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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In its fourth annual report on trends in healthcare consumer payments, claims clearinghouse InstaMed finds stark evidence of the growing impact of high deductible health plans on the industry. Consumers are receiving more health care bills and paying larger amounts.
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.
In a recent blog posting, Kathleen LePar, vice president of strategic services at consultancy Beacon Partners, notes: We have been hearing for the last two years, If I only had enough time to implement ICD-10 correctly. Well, now you have the opportunity to do it right. LePar gives multiple examples of opportunities that stakeholders should take advantage of now that Congress has delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least October 2015.
Behavioral health technology developer Polaris Health Directions, Langhorne, Penn., has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the second phase of a project the company says is set to dramatically impact addictions outcomes.
Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark.
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.
Standardizing post-discharge care at one of the University of North Carolina Hospitals clinics cut readmissions by 65 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
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.
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.
Using the medical records of almost 190,000 patients in 1,016 hospitals, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, believe that emergency department physicians misdiagnose the early signs of stroke in 50,000 to 100,000 patients annually, particularly in women, minorities, and people below the age of 45.
Though a comparison between manual and automated methods for identifying potentially preventable readmissions in a large healthcare system found that the software identified many more readmissions as potentially preventable, the study concluded that "concordance between methods was not high enough to replace manual review with automated classification as the primary method of identifying preventable 30-day, all-cause readmission for quality improvement purposes."
Finding vendors with a truly innovative, successful approach to big data can be as daunting as digging through the data itself. Although not a comprehensive list of the best (or biggest self-promoters) in the space, this roundup consists of big data vendors making waves or showing consistent promise. These 10 vendors are making a name in the big data space and helping businesses get more value from their unstructured and voluminous data sets.
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.
The New York Genome Center has confirmed that $105 million in funding to advance genomic medicine proposed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has been approved by the New York State Legislature as part of the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.