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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nurse Informaticists Can “Triage” EHR Optimization Problems

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Healthcare organizations still struggling to improve clinical workflows and address persistent EHR optimization and usability problems often turn first to their vendors in order to seek help with optimization.  After all, it’s...

Health Information Management Pros Need Security, EHR Data Skills

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The health information management (HIM) profession is changing rapidly alongside the evolving needs of healthcare organizations concerned about the quality of their EHR data – and their ability to safeguard that data with an...

New Medical Scribe Exam Keeps an Eye on EHR Data Integrity

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A new national certification program for medical scribes will help to guide the growth of a profession that has seen a massive surge in demand since the advent of the electronic health record. Medical scribes are individuals who are hired...

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