Data mining in health care is in its infancy, but it is a natural outgrowth of the EHR systems beginning to proliferate in the sector. Hospitals and group practices are mining data for many purposes, including identification of at-risk patients, trends in service line utilization, and improvement opportunities in the revenue cycle.
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Having learned the nuances of human language, improving its ability to search for and use data to support new procedures such as personalized oncology treatments, a new version of the IBM Watson supercomputer is taking its computing capabilities to the next level.
The Healthcare Services Platform Consortium, a group of providers, IT vendors, system integrators and venture-led firms dedicated to solving the industry-wide interoperability problem, has filed for incorporation in the State of Delaware as a first step to gaining legitimacy as an organization.
Using practice management dashboards and point-of-care tools, a proof-of-concept program in colorectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has cut in half the number of post-operative complications and decreased the average length of stay compared with traditional protocols.
Dignity Health, with 39 hospitals, about 340 other provider sites and 9,000 affiliated providers, has a lot of disparate information systems and doesnt have software to correlate data among them.
A new report outlines the need for a different approach to tracking data to guide decisions that shape responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Researchers with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have completed the largest, most diverse tumor genetic analysis ever conducted, revealing a new approach to classifying cancers.
Population health analytics vendor Healthentic, serving nearly 11,000 employers and holding data on 38.7 million individuals, recently analyzed the degree of avoidable emergency room utilization by employees at 31 client companies, with sobering results.
Collecting enough contextual data well beyond the walls of a hospital or doctor's office is critical for achieving better health outcomes for patients that live at or below the poverty level, are homeless, and are wondering where their next meal will come from.
The number of physician assistants rose by 219 percent between 2003 and 2013, and health care reform continues to spur growth. A survey of more than 76,000 PAs from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) offers insights into the growth of the PA sector.
Latest vendor announcements on solutions range from analytics software to electronic health records.
An analysis of the electronic health records of nearly 400,000 people reveals that aggressive treatment of hypertension may create unintended kidney disease and even death.
Health systems will need to improve upon the current state of analytics and health information technology infrastructure in order to fully realize the potential of complex care management, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and The Commonwealth Fund.
The 24 states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are losing enormous sums of money--as are their hospitals--and the decline in their numbers of uninsured are equally abysmal compared with states that expanded. A new report from the Urban Institutes Health Policy Center shows just how much is being left on the table and the human cost.
I had a few revelations during our July 14-16 Healthcare Analytics Symposium & Expo 2014, which I chaired and during which I listened to the best and brightest analytics leaders discuss their efforts.
Productivity can be a big problem in many types of businesses. Employers recently shared some real-life examples with the staffing company CareerBuilders of some of the more unusual things they've seen employees doing when they should have been busy working.