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HINfographic: 12 Questions to Measure Population Health Management « Healthcare Intelligence Network

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ONC Medical Informatics Fellowships

ONC Medical Informatics Fellowships | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
ONC announces an opportunity for Medical Informatics Fellows to promote standards-based interoperability, clinical quality improvement and clinical decision support.
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Population Health IT Gaining Momentum

Population Health IT Gaining Momentum | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Research and pilot projects are producing the latest in population health tools.
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Growing Beyond Yesterday's Population Health Management - InformationWeek

Growing Beyond Yesterday's Population Health Management - InformationWeek | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Data can transform healthcare, but not with just any ordinary analytics.
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Does Health IT Have a Staffing Crisis?

Does Health IT Have a Staffing Crisis? | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology,Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy. Articles on patient safety, point-of-care tech & HIE analysis. Electronic medical records, health information exchange networks & hospital administration – financial – imaging news. Ambulatory care and business management info. Free Webinars and industry conferences.
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Five Things to Know About IBM Watson, Where It Is and Where It’s Going

Five Things to Know About IBM Watson, Where It Is and Where It’s Going | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it

IBM Watson is central to the technology giant's commercial strategy and this article explains five important issues about the cognitive analytics system.

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Advisory Panel: Top 2014 Priorities and Concerns | HIStalk

Advisory Panel: Top 2014 Priorities and Concerns | HIStalk | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
The HIStalk Advisory Panel is a group of hospital CIOs, hospital CMIOs, practicing physicians, and a few vendor executives who have volunteered to provide their thoughts on topical industry issues. I’ll seek their input every month or so on an important news developments and also ask the non-vendor members about ...
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Jeffrey Brenner On GrantWatch: The Future For Population Health

Jeffrey Brenner On GrantWatch: The Future For Population Health | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Health Affairs is the leading peer-reviewed journal at the intersection of health, health care, and policy.
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When do Physicians Behave Like Consumers? - HITECH Answers

When do Physicians Behave Like Consumers? - HITECH Answers | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
We are seeing a flood of health IT tools come in to the market, some simple and some highly complex. The way that physicians approach the adoption of these tools has major implications for vendors.
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How Data Analytics, GIS Helps Dartmouth Atlas Influence Healthcare

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care has more than 100 TB of Medicare claims data. This information, combined with peer-reviewed medical research, informs healthcare policy and helps institutions compare their quality metrics. Like any good atlas, it also uses data-driven maps to prove its points.
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Can This Search Tool Make Doctors Love EHR? - InformationWeek

Can This Search Tool Make Doctors Love EHR? - InformationWeek | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
QPID, a Partners HealthCare spinoff, creates a clinical decision support tool to solve physicians' big gripe about EHRs -- buried data.
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Apple’s picks for best new health apps of 2014 | mobihealthnews

Apple’s picks for best new health apps of 2014 | mobihealthnews | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
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Healthcare needs a 'Henry Ford' moment for big data

Healthcare needs a 'Henry Ford' moment for big data | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
In the quest to transform unconnected and unwieldy masses of health data into smart data, researchers from the Health Care Cost Institute call for a "Henry Ford" moment to achieve economies...
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Data mining keeps HAIs from spreading | Healthcare IT News

Data mining keeps HAIs from spreading | Healthcare IT News | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has raised public awareness about the risks of healthcare associated infections, as the U.S. healthcare workers in Africa acquired Ebola while working in a healthcare setting.

[See also: HAI monitoring technology use is lacking]

Although the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reports a declining trend in HAIs in general, and while not all countries employ the same level of prevention control as the United States, the problem of HAIs remains a concern.

According to the CDC, on any given day, about one in twenty-five hospital patients have at least one HAI. In 2011, the most recent CDC numbers show, there were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S. acute care hospitals. Close to 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations. In addition, more than half of all HAIs occurred outside of the ICU, according to the CDC.

[See also: HAI benchmarking tool allows hospitals to share results, practices]

Increasingly, health care professionals involved with infection control are using as part of their armamentarium, infection surveillance software to detect outbreaks of infectious diseases in healthcare settings as well as data mining tools to track the transmission of drug-resistant organisms.

"Data mining has proven to be effective when used for medication safety practices and helps identify areas of improvement," said Allie Woods, director of the section of pharmacy informatics and technology at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "It could be used to access trends in anti-infectives regimens and utilized as part of anti-microbial stewardship."

Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., has seen a noticeable reduction in blood stream infections, urinary tract infections, as well as a significant decrease in Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., since deploying infection control software, MedMined, an evidence-based infection monitoring system from CareFusion Corp. in 2005.

"We have a wide range of uses for MedMined," said Christi Paradise, RN, infection control and prevention coordinator at St. Agnes. "The first is a daily use. We have what are called sentinels [sentinel events] and we have defined what we want it to notify us about. Usually we set ours at multi-drug resistant organism."

Paradise said MedMined has been effective because it gives health care professionals information they need in order to take actions or engage in activities that contribute to the reduction of HAIs.  

The technology also provides a cost accounting feature that takes a look at patients that are very similar in there risk of getting an infection and it compares with patients that did, and did not get an infection and then calculates the difference in cost.

