As more health care data becomes digital, data storage and data access become increasingly important issues. Stories here tackle the many aspects of managing a data warehouse, including data feeds, data formats, and access and governance issues.
Three years ago, Cleveland Clinic integrated radiology images into its Epic enterprise electronic health records system. During the past 18 months the organization has integrated many other types of images into the EHR as well. Though the task is still a work in progress, there are many lessons learned.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
Truven Health Analytics acquisition of Simpler Consulting combines a major force in healthcare performance analytics with a firm boasting a standardized methodology to improve performance in healthcare organizations.
A consortium of health data researchers in Chicago is leveraging work on several projects and a recent $7 million round of funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to advance both study recruitment and quantitatively-based public health delivery.
Following the April 9 publication of 2012 Medicare Part B payment data on more than 880,000 physicians and other billing professionals, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is challenging software developers to make tools to help consumers better understand and use the data.
Medicare has publicly posted 2012 Part B payment information on more than 880,000 physicians and other billable professionals in all 50 states. The government says the data makes possible analyses to compare 6,000 types of services and procedures along with payments received by individual providers. The American Medical Association counters that the data has significant shortcomings regarding the accuracy and value of services rendered by physicians, and gives nine examples.
Patient safety organization ECRI Institute has brought together 10 other PSOs and six associations, as well as a group of provider organizations and software vendors, to create a national framework for proactively identifying health information technology safety issues.
The first quarter of 2014 brought in an unprecedented level of venture capital for digital health ventures, according to start-up service company Rock Health.
A new study from the Institute of Medicine argues that the inclusion of social and behavioral health domains in electronic health records is vital to providing crucial information to providers treating individual patients, to health systems concerned about the health of populations, and to researchers involved in determining the effectiveness of treatment.
A February 2014 breach at a billing firm serving Los Angeles Countys public health services originally believed to affect more than 168,000 patients is now up to 338,700 victims.
The federal government is creating a new database, or system of records, to collect quality data from hospices. Collection of the data is required under the Affordable Care Act.
I got a letter from my health insurer last week. It looked like junk to me at first, but my wife opened it up and left it at my place on the dining room table, so I eventually got around to reading it.
The results of a multi-institution study show that combined data from electronic health records and linked biobanks may better pinpoint the efficacy of two commonly prescribed statins.
Providers embrace new tools and new data sources to make real improvements
At last week's Federal Trade Commission workshop on healthcare competition held in Washington, industry stakeholders warned that the proliferation of closed data networks are trapping providers and patients into proprietary networks that are barriers to interoperability and competition. Specifically, they charged that some health systems block patient information sharing in ways that have antitrust implications.