Electronic health records have great potential to help clinicians better manage patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. Disease management tools include identification of at-risk patients, lab and results alerts, and condition-specific registries.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has issued its State of Health Care Quality Report 2013, based on data collected in 2012 from HEDIS reports. Here are five key takeaways:
Researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have developed a tool for doctors to forecast the potential survival of patients with advanced prostate cancer, enabling them to better and rapidly assess whether to try additional rounds of treatment or seek clinical trials.
In a new report, consumer health information content vendor Health Grades Inc. analyzes three years of Medicare outcomes data and finds hospitals with the highest quality rates have significantly lower mortality rates than others.
KLAS and Health Data Management will host the Healthcare Business Intelligence TweetChat at 1 pm Eastern today. The hashtag for the event is #HITBI.
A patients odds of undergoing surgery often depends more on where he or she lives than on their clinical circumstances, according to a two-part series exploring variation in surgery use, published in The Lancet.
Black and Hispanic children who go to an emergency room with stomach pain are less likely than white children to receive pain medication, and are more likely to spend long hours in the emergency room, The New York Times reports.
Children of melanoma survivors were more likely to wear hats and re-apply sunscreen after receiving a multimedia informational program designed specifically for them, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Sutter Health in California and Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania will join with IBM Corp. to develop data analytics technology that will pull information from electronic health records systems to detect heart failure years sooner than now possible.
Six provider organizations in western New York are using the Buffalo-based HEALTHeLINK health information exchange to better coordinate care for Medicaid patients.
Better outcomes at lower cost are the goals of modern health care and analytics can play a major role. But with few exceptions, that promise has not yet been delivered. Why?
Providers, spurred by market pressures and meaningful use, are trying to electronically engage with patients and their families. But what, exactly, is "engagement," and how's it being accomplished?
IBM and Boston Children's Hospital have launched a global education technology platform to transform how pediatric medicine is taught and practiced.
Delivery of cancer care in the U.S. is facing a crisis stemming from a combination of factors a growing demand for such care, a shrinking oncology work force, rising costs of cancer care, and the complexity of the disease and its treatment, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.
If health care providers and payers want to improve population health management, they need disease registry tools, says David Howes, M.D., president and CEO at Martins Point Health Care in Portland, Maine.
On the heels of the successful launch of its on-demand telehealth and mHealth services for consumers, DialNurse has expanded its offering to include private and public enterprises.