Business Intelligence

Healthcare providers are utilizing business intelligence solutions to analyze data such as revenue, staff performance and efficiency of operations. BI solutions, often manifested as informational dashboards, are increasingly included in hospital information systems and integrated with enterprise electronic health records.

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Pittsburgh is a town that makes things. Now UPMC is embracing the spirit of the Steel City as it starts to sell the analytics tools it's built for its own use to other providers.
April 30, 2014
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Truven Health Analytics has acquired Fortel Analytics, whose fraud detection technology will be deployed to comb data for suspicious patterns in healthcare insurance claims.
April 28, 2014
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Health information exchange is at a crossroads, with many HIEs having exhausted their funding -- and some having already gone out of business -- just as data exchange is becoming more important than ever. Some innovative exchanges are proving their value, however.
April 28, 2014
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The shift toward value-based care has sparked a demand for analytics like never before, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. The report also points out that the demand has vendors rushing a wave of new products to market.
April 24, 2014
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If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert.
April 22, 2014
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Effective use of analytics is "not something you can buy from a vendor; it's an organizational and cultural value that has to grow and mature," said James E. Gaston, speaking Thursday at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington.
April 18, 2014
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In the year and 10 days since it was launched in New Orleans, the vendors of the CommonWell Health Alliance have been setting up the infrastructure for their vision of cross-competitive data liquidity.
April 18, 2014
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Welltok, says CEO Jeff Margolis, is leading a transformative movement in healthcare – pioneering health optimization. Now, it has a little help from its friend Watson.
April 18, 2014
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Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, says the integrated delivery network's pioneering population health programs depend on insightful use of data to drive behavior change.
April 18, 2014
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Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday.
April 17, 2014
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In yet another record quarter for venture capital, health information technology companies raked in $858 million since January, across 163 deals -- a 154 percent increase compared to Q4 2013.
April 15, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo said Thursday in a keynote on Capitol Hill it's time for ONC to drive healthcare beyond the meaningful use of electronic health records toward the use of big data.
April 11, 2014
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This white paper discusses five strategic imperatives for providers facing dramatic transformations in the US health care system – and why analytics is the key to executing them. Case study overviews from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Healthways and McKesson are included as examples of providers are using analytics successfully to address current and future challenges surrounding health care reform.
April 2, 2013
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For provider organizations, tools that drive improved performance of legacy clinical applications as well as improve security and create efficiencies in the management of client computing are increasingly becoming critical for healthcare organizations. Desktop virtualization technology is increasingly being used by providers to realize these advantages.
March 13, 2013
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Agility is central to delivering excellence in patient care. However, healthcare organizations have entered a new era of scale in which the amount of data captured, processed, and stored is breaking down every architectural construct in the storage industry. NetApp delivers innovative technologies and capabilities for an agile data infrastructure that address the challenges of big data scale, enabling healthcare providers to gain insight into massive datasets, move data quickly, and store important content for long periods of time.
March 13, 2013
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Summers Labs has relied on a customary AS/AV interface with features that were not typically user-friendly for their patients and did not include an archiving system. The small facility needed to complete their arrangement update effectively, while incorporating enhanced business continuity features such as email uptime. After evaluating a number of email management options, Summers Labs organized their migration to Exchange 2010 without distressing about email outages. Download this case study to learn how the facility guaranteed a comprehensive, workable server.
November 27, 2012
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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with <a href="/directory/medicare" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Medicare</a> to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
November 9, 2012
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Information Transforms Healthcare. As a Provider, you collect more data than ever before, from EMRs, patient surveys, home monitoring, to imaging. Collaborating on patient care is difficult at best—there’s so much data, it can’t easily be shared and it’s often incomplete. And new insights can only be derived from relevant information. IT executives can close the gap between maintenance and innovation budgets and deliver clinically relevant, operationally efficient, and fiscally sound solutions for the business. How? With a proven IT infrastructure that allows you to securely take advantage of newly digitized data.
November 7, 2012
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Now, more than ever, healthcare providers require solutions that analyze data from many sources across the continuum of care and provide actionable insights to meet the clinical and business demands of the ever-changing healthcare industry. Learn about strategies and solutions to help you on your transformational journey with the analytics capabilities needed to aggregate, analyze, and visualize your data to make informed patient care and operational decisions.
October 26, 2012
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Revenue cycle management, the lifeblood of financial performance, requires an unwavering commitment to excellence: excellence aided by superior technology and continuous process improvement. An in-depth analysis of top-performing revenue cycle organizations reveals a repeatable success framework, one driven by a commitment to efficiency, automation, data and analytics, and the deployment of a technology platform with unmatched revenue cycle capability.
October 24, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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Based on interviews from physicians, academic institutions, hospitals and health systems, this paper details five strategic imperatives for anyone in the health care industry who wants their organization to face the future from a position of strength.
July 2, 2012
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As I complete the first semester teaching in a new graduate program in healthcare information technology, I am reminded of the enormity and importance of the work that has been accomplished at my University to launch a master’s degree program in Healthcare Information Systems (HIS).
January 2, 2013
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I was hanging out with Tom Rodgers of Cambia Health the other day and we were discussing the seemingly unrelenting trend of the formation of new technology incubators and accelerators, designed to help catapult the weird and wonderful ideas of entrepreneurs into actionable companies.
October 1, 2012
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I was hanging out with David Shaywitz of Forbes the other day and he told me about a piece he wrote some time back about the buzzwords associated with the “innovation” culture that has emerged by name in Silicon Valley and Beyond. This inspired me to develop a Healthcare IT Bingo board.
September 7, 2012
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As an academic discipline, healthcare information technology is still young. In a past blog, I wrote about the emergence of bachelor’s level healthcare IT programs.
August 21, 2012
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Hailing from Atlanta, which has a vibrant startup scene via the resources offered by Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, Venture Atlanta and similarly themed programs (not to mention a strong healthcare IT sector in general), I keep a sharp eye out for news related to just-getting-off-the-ground healthcare IT companies.
July 31, 2012
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If you ask any hospital CIO, they will likely say that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act have been both a blessing and a curse.
June 13, 2012
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Recently, Alex Knapp wrote a brilliant article entitled "Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk" in Forbes. For those of us who have watched every episode and can recite every line of dialog from memory, these 5 lessons are a great distillation of the series.
March 13, 2012
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A recent survey of British corporate finance officers indicated the chief information officer position would disappear from the business landscape in the next five years.
February 28, 2012
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In order for a service-oriented approach to succeed at becoming part of the department or organizational culture, there will have to be an eventual recognition by management, if not leaders, of what services you provide.
January 25, 2012
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Service oriented culture. The very mention of the phrase can cause a variety of reactions in people ranging from the ambiguity of “I think I know what Service is…” to the eye-rolling “Oh, great – another buzzword that we are going to have to suffer through until the next one” mindset.
January 24, 2012
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2011 was a hard year filled with Meaningful Use (including many upgrades to certified systems or self-certification), 5010 (the deadline for upgrading billing systems is January 1, 2012), accelerating compliance demands, new security threats, rapidly evolving technologies, and unprecedented demand for new projects driven by the consumerization of IT.
December 27, 2011
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With daily news of healthcare mergers and acquisitions coming left and right, it's no surprise that start-ups are also finding firm footing in the industry right now.
December 9, 2011
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