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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The joys of unintended consequences never end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required hospitals to get paid based on how much they improved their patients' health rather than on how many tests and procedures were completed. The intent was to improve patient care.
July 24, 2014
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Venture capital funding for health information technology surpassed $1 billion for the first time in Q2 2014 -- far surpassed, in fact, with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, more than doubling the $861 million raised in the previous quarter.
July 16, 2014
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If there is one emerging pattern within the clinical informatics field, it is the quest to make data "actionable" for users. However, providers are finding that the data generated often can't be used in a timely and constructive manner.
July 11, 2014
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Brigham and Women's Hospital is working on a half-dozen projects aimed at lowering healthcare costs through the use of big data.
July 10, 2014
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Much has been made of the exploding volume of patient data, and the challenges and opportunities that poses for healthcare. But a new analysis finds that it's actually the variety of those data types that's truly giving researchers headaches.
July 3, 2014
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Mount Sinai Health System, one of the largest health systems in the New York metro area, plans to double down on its efforts to capture deeper patient data through census surveys. The goal is to better pinpoint opportunities to improve patient care.
June 27, 2014
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A new mobile app from Premier Inc. offers healthcare providers instant access to product pricing on purchasing contracts of all types.
June 24, 2014
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Widespread use of advanced comparative effectiveness and large-scale monitoring may still be a bit far off. But they are on the horizon, and headway is being made.
June 10, 2014
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At Health Datapalooza this week, exactly how information gets analyzed is up for new ways to be disrupted, revamped and rethought. The theme: endless possibilities. In fact, the ways that the gathering of the appropriate data and the analysis of it can improve health outcomes is astounding. But first the right data must to be collected.
June 3, 2014
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Tech titans like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple already have made huge investments in artificial intelligence to deliver tailored search results and build virtual personal assistants. That approach is starting to trickle down into healthcare too.
June 2, 2014
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A strategy most often applied to industries such as manufacturing and aviation might unlock the potential for better care at lower cost, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
May 30, 2014
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A new report from the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology finds ample opportunity for job-seekers in Georgia, with thousands of IT roles waiting to be filled between providers and vendors.
May 23, 2014
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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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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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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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This past week I had the pleasure of traveling, along with MedTech Media Editorial Director Rich Pizzi, to Amelia Island, Fla. for the inaugural HIMSS Leaders & Innovators conference.
November 22, 2011
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When I began my career as a CIO in 1997, success was function of the basics - email delivery, network connectivity, and application functionality. In 2011, CIO success is much more complex to measure.
November 1, 2011
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Big ideas are often hampered by small budgets. In the world of healthcare, the drawing board is often littered with cast-away notes for projects that never saw the light of day due to lack of funding.
October 11, 2011
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Hospitals and health systems are more technically proficient than ever, as they should be. Yet with all these enabling technologies, many healthcare organizations are still plagued by inefficiencies, lackluster quality scores and uncontrolled costs. Why?
October 7, 2011
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Another year, another Health 2.0 under the belt. This being the fourth time attending it is interesting to see how this event and its participants have evolved.
October 6, 2011
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This post comes to you from the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The main conference kicks off today, but it has been preceded by a week of code-a-thons and a variety of other events, including HealthCamp and the four-track pre-conference.
September 28, 2011
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On Tuesday, Harry Reynolds, Jr., director of Industry Transformation at IBM Global Healthcare, presented attendees at the HIMSS Virtual Events Forum with his "Value of Care Coordination in ACOs" presentation. Here is a Twitter recap of the lecture.
September 13, 2011
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