When thinking about the business value of predictive analytics, hospitals often view it as an evolutionary technology and look for things like use cases, accuracy, cost, and return on investment. While those are all valid points to consider, a better way to look at it is to focus on what truly matters for patients and caregivers, work backwards, and explore how predictive analytics can make them better. Having worked with dozens of hospitals, I can tell you that — when viewed from this perspective — the answer is predictive analytics is a necessity, not a luxury.
In 2012, vRad embarked on a data analytics initiative to better understand and manage our practice. By Kent Thomas, Vice President of Solutions and Business Development, vRad
In the years since the mandated adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), healthcare providers and technology developers have sought out solutions to leverage the resultant newfound abundance of patient data to improve outcomes. By Kurt Waltenbaugh, founder and CEO, Carrot Health
John Walton is Solutions Manager, Technology Services, CTG and Hamish Stewart-Smith, Managing Director for the North American Healthcare Business Unit at CTG recently took time talk with Health IT Outcomes about all things enterprise information management.
Success in the value- based landscape requires both depth and breadth of financial and clinical data.
One year ago, Jackson Health System in Miami realized a cultural shift was necessary in order to move forward. By Bill Griffith, Vice President of Business Process/Operational Improvement for Jackson Health System, Miami
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.
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.
In our last issue, readers identified HIE/interoperability as the third most pressing health IT trend for 2016. Guest writer, Dr. Donald Voltz, noted the current lack of interoperability adversely impacts patient care and leads to unintended clinical consequences. Voltz further notes that, despite pressure from the AMA and AAFP, little resolution has been obtained and, “The future of interoperability will not be solved with new policies either in Washington or within the EHR market. There is simply not enough incentive to do so.”
With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.
For the past five years, EHR/MU was selected as the top health IT initiative for the coming year. This year, there’s a new top initiative, and what it is should come as no surprise.
When announcing the goal of interoperability by 2024, HHS said the flow of information is fundamental. While many share this sentiment, significant barriers remain to improving interoperability at many healthcare organizations.
Health IT is in a state of constant evolution, and it often seems that, for every problem solved, another is created. That’s why it’s vital we stop to assess where the industry stands from time to time, as well as look to the future to determine the best course to take to achieve our collective goals.
By using analytics technology to measure revenue metrics across facilities and physicians, Orlando Health avoided $22.7 million in bad debt write-offs.
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.
HIMSS Poll finds nursing informatics specialists’ experience and salary continue to rise. Nursing Informatics Continues To Grow, Survey Finds By Christine Kern, contributing writer