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Machine Learning Proves Effective for Opioid Risk Stratification

March 25, 2019 - Machine learning algorithms can offer effective risk stratification to identify individuals at elevated risk of an opioid overdose, says a new study published in JAMA Network Open this month. A machine learning tool developed by researchers at the University of Florida, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Utah was able to use administrative data...


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Social Determinants, Consumerism Become Focus for Healthcare

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2019 is shaping up to be a turbulent year for the healthcare industry as internal and external forces combine to put pressure on the status quo, according to a new survey from Change Healthcare and the HealthCare Executive...

Partners Fully Integrates with State Opioid Monitoring Program

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Partners HealthCare has fully integrated the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) directly into its electronic health record (EHR) system, becoming the first health system to gives its providers access...

Master Patient Index Creates Platform to Tackle Social Determinants

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As value-based approaches to healthcare reimbursement become more popular across the industry, provider groups are becoming increasingly focused on addressing the social determinants of health (SDOHs). Social determinants, such as...

Kaiser Permanente to Use Real-Time SDOH Data to End Homelessness

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Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will partner with Community Solutions to leverage real-time data about the social determinants of health (SDOH)  to end chronic homelessness in 15 communities. Kaiser Permanente will provide $3...

Precision Medicine Partnership Aims to Curb Adverse Drug Events

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The University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine - Phoenix and Banner Health have partnered to use precision medicine and clinical decision support to prevent adverse reactions to medications. The Flinn Foundation awarded a $1.5 million...

FDA: Data Analytics, New Policies Will Curb Opioid Abuse in 2019

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The FDA is expanding its efforts to address opioid abuse in 2019, with plans to utilize data analytics, implement new policies, and enhance research and innovation to combat the ongoing public health crisis. In a recent press release, FDA...

New York HIE Supports Population Health, Clinical Data Quality

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HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange (HIE) of Western New York, is continuing its efforts to improve population health, streamline clinical workflows, and boost data quality in the communities it serves. In its 2018 Report to the...

For Better Population Health, Invest in Primary Care Providers

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A higher number of primary care providers (PCPs) in a given region is associated with significant gains in life expectancy for resident populations, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Adding just 10 PCPs per...

Google Adds Local Opioid Disposal Data to Maps, Search

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Google is working to support public health by adding detailed opioid disposal site data to its maps and search results, according to a blog post from the tech company. Recognizing that the majority of opioid abuse situations are fueled by...

Health-Related Google Searches Increase Just Before ED Visit

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The number of online searches for health-related information spikes right before a patient presents to the emergency department, indicating that Dr. Google remains a key player in patient health habits, according to a study published in...

Kaiser’s Population Health Medical School Will Start Off Free

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Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will offer free tuition for the first five classes that enter the institution, the health system announced this week. The school, which will focus heavily on integrating population health...

Chronic Conditions Account for $8.3B in Avoidable ED Visits

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Emergency department (ED) visits for people with at least one chronic condition contributed to nearly 60 percent of all annual visits in 2017 and $8.3 billion in spending, says a report from Premier. Of these visits, over 4.3 million were...

Real-Time Data Plays Key Role in Population Health for PBMs

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Real-time data access is a core component of industry efforts to improve price transparency, ensure medication adherence, and support ongoing efforts to improve population health. At an educational session held during HIMSS19, top...

Google’s Verily to Open Data-Driven Opioid Treatment Center

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Verily, the health data innovation company owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is developing a physical campus dedicated to opioid treatment with a data-driven twist. The OneFifteen project, a “not-for-profit healthcare...

Providence St. Joseph Spins Off Population Health Company

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Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), the third-largest non-profit health system in the country, has announced the launch of a new population health company called Ayin Health Solutions. The new company will leverage PSJH’s learnings...

CMS Aims to Address Senior Poverty, Social Determinants of Health

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To drive down healthcare costs for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS is expanding policies to reduce prescription drug prices, increase community partnerships, and foster technological innovations that will address poverty and other social...

CMS Announces Awards for Care Disparities, Population Health

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HealthPartners, a consumer-governed healthcare organization, and Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, have received the 2019 CMS Health Equity Award for their work in improving care disparities and healthcare access. CMS presented...

Social Determinants of Health Impact Severity of Chronic Disease

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New Jersey’s poorest zip codes have the highest rates of individuals with chronic diseases seeking care in emergency rooms, showing a strong link between the social determinants of health and poor outcomes, according to a new state...

Kaiser Permanente Launches SDOH Initiatives Targeting Housing Security

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Kaiser Permanente has announced three new initiatives that will help to address the social determinants of health (SDOHs) by increasing access to affordable housing for vulnerable residents in California. The initiatives include investing...

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