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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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.
Too many conversations about health IT focus on how to trick out information systems to push or analyze data, without any reflection on why that is significant.
Unlike some other major industries, health care incorporates geospatial data only sparingly. But that could change quickly with population health a priority.
The average life span of a combined radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system is about seven to 10 years, says medical imaging vendor Sectra. Technology advancement, regulatory updates, and increased complexity of managing images, billing, and patient and physician communication contribute to decreased efficacy of most RIS/PACs products. The company walks through the indicators that demonstrate it's time for a change.
By combining the modern tools of gene sequencing and social media, a global team of researchers has confirmed the identification of a new genetic disorder that causes severe impairments in children.
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Washington, D.C., is offering a $100,000 prize for the winner of the PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge, the organization's newest initiative to encourage research partnerships.
M*Modal, a major vendor of clinical documentation software for physicians, on March 20 filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark, has begun to use COB Smart, a national registry that is currently identifying coordination of benefits for more than 100 million patients.
The New York Genome Center is the latest healthcare organization to take advantage of the cognitive learning capabilities of the IBM Watson supercomputer.
Despite the Affordable Care Acts requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a fine, one-third of the uninsured plan to remain without insurance, according to a new survey from Bankrate.com.
The Federal Communications Commission is offering tips to help physician practices and other small businesses improve their cyber security.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University are exploring the use of biocompatible scaffolding materials and three-dimensional printing to improve the prognoses of patients who need facial reconstruction.
A survey of self-selected respondents, most of whom track personal health data via wearable devices, smartphones or Web sites, finds they have strong interest in contributing and using the data for research. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Data Exploration project at University of California San Diego conducted the survey. UCSD recruited participants through postings on related Web sites, press releases and social media channels including blogs and Tweets. A new report offers interesting findings.
Castlight Health Inc., a vendor of software to help large employers manage health care costs, went public on March 14 with an opening price of $16 per share that quickly rose more than 150 percent to above $40.