With the creation of the 340B Drug Discount Program in 1992, the U.S government produced a new kind of marketplace, one designed to provide prescription medication to eligible healthcare organizations and their qualifying patients at significantly reduced prices. By Dave Brunswick, vice president of solution, Cleo
Carequality and CommonWell Health Alliance join forces to further interoperability. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Population health isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that has taken on greater prominence as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and as accountable care organizations (ACOs) have gained traction. ACOs demand quality and outcomes measures from population health. By Susan Kanvik and Karen Curtis, Point B Management Consultants
A big part of routine daily healthcare management operations is managing huge volumes of data—and it's becoming increasingly more of a challenge. EMC estimates the amount of stored healthcare data nearly doubles every two years. The amount of data managed will continue to grow as healthcare organizations add new equipment and incorporate data-intensive, next-generation diagnostic tools.
The push to deliver greater value is prompting healthcare organizations to closely examine their clinical and financial processes in search of ways to boost efficiency, improve accuracy, and elevate the patient experience. With this in mind, First Care Clinic, a federally qualified health center and level 3 patient centered medical home located in rural Kansas, set out to retool one of its critical processes — the patient care visit.
Public clouds such as AWS, Azure and others are becoming more attractive because of scalability, agility, features, speed to market, etc. But the key challenge becomes how to best maintain security and compliance. There are two broad approaches available – using internal staff to manage the cloud (a DIY approach) or working with cloud managed service provider.
Savvy healthcare organizations in need of greater IT infrastructure agility, performance, security, and compliance are exploring the benefits of public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The allure of on-demand cloud services combined with advances in cloud security have transformed the healthcare IT mindset from “Why move to the public cloud?” to “What should we move and how do we do it?”
Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is wedding finances with patient care data to create more efficiency, increase profitability, and improve the delivery of patient care.
What technologies will shape the future of healthcare as the industry ventures into the looming “post-EHR era”?
Think patient-generated data offers little clinical value? Think again. Palo Alto Medical Foundation is incorporating this data into its care plans, and it’s having a powerful impact on population health.
By creating a master data warehouse and longitudinal patient record, Memorial Health System has the pieces in place to improve patient care and cut costs using analytics.
New analytics technologies provide caregivers with the insight necessary to identify patients at risk of readmission prior to discharge, yielding a template for proactive intervention and personalized care.
The ONC must ensure the MU criteria related to interoperability isn’t too vague or broad.
The North Shore–LIJ Medical Group refined its workflows and EHR processes to respond to last year’s Ebola outbreak, providing a blueprint for how to leverage technology to address future health epidemics.
Healthcare dashboards are often computers screens, printouts, or other displays that allow hospitals and healthcare organizations to monitor and gain greater insight into their key performance indicators (KPIs). Based on the goals of the organization, dashboards can be customized to display any relevant information and can be updated in real-time to allow for quick and simple monitoring.
Dashboards can also be customized to show data relevant to hospital administrators, patients, physicians, and other stakeholders. Dashboards provide users with a simple way to pull reports and monitor quality of care, while acting as an easy clinical decision aide tool. Dashboards are beneficial to doctors, nurses, and staff because they provide a very quick overview, often with charts and graphs, allowing busy individuals to quickly take in the necessary information and make appropriate decisions.