• Patient population management calls for technological approach

    Shaun Sutner, news and features writer for SearchHealthIT, starts this handbook by interviewing a healthcare analytics expert on population health, analytics and patient engagement. The expert shares why he believes technology and data analytics are essential to population health management and improving interoperability.

    Next, Reda Chouffani examines how the rise of electronic health records has convinced healthcare providers to use more technology, such as business intelligence systems, to study their growing collections of digital patient data. He also lists a few reasons why providers sometimes struggle to implement business intelligence and analytics systems.

    Chouffani closes out the handbook by exploring how healthcare practitioners are using clinical analytics systems to inform and reinforce their care decisions. He also outlines some criteria that management teams at healthcare facilities should evaluate before purchasing and rolling out an analytics tool.

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  • With population health models, data curbs the risk

    As population health models force healthcare organizations to take on more financial risk, the industry will lean on data analysis to mitigate the perils.Continue Reading

  • Inside the relationship between data and population health management

    If any trend has the impact to really move healthcare IT forward, it's population health management. The emerging area brings to bear data aggregation, data governance and data analytics to improve the care of large groups―and possibly create cost savings for providers.

    This three-part handbook looks at that vital relationship between data and population health management. First, contributor Evan J. Albright answers these common questions: What is population health management? And, why are providers moving in this direction, even though it means assuming greater risk? Next, columnist Reda Chouffani offers five areas in which providers can help contribute to employee wellness. Finally, SearchHealthIT news writer Kristen Lee looks at Maine's health information exchange, and how a new data analytics layer has already brought a return on investment for the HIE.Continue Reading

  • Clinical decision support system tracks quality care measures

    Providers that don't schedule checkups frequently enough can be reminded by providers that deploy a clinical decision support system.Continue Reading

  • Healthcare CIOs bystanders in ACO saga

    Accountable care organizations could hold the key to transforming U.S. healthcare, but it all depends on whether a spate of technologies will help cut costs and lead to better patient health.Continue Reading

  • ACOs justify telemedicine investment

    In the July issue of Pulse, our editorial team takes a hard look at the increasing popularity of telemedicine. The Affordable Care Act has pushed the concept into high speed, and large health systems are justifying IT investments in technologies that will support physician-to-physician consultations and virtual patient visits via videoconferencing. The move allows for doctors to serve a wider geographic territory -- all while saving a whole lot of money.

    Also in this issue, SearchHealthIT News Director Don Fluckinger reports from the front lines of the eHealth Initiative's Third Annual National Forum on Data and Analytics in Healthcare. Fluckinger chronicles the difficulties facing accountable care organizations trying to implement analytics. We also take an in-depth look at health IT operations outsourced to the cloud. Small group practices and specialists have embraced cloud IT operations, while larger healthcare providers are holding fast to traditional models. New reports, however, show a sunnier forecast for cloud services -- 83% of 150 respondents to a recent HIMSS Analytics survey use cloud services for at least one aspect of health data. Next, Joseph Kim, M.D., takes a gander at trends in healthcare gamification. Prompted, in part, by meaningful use stages 2 and 3, new mobile applications are taking personal health to an entirely new level. And consultant Reda Chouffani closes with a quick look at the mobile security issues healthcare providers face. Get strategy tips organizations can follow to adhere to compliance regulations and better protect their data and devices.Continue Reading

  • Why the ACA makes information security in healthcare more challenging

    Information security in healthcare has always been challenging, but expert Joseph Granneman says the ACA's focus on data storage makes it even harder.Continue Reading

  • ACO participation on the rise and so are cloud services for them

    Just because you've chosen cloud services for ACO participation doesn't mean your organization should take vendor selection lightly.Continue Reading

  • Quality must be defined to establish pay-for-performance success

    Quality metrics and patient-focused care are the cornerstones for providers' plans as they switch to the ACO model.Continue Reading

  • Better quality measures, analytics needed for development of ACO models

    Providers are rapidly transitioning to accountable care models, but without better quality measures, these plans may have limited success.Continue Reading

  • Four ways career healthcare CIOs are diversifying leadership portfolios

    Healthcare CIOs are kings and queens of the data center now, but ACOs and quality programs are changing the game, requiring new data science skills.Continue Reading

  • Independent docs weary of meaningful use implementation tech

    A survey of 1,200 docs by athenahealth reveals trouble for independent physicians due to meaningful use implementations, ACOs and reimbursement cuts.Continue Reading

  • Telemedicine clinics make inroads into primary care

    Two approaches to telemedicine clinics, one where a vendor provides the doc, one where it doesn't, expand telehealth's reach into primary care.Continue Reading

  • CMIO breaks down HIT challenges for provider ACO participation

    Our latest Q & A features Northshore University HealthSystem CMIO Arnold Wagner, M.D., who explains the HIT aspects of ACO participation.Continue Reading

  • How the team approach to health care impacts clinical data governance

    Health care reform and the ACO model promote a team approach to care delivery. This means tackling the tough tasks of first harmonizing data and then making it readily available.Continue Reading