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Quest Diagnostics Plans to Form Precision Oncology Center of Excellence

June 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Quest Diagnostics is acquiring two laboratory businesses in Lewisville, Texas, with the aim to establish a center of excellence providing diagnostic services to aid the detection and management of cancer for oncologists and patients nationwide.

UCHealth Forms New Applied Decision Science Lab

June 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The UCHealth CARE Innovation Center’s new Applied Decision Science Lab (ADSL) will focus on developing more effective ways to use decision support science to reduce clinical variation, streamline provider workflows, enhance clinician decision making and improve...

Microsoft Donates Data Analysis Tool to Aid Research into SIDS

June 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A team of data scientists from Microsoft Corp. donated a new research tool to Seattle Children's Research Institute, one of the top five pediatric research centers in the United States, to aid medical research into sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

At One North Carolina Health System, Transforming the IT Infrastructure to Meet Future Needs

June 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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For Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s executive leaders, modernizing the IT infrastructure was an imperative to support new technologies and applications. The adoption of a converged infrastructure has laid the foundation for future health IT innovation.

Survey: 26 Percent of Hospitals Have Adopted Precision Medicine

June 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Nearly 70 percent of organizations with plans to conduct precision medicine intend to do so within the next 12 to 24 months, according to a recent HIMSS Analytics report.

Utilizing the Cloud to Power Analytics and Personalized Medicine in Colorado

June 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Health Data Compass, an analytics initiative supported by four major healthcare provider organizations in the Denver area, is leveraging cloud-based data management to integrate patient genomic data and EHR data to drive forward personalized medicine.

‘All of Us’ Precision Medicine Initiative Begins Enrolling Beta Testers

June 6, 2017  |  David Raths
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The National Institutes of Health’s precision medicine initiative, All of Us, has begun enrolling beta testers.

AMIA Launches “Why Informatics?” Campaign

June 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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To foster a better understanding of the field of healthcare informatics, the Bethesda, Md.-based American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has launched a new public education campaign entitled ‘Why Informatics?’ to meet the increased demand for knowledge in...

Study: Lack of Tools, Poor Payer-Physician Alignment Slowing VBC Adoption

June 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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While there continues to be progress towards increased adoption of value-based care and payment models, the pace has been slowed by poor alignment between health plans and providers, as well as providers lacking the right tools to close critical gaps in...

CancerLinQ Partners with National Cancer Institute on Data Sharing Collaboration

June 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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CancerLinQ LLC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced a partnership to facilitate the exchange of information between CancerLinQ participating oncology practices and NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, one of the primary...

Mount Sinai Spins Out Sema4 to Focus on Genetic Data

June 2, 2017  |  David Raths
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Sema4, a company spun out of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, aims to combine comprehensive screening and diagnostic testing, predictive modeling, cutting-edge technologies, and open-access data.

The Leaders of a Unique Michigan ACO Organization Share their Perspectives on ACO Development

May 30, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Mazhar Jaffry, Abbas Kermani, and Diane Blackburn, three senior executives at Prime Accountable Care, LLC, in southeast Michigan, share their perspectives on physician-led ACO development, and on what they’ve learned so far

Caradigm Carves Out a Niche in Rapidly Developing Sector

May 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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For our market scan on the population health market in the May issue, Healthcare Informatics profiles Caradigm, a company providing data analytics solutions with an eye towards meeting customers’ changing needs in a time of accelerating change.

Mount Sinai Creates Imaging Research Warehouse

May 25, 2017  |  David Raths
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The Mount Sinai Health System in New York has created a database that integrates clinical imaging with electronic health records to allow researchers to identify new patterns in the data.

At UTMC, Data-Driven “Meds to Beds” Program Leads to 20 Percent Drop in Readmission Rates

May 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is leveraging data analytics to improve medication compliance and patient outcomes. Through its use of a health care data integration and analytics platform, UTMC has reported a 20...

Pilot Projects Link PCORnet, FDA’s Sentinel Program

May 19, 2017  |  David Raths
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Two pilot projects under way are seeking to demonstrate the value of data linkage between the Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) and other distributed networks, such as the FDA’s Sentinel program.

A Study of ACO-Based Care Management Shows that Results Are Highly Replicable

May 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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I read with interest an article in the May Health Affairs, in which researchers analyzed early results of care management work undertaken at Massachusetts General Hospital—with positive implications for ACO-based care management going forward

Califf Joins Verily, Leads New Duke Health Data Science Center

May 18, 2017  |  David Raths
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Robert Califf, M.D., who stepped down as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, has been named the director of a new cross-campus center at Duke University for integrated health data science.

IBM Watson, MAP Health Management Bring Cognitive Computing to Substance Abuse Treatment

May 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Austin-based health IT solutions provider MAP Health Management and IBM Watson Health are collaborating on the development of new software that uses cognitive computing to treat addiction and substance abuse.

Sutter Health, IBM Collaborate on Early Detection of Heart Failure Using EHR Data and AI

May 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A team of scientists at IBM Research, in collaboration with scientists from Sutter Health, recently completed research developing methods to help predict heart failure based on hidden clues in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Accenture: Internet of Health Things Could Lead To Big Cost Savings for Orgs

May 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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If healthcare organization leaders don’t take full advantage of the Internet of Health Things (IoHT), they could risk missing out on substantial cost savings, according to findings from a new Accenture report.

Getting Practical on Population Health: What Pioneers Are Learning Now

May 9, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As even the most advanced patient care organizations in the U.S. continue to work through some of the thorny fundamental issues around how to begin leveraging data analytics to support population health efforts under risk-bearing contracts, industry experts...

Innovative Direct Purchaser-Provider Contracting: a New Threat to Community Hospitals?

May 8, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
What do executives at Lowes home improvement and Johns Hopkins Medicine know? Healthcare and healthcare IT leaders in community hospitals need to consider emerging disruptors to their local markets—sometimes from very far away

AMIA’s iHealth Was All About Pop Health

May 7, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
The AMIA iHealth 2017 Conference here in Philadelphia last week had a strong population health flavor to it. It kicked off with a great keynote address by the City of Brotherly Love’s own pop health guru, David Nash, M.D., founding dean of Thomas Jefferson...

VA, DOE Partner on Healthcare Big Data Initiative

May 5, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have launched a new partnership focused on combining the VA’s healthcare and genomic data with the DOE’s technologies in big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify...

Survey: Only 31 Percent of Healthcare Providers Use EHR Analytics Capabilities

May 4, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found that only one-third of healthcare providers are utilizing all analytics tools and capabilities offered in their electronic health records (EHRs).

At the World Health Care Congress, Healthcare Leaders Share Perspectives on Analytics-Driven Initiatives

May 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the World Health Care Congress, a health system leader and a health plan leader explain how their organizations are using machine learning and data analytics to move forward on strategic goals

Datapalooza Panelists Address Implications of Artificial Intelligence

May 1, 2017  |  David Raths
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Health Datapalooza panelists discussed the application of artificial intelligence to healthcare, including the creation of predictive models.

At the World Health Care Congress, a Search for Transformational Triggers in U.S. Healthcare

May 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Exactly which elements of the U.S. healthcare system can and should be changed to trigger improved outcomes and cost control? A panel of industry leaders discussed the possibilities, on the opening day of the World Health Care Congress, in Washington, D.C.

Day 2 of Datapalooza: More Providers Seeking Social Determinants Data

April 28, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Healthcare Informatics made social determinants of health data one of its top 10 tech trends for 2017. The presentations at the 8th annual Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., this week confirmed that sharing data across sectors is becoming more important in a...

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