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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
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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
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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
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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...

In the Pursuit of Precision Medicine and Value-Based Care: Are They Dual, Yet Synergistic Goals?

April 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Precision medicine often is approached as a research endeavor, while value-based care transformation is framed as an operational initiative. However, one bioinformatics thought-leader asserts they are highly synergistic and, at their core, data-centric issues.

Working in Diverse Markets, a Healthcare Company Achieves Noteworthy Population Health Results

April 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Alignment Healthcare, a population health company with diverse lines of business, is making documented progress in leveraging data and analytics to fuel leading-edge care management strategies

Health IT Innovation Lab Gets $5M Grant from Mass. Government

April 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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MassTech’s collaborative research and development matching grant program is awarding $5 million to support the launch of a healthcare research and product development initiative at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Healthcare Analytics Startup OM1 Raises $15M

April 14, 2017  |  David Raths
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OM1, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup focused on providing outcomes measurement and predictive analytics for value-based and personalized healthcare, has raised a series A financing round of $15 million.

In Pittsburgh, a Big Data Alliance Looks to Transform Healthcare

April 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Rob Hartman, program manager, UPMC Enterprises, discusses what’s new with the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance and what lessons have been learned as it enters its third year.

Trump Administration’s Impact on Health IT Analyzed in New Report

April 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Most healthcare professionals do not believe that the ACA will be repealed anymore, but plenty of policy and health IT-related challenges exist in healthcare sub-sectors as industry leaders wait for more direction from the Trump administration.

Population Health in Maryland: ‘The Stars Are in Alignment’

April 10, 2017  |  David Raths
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Maryland’s experiment in changing how provider organizations are paid opens the door to population health experimentation.

NIH Bringing Precision Medicine Initiative’s Data Collection to Patients’ Homes

April 7, 2017  | 
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is collaborating with EMSI, a mobile specimen collection company, to engage thousands of direct volunteers in their homes in order to collect biological samples and health data as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative...

Might Food Be the Next Frontier on the Population Health Horizon?

April 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Connecting patients’ nutrition, exercise, and other “lifestyle”-related characteristics to health risk assessment and then to care management, could be next in efforts among population health pioneers, as they seek to improve both clinical and financial outcomes

“Business as Usual” for Q1 Digital Health Funding, Rock Health Report Finds

April 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Digital health funding surpassed $1 billion across a total of 71 deals in Q1 2017, according to the most recent analysis from San Francisco-based Rock Health.

Five Steps Toward Maximizing Your Clinical and Business Intelligence

April 4, 2017  |  Kam Reams, Freed Associates
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Effectively addressing clinical and business intelligence (C&BI) can drive more accountable and higher quality patient care and improve an organization’s financial performance. Kam Reams of Freed Associates shares five steps for addressing C&BI to help...

At the Cleveland HIT Summit, Looking at the Opportunities in Using Sociodemographic Data

March 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Cleveland Health IT Summit, Michigan Medicine’s Justin Pestrue described his work with sociodemographic and socioeconomic data, and the potential for such data to assist in improving population health efforts

Laying the Foundations for the New Healthcare: A Map of the New, Data-Driven Landscape

March 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The truly robust leveraging of data analytics to improve patient care delivery processes is still early on in its proverbial journey of 1,000 miles, but some U.S. healthcare organizations are at least well past the 100-mile mark.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Machine Learning Gets Serious

March 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Machine learning is proving its value in the clinical quality improvement sphere. What are its next applications?

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Moving the Learning Health System from Concept to Reality

March 22, 2017  |  David Raths
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The potential of big data, within a learning health system, is starting to become a reality at some of the leading patient care systems in the country and through some consortia.

Premier: In Uncertain Healthcare Moment, System Leaders Focused on Costs, Data

March 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite industry uncertainty about the future healthcare under the Trump administration and a Republican Congress, health system leaders are preparing for the changes ahead in five key areas, most of which involve health IT,

Could Public-Private Collaboration Around Hospital Data Move Into a New Phase?

March 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A “Perspective” column published in The New England Journal of Medicine that points to potential areas of collaboration around the data inputs to the Prospective Payment System—with some interesting implications

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Clinical Transformation: The Time Is Absolutely Now

March 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of pioneering patient care organizations are beginning to create templates for clinical transformation that their peers can follow, in the journey that lies ahead.

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