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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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With apologies to Internet meme-makers everywhere, analytics experts have a message for healthcare providers trying to get their heads around business and clinical intelligence: "Big data, you're doing it wrong."
May 1, 2014
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We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it?
May 1, 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.
May 1, 2014
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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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Seeking to improve daily workflow and decrease A/R days, Roanoke, Virginia-based Carilion Clinic discovered that through tight integration with its Epic HIS, SSI’s ClickON® Technology solutions could help the health system achieve its goals. With SSI, Carilion Clinic now boasts an impressive 47-52 A/R day range for hospital billing and 25-30 days for professional billing.
July 8, 2013
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At the precipice of the 5010 conversion, Hendersonville, North Carolina-based Pardee Hospital embarked on a change of billing vendors. With guidance from SSI’s acclaimed customer support, the nationally recognized, not-for-profit community hospital thrived during the transition and continues to benefit from ClaimSmart Suite®, SSI’s fourth generation Revenue Cycle Management solution.
July 8, 2013
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Hospitals and health systems have invested significant funds and other resources to meet numerous strategic enterprise initiatives such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, HIPAA requirements, whether to join or form an ACO, and others. Executives from four major health systems came together for a roundtable discussion on how employing an integrated strategy has helped them overcome challenges and achieve goals. <br> </br> Learn how leading healthcare organizations are:<br> </br> • Educating stakeholders on the ultimate benefits of the initiatives<br> • Adopting methodologies that streamline workflows and reduce costs<br> • Sharing information and promoting best practices across the enterprise<br> • Avoiding initiatives being deployed in silos<br> • Knowing when to partner with trusted organizations to achieve initiatives more rapidly and efficiently<br>
April 30, 2013
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The emergence of predictive analytics is making it possible for health care organizations to get a more accurate picture of the future. This white paper offers examples of how the health care industry is applying advanced analytics to data. As a result, organizations can quickly and effectively implement programs that vastly improve care and reduce unnecessary readmissions. To find out more, download the full report.
April 23, 2013
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As healthcare providers implement health IT to comply with federal mandates and participate in quality of care programs, VNA solutions can play a critical role in helping them meet their needs today and in their future IT initiatives. Forward-thinking healthcare providers around the world are already successfully meeting this challenge with VNA. Download this Healthcare IT News eBook to learn how VNA enables exchange, supports data consolidation and IT simplification.
April 16, 2013
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Accountable care offers the nation’s ailing health care system new hope — but it isn’t a new idea. For the past decade, health systems, payers, and providers across the country have been practicing accountable care principles through initiatives such as the Collaborative Payer™ Model, a care delivery innovation jointly developed by a payer and provider that approximates an accountable care organization.
April 4, 2013
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The multimillion-dollar question is: Are you covering who you think you’re covering? This white paper gives insights into the scope of eligibility fraud among commercial managed care organizations, state employee health plans, and state and federal agencies. It also addresses why it is important to incorporate multiple, diverse data sources into your analysis to spot inconsistencies and anomalies. Lastly, read about five real-world case studies of eligibility fraud detection in action.
April 2, 2013
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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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In 2013, healthcare IT will experience these six shifts that have the potential to transform the industry.
January 11, 2013
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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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