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Machine Learning Complicates FDA Clinical Decision Support Guidance

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The FDA’s recent guidance on classifying and regulating clinical decision support (CDS) systems is currently too ambiguous for developers to effectively follow, contends the the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) in...

VA to Get “Aggressive” with Hospital Quality Improvement Program

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking an “aggressive new approach” to improving hospital quality at more than a dozen of its lowest-performing healthcare facilities, officials announced this week. Fifteen medical...

3 Keys to Drive Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

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For artificial intelligence in healthcare to grow, organizations must improve implementation strategies, data management, and leadership training, according to an Infosys report. The cross-industry survey of more than 1,000 business and...

AHIMA: Focus on Healthcare Big Data Analytics, Informatics in 2018

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The need for big data analytics, improved informatics, and stronger information governance will be some of the top issues for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a recent article from the Journal of AHIMA. The coming year is...

EHR Documentation Burdens Bring Usability, Satisfaction Declines

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EHR adoption rates among ophthalmologists are up to 72.1 percent, according to a survey published in JAMA Ophthalmology, but satisfaction is on the decline due to significant documentation and usability concerns. A research team headed by...

FDA Seeks Patient Engagement for Clinical Trials, Precision Medicine

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The FDA is seeking nominations of individuals interested in joining the new Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC), which will discuss how to improve patient engagement in medical product development, clinical trials, precision medicine,...

751 Orgs Get Medicare Penalties for Hospital Acquired Conditions

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Medicare has penalized 751 of the nation’s hospitals and health systems for high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs) such as preventable falls, infections, and pressure ulcers. Organizations included on the list will...

Pew: EHR Usability Concerns May Still Impact Patient Safety

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Electronic health records are quickly becoming the standard way clinicians track and retrieve patient information, but EHR usability can put patient safety in jeopardy, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. EHRs are a...

ONC Focuses on Data Governance with Patient Matching Framework

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The Office of the National Coordinator, in conjunction with CMMI institute, has released a new patient identification and patient matching framework to help ensure accurate care across an increasingly interoperable healthcare...

FDA Antibiotic Stewardship Tool Offers Centralized Data Resource

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The FDA has launched a new antibiotic stewardship system that will serve as a centralized data resource for antimicrobial drugs while providing physicians with the most up-to-date information to improve patient safety. The web pages offer...

47% of IT Pros Say Their Executives are Big Data “Illiterate”

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The healthcare industry may be in the midst of some of the biggest changes in its history, but close to half of executive leaders may not be entirely sure about the details of the digital revolution raging around them. According to a new...

Information Governance Gaining Ground in Healthcare Organizations

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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