, productive lives, it would seem that patient-reported outcomes data should be the foundation upon which all quality improvement efforts are built.  Yet...

Patient Matching, Health IT Standards Critical for Interoperability

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Trustworthy interoperability of accurate, meaningful, and timely health data must be predicated upon reliable patient matching techniques and widely shared health IT standard, states the Pew Charitable Trusts in a letter addressed to National...

Decision Support, Big Data Analytics Reduce Hospital Blood Use

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Big data analytics and the implementation of clinical decision support guidelines can help hospitals and health systems reduce unnecessary blood use and associated spending, according to a pair of new studies released this week. At a cost of...

Geisinger, Baylor Granted $3.5M for Patient Safety Learning Lab

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Geisinger Health System and the Baylor College of Medicine have received a three-year, $3.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish a patient safety learning lab focused on reducing harm and improving clinical accuracy....

AMIA: Health Informatics Can Help Overcome the Big Data “Deluge”

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Organizations that wish to avoid drowning in the big data deluge should turn to the life raft of health informatics, which can help providers and researchers better use data to produce meaningful quality improvements, says the American Medical...

Value-Based Care Requires Good Big Data, Better Communication

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Brevity may be the soul of wit in the literary world, but it’s the opposite of a good thing when it comes to safe, comprehensive, and cost-effective patient care.  In the value-based care environment, where multiple entities may be...

ONC Releases C-CDA “Checkup” Tool for Healthcare Providers

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Organizations that aren’t sure if their Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) formatting and presentation are up to snuff can now get a simple numerical quality score from a new online ONC tool.  The One Click Scorecard...

Top 10 Challenges of Big Data Analytics in Healthcare

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Big data analytics is turning out to be one of the toughest undertakings in recent memory for the healthcare industry.  Providers who have barely come to grips with putting data into their electronic health records (EHR) are now being asked...

Brown Gets $1.1M to Study Medicare Post-Discharge Care Quality

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The Peterson Center on Healthcare has announced a two-year $1.1 million grant that will allow researchers at Brown University to study how to improve post-discharge care coordination for Medicare beneficiaries. The new initiative will combine...

Understanding the Many V’s of Healthcare Big Data Analytics

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Extracting actionable insights from big data analytics – and perhaps especially healthcare big data analytics – is one of the most complex challenges that organizations can face in the modern technological world. In the healthcare...

HIM Pros Must Shift from Coding to Health Informatics, Analytics

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The health information management (HIM) profession is in the middle of a seismic shift as healthcare informatics and big data analytics become increasingly prized skills across the industry. Traditional coding competencies are likely to...

Unique Device Identifiers in Claims Could Aid Healthcare Analytics

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Adding unique device identifiers (UDIs) to claims data could significant improve patient safety and healthcare analytics, argues a new letter to CMS and the FDA, and speeding up the regulatory process requiring the change “would equip patients,...

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