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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Aetna, one of the nation's largest health insurers, is embracing digital tools built around individuals in order to create a "new set of norms" for the U.S. health care system. Delivering the opening keynote at HIMSS14, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said the new model is about enabling consumers to interact with the system in a way that is simple and enables them to stay ahead of their health.
Slowly but surely, social media is creeping into the health care industrys vocabulary.
With all the talk about patient engagement and personal health records, theres precious little hard data on how well PHRs work to improve health. Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Ind., is contributing some as part of an ONC Beacon Grant for the state of Indiana: looking at how patients with cardiovascular disease use a PHR and whether it contributes to lowered blood pressure, better weight control, improved blood test results, and compliance with the care plan.
All HIT to-do lists are too long, and getting longer by the day. Its tempting to focus on projects that have an immediate, easily quantified high-dollar payback. But CIO Mike Mistretta at MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, Ohio, thinks theres more to ROI than money. Hell take listeners through his methodology for evaluating I.T. projects based on metrics such as likelihood of successful adoption, increase in patient satisfaction, and improvement in clinical outcomes. The session, Leveraging
An article last fall in The New Republic noted that the book industry has not quite followed the music and film-camera industries in being disruptively innovated out of their traditional products . Book publishing certainly has changed, but neither the decomposition of music albums into single songs has not happened with books, nor has the transition from a physical to digital medium undermined the basic economic model of books. Yes, the book industry has been
Between securing reimbursements, ACA regulations, EHR system variations and complexity, security, guidelines and deadlines, Big Data can bury health care providers. Dr. Jerry Osband, Chief Medical Officer at EXL, a business process consultancy and analytics firm, identifies the top data challenges that providers face in the coming year.
The Mayo Clinic has teamed with investors to launch Ambient Clinical Analytics, a new vendor that offers a bedside decision support platform for hospital intensive care, surgical and emergency departments.
In the wake of the much-publicized announcement by CVS-Caremark that it would stop selling tobacco products in CVS stores by this fall, pharmacy companies are continuing to reposition themselves as true health care companies, not just general retailers.
Seven health organizations have become new partners of Optum Labs, a collaborative research and development facility that technology vendor Optum Health and Mayo Clinic formed in January 2013.
Welltok Inc., vendor of a Web-based health wellness platform called CafeWell that providers and payers can offer to consumers, is the latest organization to collaborate with IBM Corp. to enhance the health care cognitive computer capabilities of the Watson supercomputer.
Castlight Health Inc., which sells technology to help large employers better manage their health care costs, has formally filed an S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct an initial public offering of stock.
Leanne Larson, global head of observational research at clinical research organization PAREXEL International, explains the expanded knowledge base that electronic health records data can bring to the drug development and market access processes:
Health care organizations of all stripes are trying to move analytics to an enterprise level, but where many have gone, few have succeeded. Here's a primer from a group of experts on what it takes to get an all-encompassing program up and running.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is going south, launching the first HIMSS Latin America 2014 Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 18-19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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