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Most healthcare professionals do not believe that the ACA will be repealed anymore, but plenty of policy and health IT-related challenges exist in healthcare sub-sectors as industry leaders wait for more direction from the Trump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

Editor's Notes: Have You Experienced Your “Rite of Spring” Moment Yet in Healthcare?

March 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Anyone who isn’t living in a cave knows that the current environment of healthcare and healthcare IT is one of great ferment these days. It is challenging and exciting, and the pace of change right now is absolutely bracing.

Healthcare Informatics’ Top 10 Tech Trends 2017: An Introduction

March 17, 2017  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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The editors of Healthcare Informatics have once again assembled a package of stories in which we’ve spoken to some of the most thoughtful industry leaders, and have gathered together their perspectives, to provide you with a roadmap to the future.

American Heart Association Launches Cardiac Precision Medicine Data Platform

March 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Heart Association developed a data discovery platform, the Precision Medicine Platform, which will allow researchers and physicians to access and analyze volumes of cardiovascular and stroke data.

Survey: In Five Years, Genomic, Patient-Generated Data Will Be More Useful Than Claims Data

March 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In five years, genomic data and patient-generated data will join clinical and cost data as the most useful sources of health care data, according to a survey of healthcare executives and clinical leaders.

In Denver, Mining EHR Data for Public Health Monitoring, at a Very Local Level

March 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS) is a regional partnership between Colorado health providers, public health departments and the University of Colorado Denver to share health data in order to track population health trends.

IBM Teams Up with Salesforce on Artificial Intelligence

March 7, 2017  | 
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IBM and Salesforce, a customer relationship management provider, have announced a strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence.

Time to Rethink Cost Reduction Strategies Focused on the Highest-Cost Patients?

March 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Medical researchers in Boston take a granular look at what elements really cause the over-utilization of unnecessary healthcare services—and opine on whether patient care leaders should reconsider their focus on which groups to look at in this key area of activity

Report: Health IT Venture Capital Funding Increases to $5.1 Billion in 2016

March 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In 2016, venture capital funding, including private equity and corporate VC, in the healthcare information technology (health IT) sector totaled $5.1 billion in 622 deals, a new record for the sector, according to an annual report from Austin, Texas-based Mercom...

Pediatric Consortium Takes ‘Open Science’ Approach to Big Data Challenges

March 5, 2017  |  David Raths
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Pediatric hospitals can struggle to accumulate enough data to constitute “big data.” The Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is taking a collaborative approach to this challenge.

Scaling Up Infrastructure for the Analytics to Support Care Management: Molina Healthcare’s View

March 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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IT leaders at the Long Beach, California-based Molina Healthcare saw the need to make a leap forward in terms of IT infrastructure in order to support the analytics capability that facilities population health management

Insights from HIMSS17: Industry Leaders Share Their Observations and Key Takeaways

February 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During HIMSS17, industry stakeholders spoke with me about health IT innovation, and they also shared their insights about this year’s conference from their specific perspectives, and with their particular priorities in mind.

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