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Clinical Decision Support Central to Advancing Cancer Care

August 21, 2017 - Innovations in cancer research and treatment guidelines make clinical decision support (CDS) tools a critical resource for providers. Writing in Oncology Times, Lalan Wilfong, MD, of Texas Oncology identified CDS tools as one of five health IT services capable of helping improve cancer care when put into the hands of oncologists.  “For example, treatment options for lung...


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Health Data Sharing Leads to New Flu Trend Prediction System

by Sara Heath

Researchers have developed an improved influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting system, thanks to the use of EHR technology and health data sharing. By aggregating information from EHRs and crowd-sourced data sources, researchers have...

Physician EHR Toolkits May Help Improve Quality Metrics

by Sara Heath

EHR use provides many improvements to the quality of patient care, particularly with regard to care coordination between various providers. However, there still exists a hole in EHR capabilities for research and analytics. Demetrius M....

Providers Look to Healthcare Analytics But Lack Strategy

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite significant interest in leveraging healthcare analytics, few healthcare organizations have the necessary strategy for blending financial, operational, clinical, and other data effectively, according to a recent Deloitte Center for...

ACOs Facing Clinical Data Integration, Exchange Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Access to external clinical data and clinical data integration stand out as the top challenges facing accountable care organizations, according to results from a recent eHealth Initiative and Premier Inc. survey of 69 ACOs. More than...

Common Clinical Quality Measures Providers Need to Report

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recently updated certain electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that apply to both hospitals and eligible healthcare professionals who will be reporting next year. On May 1, the...

How Population Health Management Could Predict Suicide Risk

by Vera Gruessner

Physicians looking to achieve the Triple Aim of Healthcare – lower costs, improved quality of care, and better population health management – will need to incorporate interoperable health IT systems and certified EHR...

How Certified EHR Technology Affects Population Health Outcomes

by Vera Gruessner

Population health management is a vital aspect of enhancing patient outcomes across the medical industry and ensuring a healthier community of people in the majority of regions across the country. Certified EHR technology can be used...

PA Hospital Wins HIMSS Davies Award for Patient Safety, Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Significant improvements in patient safety, population health management, and efficiency in the emergency department have netted a HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence for St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  The...

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Resigns Her Position

by Jennifer Bresnick

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is the latest Obama Administration official to vacate her post, just weeks after the resignation of CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.  Hamburg, who has served nearly six years as the FDA’s top...

Medical Device Integration Complements EHR Implementation

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR implementation can often be such a significant challenge to a healthcare organization that the thought of revving up concurrent programs that further alter the clinical workflow is unthinkable.  Installing new medical device...

mHealth, Data Analytics See $4.7 Billion in 2014 VC Funding

by Jennifer Bresnick

The past year saw a $4.7 billion investment in healthcare IT companies, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group, as venture capital firms seek to promote lucrative technologies in the practice-facing and consumer-facing markets. ...

eICU Telehealth Data Allows Clinical Analytics for Researchers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Telehealth is mostly viewed as a quick way to review a skin rash with a physician through video conferencing or text messaging, not as a source of rich and comprehensive patient data for clinical analytics.  But a new project coming out...

FDA Expands EHR Data Analytics with Active Surveillance System

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA is growing its EHR data analytics capabilities with the expansion of the Sentinel Initiative for active drug safety surveillance. The Food and Drug Administration’s Sentinel Initiative, one of the first active surveillance...

Big Data Underpins Five Health IT Predictions for 2015

by Dean Stephens of Healthline

These five health IT predictions for the coming year pin their hopes on the potential of big data to support healthcare reform. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) put a strong stake in the health IT landscape, shifting critical...

ONC Hopes to Move beyond the EHR for True Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records are only the first piece in the population health puzzle, says JASON in a new report. The Office of the National Coordinator is focused on a lot more than increasing adoption of electronic health records these...

How to Improve Clinical Data Quality through Optimization

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

At its core, the EHR serves to ensure the delivery of safe and accurate care, but the clinical data generated by patient encounters has secondary and tertiary purposes whose effectiveness depends on the reliability of data entered by...

Georgia, South Carolina HIEs Connect for Patient Data Sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health information exchanges in Georgia and South Carolina will now share patient data across state lines. Southern hospitality is alive and well in the world of health information exchange (HIE) as Georgia and South Carolina announce that...

What can healthcare in other countries teach the US?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite leading the world in spending on healthcare, the United States continues to lag behind other industrialized nations in performance, according to a recent report published by the Commonwealth Fund. Of the 11 countries studied in the...

Understanding the role of nurse informaticists in healthcare

by Sponsored Content

A few years ago I attended a class reunion. As I was catching up with an old classmate, sharing the typical life updates, she was surprised to learn about my career shift from a traditional nursing role to my new work in health information...

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