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71% of Veterans Affairs Hospitals Improve on Care Quality

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Nearly three-quarters of Veterans Affairs hospitals have improved on care quality and certain patient outcomes measures, according to the latest data from the VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report...

Data Standards, API Development Will Support Health Data Exchange

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Shared data standards and industry-wide adoption of application programming interfaces (APIs) will be key to promoting improved health data exchange, according to a recent brief from the Pew Charitable Trusts.   APIs have the...

PCORI Data Sharing Policy Supports Analytics, Health Data Exchange

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved a new policy that will encourage data sharing among researchers with the goal of accelerating big data analytics and secure health information exchange. The new policy...

80% of CMIOs Say Medication Management Boosts Patient Safety

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More than 80 percent of CMIOs believe medication management initiatives are actively helping to reduce the number of adverse drug events that can threaten patient safety, according to a recent survey from the Association of Medical...

CMS Adds Hospitals to Medicare Disparities Data Visualization Tool

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CMS has expanded the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool to include a Hospital View, which enables users to compare healthcare quality and outcomes at the hospital level and identify care disparities for Medicare patients. Launched in...

NJ Hospital Association Launches Big Data Analytics Center

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The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has launched a new center that will use big data analytics techniques to identify and address gaps in care. The NJHA Center for Health Analytics, Research, and Transformation (CHART) will apply...

Data Analytics Support $62M in Next Generation ACO Savings

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Data analytics and other health IT tools played an integral role in helping Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) Model generate net savings of approximately $62 million for the Medicare program, states a new report from...

Adherence to Clinical Decision Support Cuts Costs by $1K Per Patient

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Adhering to a real-time clinical decision support system embedded in the EHR helped providers at Cedars-Sinai cut wasteful healthcare spending by almost $1000 per patient and improve patient outcomes, according to a study published in The...

Top 4 Ways Providers, Vendors Can Improve EHR Usability

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The arrival of the electronic health record (EHR) in healthcare has brought just as many challenges as it has benefits, with patient advocates often citing poor EHR usability as the root cause of adverse patient safety events. To enhance...

Business Intelligence Newcomers Challenge Epic in Healthcare Market

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Epic has the deepest adoption of business intelligence capabilities among its customers, with clients leveraging the company’s predictive algorithms to improve decision support and patient outcomes. However, organizations are also...

Health Data Governance, Analytics Bring AHIMA Award to Yale New Haven

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A highly structured and comprehensive approach to health data governance, data analytics, and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) has brought the 2018 AHIMA Grace Award to Yale New Haven Health (YNHH). The annual award recognizes...

Top 4 Ways Data Governance Can Positively Impact Patient Care

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Healthcare organizations are often told that the importance of a strong data governance plan cannot be overstated, especially as their big data assets grow exponentially in this primarily digital era.  With EHR data, lab data, the...

Improving Care Coordination, Data Exchange with Direct Messaging

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Meaningful care coordination and more efficient clinical workflows depend on seamless data exchange between primary care providers, specialists, and their patients. While much of the industry has struggled to create sufficient...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Key to ACOs, Population Health

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Advanced primary care models such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) may contribute to improved population health outcomes and lower costs in accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a recent report from the...

3 Steps to Reduce Diagnostic, Medication Errors with EHRs, APIs

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Health IT has become an integral part of the care continuum, offering the promise of optimal, standardized care delivery. However, poor development and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) can contribute to adverse patient...

GAO: CMS Lacks Adequate Data to Monitor Opioid Prescribing

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CMS should gather more comprehensive data on Medicare patients and providers to sufficiently monitor and prevent opioid overprescribing, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).   Misuse of opioids...

Patient-Reported Data on Readmissions, Complications is Accurate

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Patient-reported data can be a valuable resource for healthcare providers looking to develop longitudinal records of past events, such as emergency room care, hospital readmissions, and complications from previous procedures, according to...

AHA Honors Atrium Health for Care Quality, Reducing Disparities

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized Atrium Health for its efforts in increasing healthcare quality and reducing care disparities in communities. Atrium Health ranked in the top five for the Quest for Quality prize,...

Urgent Care Centers Show Lackluster Antibiotic Stewardship

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Nearly forty-six percent of urgent care center visits resulting in an antibiotic prescription were for conditions that do not call for antibiotic treatment , revealing that more robust antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) may be...

US Digital Service Revamps CMS, QPP User Experience from the Inside Out

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The notorious inefficiency of the federal government has long been a common complaint for citizens, businesses, and other entities attempting to acquire information, apply for programs, or receive acknowledgement for some...

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