Early next year, the hospital will deploy a new component from CareFusion, that's more pharmacy-related, said Paradise. It will alert health care practitioners when a patient is on an antibiotic that they may be resistant to.

Chad Glover, national vice president of sales and customer relations for CareFusion said MedMined's SaaS model offers plenty of benefits.

"One of the great things having a software as a service model is that we have the ability to do population-wide analysis, not only at the hospital-level but across health systems, CDC regions, and nationally," said Glover. Moreover, he said, "standardized data enables us to know that we're viewing the data in the same manner at a hospital in Birmingham Ala. as we're viewing the data at a hospital in Seattle."

MedMined employs the use of advanced analytics to help pinpoint patient population groups that need additional focus or that further evaluation of care. This is accomplished through a patented nosocomial infection marker. That patented algorithm, said Glover, identifies patients who have likely acquired an HAI.

"We utilize algorithms to look at the patient's current condition as we receive them; it's not making the final clinical determination," he said. "The algorithm reviews all of the patients and acts as a filter to narrow the scope of what needs to be evaluated by the clinicians."

Glover said it becomes very challenging for infection preventionists to be able to do whole-house surveillance on all infection types, not just does that are required to be reported to the government.

"Our system uses data mining technology to mine through all the hospital data and identify trends that could be outbreaks or clusters that have occurred that the hospital may not have previously identified. We really look at this technology as identifying the smoke before the fire."

Glover noted that the Affordable Care Act and meaningful use have brought increased visibility to infection prevention efforts to hospital board-rooms across America.

"CMS has a penalty through the Inpatient Hospital Quality Reporting Program related to the reporting of HAIs," he pointed out. "If hospitals fail to meet the reporting requirements to the National Health Safety Network they are at risk for two percent penalty of CMS reimbursement dollars. This has certainly increased visibility as we're moving into value-based purchasing."

Paradise noted that the complexity of health care and the overuse of antibiotics are among the contributors to HAIs. "There are more central lines, more ventilators, and the surgeries are more complex," she said. "So each time you have more complexity and you add more instrumentation, it just makes it more complex and more opportunities for those germs to get into a person."

The worldwide overuse of antibiotics is also a major concern said Paradise.

"People can go to other countries and sometimes just go into the pharmacy and buy antibiotics without a prescription. People share prescriptions. It's the misuse and overuse of antibiotics that has especially contributed to certain things like Clostridium difficile."

 

 


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Most Interesting Vendor: Merge Healthcare: Imaging Informatics at a Crossroads - Healthcare Informatics

Most Interesting Vendor: Merge Healthcare: Imaging Informatics at a Crossroads - Healthcare Informatics | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Most Interesting Vendor: Merge Healthcare: Imaging Informatics at a Crossroads
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Hedging bets in healthcare IT has always been a tricky thing, and never more so than these days, in the area of imaging informatics.
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Five ways HIM professionals contribute to population health management

Five ways HIM professionals contribute to population health management | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
In this age of data-driven healthcare, population health monitoring (PHM) programs are springing up everywhere.
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Open Data in Medicine. Application of Mind Maping automation to vis...

Application of Mind Mapping automation to the visualization of information extracted from Open Data in Medicine sites
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Karen DeSalvo Addresses Questions from the Press at HIMSS14

Karen DeSalvo Addresses Questions from the Press at HIMSS14 | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology,Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy. Articles on patient safety, point-of-care tech & HIE analysis. Electronic medical records, health information exchange networks & hospital administration – financial – imaging news. Ambulatory care and business management info. Free Webinars and industry conferences.
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HIMSS14: CMIO responsibilities expanding

HIMSS14: CMIO responsibilities expanding | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
ORLANDO—The role of the CMIO is evolving and expanding beyond the support of applications to include responsibility for larger, organization-wide operational and strategic objectives, according to a presentation at the Health Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference.
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IBM, Epic Bring Predictive Analytics To Virginia Health System

IBM, Epic Bring Predictive Analytics To Virginia Health System | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Virginia’s Carilion Clinic has identified 8,500 patients at risk for developing heart failure by using IBM predictive analytics.
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Big Medicine Takes a Dose of Big Data | MIT Technology Review

Big Medicine Takes a Dose of Big Data | MIT Technology Review | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
Experts from Facebook and genetics labs team up to help doctors make personalized predictions about their patients.
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IBM Tackles Personalized Medicine's Big Data Challenge, One Genome At A Time

IBM Tackles Personalized Medicine's Big Data Challenge, One Genome At A Time | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
One human's genome represents a large chunk of data. Put a lot of genomes together and it starts to become unmanageable. So IBM is working on...
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Data meets design: How visual analytics is transforming health care

Data meets design: How visual analytics is transforming health care | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
In the midst of the big data, open data and transparency revolutions, ideas around data consumption and usability are those that should be (but often are not) discussed as part of these modernizations.
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The Evolution of Health IT Continues - US News

The Evolution of Health IT Continues - US News | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
New roles signal new realities and priorities as hospital
information technology changes.
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A healthcare data analyst faces more sophisticated information needs

A healthcare data analyst faces more sophisticated information needs | Analytics and Population Health | Scoop.it
A healthcare data analyst can be overwhelmed by the quantity of data available today. However, here are a few steps you can take to simplify your analysis.
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