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Workflow Standards Key for Improved EHR Usability, Safety

July 19, 2018 - Health IT developers and providers should work together and define workflow and implementation strategies to enhance electronic health record (EHR) usability and safety, according to a study conducted by MedStar Health and the American Medical Association (AMA). Although federal regulations require EHR vendors to design and test their products to ensure end-user satisfaction, EHR usabili...


Lack of Data Analytics Tools Deflates Faith in Value-Based Care


The road to value-based care has never been a smooth one, but healthcare providers and payers may be in the midst of a particularly bumpy part of the journey, reveals a new survey from Quest Diagnostics.  Confidence in the transition t...Just under three quarters of survey participants – including payer executives – acknowledged that physicians do not have sufficient access to all the information they need about their patients.  Again, this number is higher...While relatively few organizations are looking to bring new technologies into their environments in the near future, they are optimistic that emerging tools and strategies, including artificial intelligence, FHIR, blockchain, and bioinforma...

How to Integrate Clinical Care with Mental, Behavioral Healthcare


As the industry continues its shift from volume to value, healthcare organizations should consider innovative strategies for incorporating mental and behavioral healthcare services with the clinical environment. Delivering high-quality, pre...

Addressing Chronic Disease with Population Health Management Strategies


Chronic diseases are among the most costly, prevalent, and avoidable ailments impacting population health. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and opioid addiction claim thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year. The Cente...

Machine Learning Tool IDs Macular Degeneration as Well as Humans


Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), together with collaborators at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, have developed a machine learning tool that can detect age-related macular degeneration (AM...

Data Analytics, PDMP Use Can Combat the Opioid Crisis


Healthcare leaders, lawmakers, and regulators can combat the opioid crisis by expanding data access for providers, optimizing data analytics tools, and encouraging alternative methods of pain management, according to recommendations from th...

Pew: Better Patient Matching, APIs Will Enhance Interoperability


Improved patient matching, the effective use of application program interfaces (APIs), and standardized clinical data will enhance interoperability in Medicare and increase health data access for patients, says the Pew Charitable Trusts in ...

ONC Views APIs as Key to Health Data Exchange, Interoperability


Application programming interfaces (APIs), or standardized “hooks” that allow disparate applications to connect with one another, will continue to be an important tool for increasing health data exchange, preventing information ...

Top 5 Collaborative Tasks for Population Management, Public Health


Promoting and maintaining population health has always required combined effort from public health offices, private healthcare entities, and social service organizations. Each sector plays its own distinct role in addressing the community, ...

The Sequoia Project Updates Patient Matching Framework


Improving data integrity, standardizing electronic health record (EHR) practices, and enhancing workflows will reduce the number and severity of patient matching issues, according to a recently released white paper from The Sequoia Project....

NIH Data Science Plan Aims to Boost Data Analytics, Access


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released the final draft of its Strategic Plan for Data Science, which seeks to enhance biomedical research by boosting healthcare data analytics capabilities, data access, and data sharing. In or...

NCQA Project Promotes Patient-Centered, Quality Care


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that it will launch the Person-Driven Outcome Measures Project, an endeavor to enhance care quality and promote patient-centered care by helping older individuals with c...

Costs Fell by 11% When Payer Addressed Social Determinants of Health


Organizations that account for the social determinants of health and connect patients to services that meet their social needs could reduce spending by approximately 11 percent within a year, according to a recent study.   HealthConnec...

Deep Learning Tool Tops Dermatologists in Melanoma Detection


A deep learning tool identified melanoma in dermoscopic images with more accuracy than dermatologists, according to a study published in the Annals of Oncology. The convolutional neural network (CNN) scored ten percent higher in terms of sp...

ONC Offers $80K for Tools to Improve EHR Reporting for Patient Safety


ONC is offering $80,000 in prize money to developers who can create a simple, intuitive method for reporting patient safety concerns through the electronic health record.   “Reporting on the safe use of health IT – especial...

NIH Recommends Precision Medicine Approach to Treat Alzheimer’s


Precision medicine, big data analytics, and stakeholder collaboration could improve treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to recommendations from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ...

Anthem’s HealthCore Offers Big Data Access for Healthcare Analytics


HealthCore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anthem, has announced that life sciences companies can now access its big data assets to leverage for analytics. The datasets longitudinal medical and pharmacy claims data from over 48 million indivi...

Machine Learning, EHR Big Data Analytics Predict Sepsis


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Heinz College are applying a machine learning algorithm to big data in the electronic health record (EHR) to more accurately predict sepsis, one of the most dangerous and insidious hos...“Anybody can get sepsis from a multitude of infections, at different sites, and with different comorbid profiles.” Traditionally, providers identify high-risk sepsis patients by evaluating symptoms and medical histories. However...

Why Healthcare Should Study Up on Lessons Learned in Fintech


The healthcare industry’s slow but steady transition from volume to value is about much more than reshaping the delivery of clinical care.  While improving quality is certainly a daunting challenge in and of itself, stakeholders ...In the nine years between 2008 and 2017, more than 440 of those companies have targeted insurance customer acquisition, and 417 have been dedicated to improving operations within entities offering products including life, auto, commercial, ...Traditional financial institutions are being forced to prove their ongoing value to consumers in much the same way that healthcare delivery systems must persuade patients that staying within their network will offer the most options while e...Data security, regulatory uncertainty, lack of organizational buy-in, interoperability with legacy systems, and insufficient resources for up-front investment are all major concerns for both start-up fintech entities and their incumbent pee...

Natural Language Processing, Voice Tools Offer Solutions to EHR Woes


Artificial intelligence and machine learning are relatively new additions to the tools and applications that now power a large portion of the healthcare industry, but some providers have been using aspects of these strategies for much longe...For many healthcare providers, including those practicing at Pennsylvania-based WellSpan Health, natural language processing tools can be a game changing option for interacting with the electronic health record. “Voice recognition can...


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