Population Health

Northwell LoJack care transitions

Northwell supervisor Jennifer Laffey

By Bill Siwicki 07:33 am March 17, 2017
Homegrown care platform enables real-time messages when enrolled patients get discharged, admitted to another facility or present symptoms. And within the hospitals it serves as a documentation tool for all interactions.
Medicaid expansion Harvard economist

Katherine Baicker of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that Americans with insurance coverage are better off but there is no way to expand Medicaid and reduce costs. 

By Bill Siwicki 08:07 am March 15, 2017
Expanding Medicaid coverage in Oregon increased the use of care services and improved overall health while diminishing financial strain on patients. Here’s what healthcare executives and policymakers around the country can learn from the experiment.
Mass General population health

Mass General's Adrian Zai said that among the population health challenges is coordinating care and making sure all the right pieces are in place. 

By Bill Siwicki 08:15 am March 14, 2017
The hospital's multidisciplinary care teams track patients in real-time and can mount interventions to correct lagging performance. And Mass General’s clinical director of population informatics Adrian Zai, MD, said that doctors like the program.
social determinants population health

Health Quality Advisors president Michael Millenson said that healthcare organizations cannot make the transition to population health and value-based care without engaging patients and that requires addressing a number of challenges. 

By Diana Manos 07:30 am March 14, 2017
Experts contend that healthcare providers are starting to catch on to the importance social determinants of health play at the individual and patient population levels and that, increasingly, the factors will inform how they can ultimately improve care.   
artificial intelligence cloud

The showroom floor came in tops as favorite part of HIMSS17.

By Tom Sullivan and Wendy Almeida 01:53 pm March 10, 2017
Healthcare IT News conducted a post-HIMSS17 survey to gauge real implementations of the conference’s big buzzwords. Respondents also revealed their favorite part of this year’s conference. 
ACOs accountable care organizations
By Bill Siwicki 07:53 am March 10, 2017
Looking at 400 accountable care organizations, University of Texas researchers found that ACOs can use health IT to improve overall efficiency by coordinating care and providing better services.
MassHealth population health

MassHealth chief medical officer Carolyn Langer, MD. 

By Bill Siwicki 07:52 am March 10, 2017
Convene every stakeholder. Identify cross-department linkages. Understand patient sub-populations. Don’t forget long-term care and behavioral health. And hold ACOs accountable.
By Jessica Davis 11:31 am March 08, 2017
West Virginia delegates approved a telehealth bill on Monday with a vote of 95-4 that would expand access to mental and behavioral healthcare medications in rural areas. The bill now heads to the state senate for another vote.
HIMSS17 AI ACA analytics
By Tom Sullivan 09:17 am March 08, 2017
This year's conference hit on many healthcare trends, including machine learning, analytics and population health. And then there were Dan Rather, Ginni Rometty, John Boehner and Michael Leavitt. Here are the high points, all in one place.
Palmetto Health telehealth reimbursement
By Bill Siwicki 09:03 am March 08, 2017
As part of a population health program, telemedicine technology requires new assumptions and strategies as well as technology, clinicians and finance all working together, Palmetto chief value and informatics officer Tripp Jennings says.

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