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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Analyses of biomedical data from nearly 37,000 volunteer employees of a large company insured under Aetna shows a success rate of 80 percent to 88 percent in predicting risk of metabolic syndrome, which can cause chronic disease.
Physicians, frequently perceived as a roadblock to a high-quality/low-cost paradigm, often spearhead IT advances central to the effort.
As behind-the-scenes technology gets more sophisticated, HIT leaders focus attention on telling the data story to end users.
Patients who received regional anesthesia during hip fracture surgery had moderately lower mortality and a significantly lower length of stay than those who received general anesthesia, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Data analytics vendors were out in force on the exhibit floor of the Healthcare Financial Management Association annual conference last week in Las Vegas.
Traffic was strong in the exhibit hall during the Healthcare Financial Management Associations recent Annual National Institute in Las Vegas and included several vendor announcements.
With an eye on accountable care organizations and other providers entering into quality care initiatives, Philips Healthcare and Salesforce.com have teamed to offer a cloud-based platform to identify and manage at-risk patients.
Wolters Kluwer Health came up with five focus areas of ICD-10 mitigation that should not be delayed, just because the compliance date has been delayed. These areas, it says, will refine ICD-10 plans to minimize impacts on productivity and reimbursement.
In a pioneering effort to coordinate comprehensive public health data-gathering and dissemination, Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and the City of Worcester are overseeing the creation of an academic health department.
The Medical Society of Northern Virginia has launched HeaLixVA, which the organization says is "a physician-led, secure and confidential electronic system to share patient information across all points of medical care in our community."
The linchpin for effectively using big data to customize individual care and to personalize medicine--while finding cures faster and at lower costs--is accurate information, according to Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Clinical and healthcare financial professionals dont talk to each other and need to, according to Atul Gawande, M.D., a surgeon at Brigham and Womens Hospital, physician IT champion and best-selling author who delivered a June 23 keynote address at the HFMA Annual National Institute in Las Vegas.
HIT leaders frequently tell us there's been a sea change in their relationships with board and top C-suite executives. After years of trying to get heard, the head honchos now "get it" technologically, acknowledging the mission-critical importance of IT through increasingly large investments.
The California HealthCare Foundation has launched ACA 411, an interactive data tool that supplies policymakers, providers, and other healthcare delivery stakeholders in the state an at-a-glance resource to gauge progress of the Affordable Care Act.
A multi-institution meta-analysis has found that adding clot-busting medications known as thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating sudden-onset pulmonary embolism patients is associated with 47 percent fewer deaths than using standard intravenous or under-the-skin anticoagulant medications alone.