This week’s news roundup focuses on improvement opportunities and digital solutions for payers: how healthcare analytics is helping payers thrive with increased financial risk; trends in healthcare payments; how health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers are falling short when it comes to medication access for autoimmune diseases; why communication is key for out-of-pocket patient costs; and more.
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Patient safety is always an important and timely topic. In this week's news roundup: a CMS proposed rule to strengthen oversight of accrediting organizations; using event reporting and predictive analytics to make patients safer; EHRs as the cause of treatment delays and safety and communication issues between patients and providers; and, using data to improve quality and patient safety.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a proposed rule to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act and proivdes for a public comment period that ends June 3. This week's news roundup focuses on the the ONC's proposed rule: information blocking practices defined and explained, industry concerns about the proposed interoperability rules, and the push for use of open APIs.
Physician burnout has been linked to an increase in medical errors, lower quality of care, and reduced work satisfaction. This week's news roundup focuses on physician burnout, the top burdens facing physicians today, interventions that are helping, and how the digitization of healthcare has exacerbated the problem.
Employer-provided health insurance continues to be a hot topic-and a problem-for both providers and consumers. This week's news roundup examines the issue, including why employers provide health insurance in the first place, why Europeans don't get huge medical bills, how some employers are choosing their employees' doctors, and how data will help shape the future of employer insurance.
This week's news roundup is all about data and the life science industry: why extended real-world data is the industry's number one asset, why pharma R&D needs to adopt a data science mindset, how the cloud can transform pharma, and, on the flip side, why the industry is resistant to embrace cloud technology. Lastly, the Novartis CEO who wanted to bring tech into pharma now explains why it's so hard.
How are 2019 Predictions Holding Up? As the first quarter comes to a close, we’re taking a look how predictions for 2019 are holding up so far. This week, our news roundup examines population health trends to watch, healthcare predictions for 2019 to question, hospital revenue cycle trends, and how trends in appointment-based-businesses will affect healthcare this year. Population Health Trends to Watch, Trends to Question in 2019 healthcare organizations cannot afford to ignore consumers in 2019, as a number of major trends shape the
Alongside widespread efforts to improve healthcare quality, safety, and interoperability, the demand for electronic health information exchanges (HIEs) is increasing. This week’s news roundup features news about HIEs, including the case for combining HIE data with an analytics platform, how HIEs can enable public health reporting when EHRs fall short, how they can help remedy long emergency stays, why mental health providers oppose behavioral health EHR requirements, and the great conundrum of data liquidity in healthcare.
The healthcare industry employs more Americans than any other industry, and, in 2018, created one in every seven new jobs. This week’s news roundup is all about healthcare jobs-the fast paced of growth, why CIOs went from back-office operators to mission-critical innovators, how medical writers can help speed outcomes improvement, and how to turn data analysts into one of the industry’s most in-demand professionals-data scientists.
Faced with challenges, such as mergers and acquisitions, legal mandates, and changing patient populations, many health systems struggle to maintain patient satisfaction. This week's news roundup features patient satisfaction: how mergers and acquisitions may harm patient satisfaction, and ways to increase it, from talking about costs to leveraging technology.
Patient safety is always a hot topic, but this week saw some important steps forward as well as interesting questions raised. Nursing hours are in the news after NYU released a study with concerning findings after analyzing surveys of more than 4,500 newly licensed nurses. An Ottawa hospital is taking a page from the airline industry to improve surgical safety with their use of black boxes in the OR. Geisinger physicians are working to develop a patient safety program to end preventable deaths. And, lastly PSQH Innovation Awards recognized healthcare organizations who overcame quality improvement challenges with top innovator, Thibodaux (Louisiana) Regional Medical Center recognized for their work transforming the care processes and outcomes for patients undergoing hip and knee joint replacements.
This week's news roundup features the intersection of the opioid crisis and the medical marijuana debate. While some see medical marijuana as a partial solution to the opioid crisis, others wonder about the benefits of providing easy access to another drug now that we've seen the devastation from opioid addiction. Intermountain Healthcare, Utah's largest healthcare system, announced that doctors will be able to recommend cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions. This, on the heels of the news that they successfully reduced opioid prescriptions for acute pain by roughly 30 percent in 2018. Lastly, we're featuring a success story of how one healthcare system successfully used opioid prescribing guidelines to reduce the risk of abuse.
Improving clinical workflows is always a hot topic, especially as pressure on clinicians continues to mount. This week's roundup features healthcare workflow news, including ways to protect provider productivity, the importance of user feedback in software usability, how analytics, workflow, and physician education aids sepsis care at Allina Health, and how ACO measures performance improved with data and analytics.
Healthcare Tech Funding in the News Healthcare tech companies have been capturing the attention (and pocketbooks) of investors this week. Namely, Health Catalyst (ahem) reached unicorn status with a $1 billion latest valuation, Devoted Health–a start-up selling health insurance to seniors–raised $300 million at a $1.8 billion valuation, healthcare startup Lytic got a funding boost to help patients pinpoint their health condition and get the next steps for obtaining care, and Healthy.io raised $18 million to bring smartphone urinalysis technology to the U.S. Cloud Unicorn: Health Catalyst Reaches
Nearly half of all Americans use at least one prescription drug, and with high prescription usage comes medication-related problems. More than 1.5 million preventable medication-related adverse events occur each year, costing more than $177 billion in medication-related morbidity and mortality. This week’s news roundup covers medication-related patient safety news including a case for better after-hours palliative care, a success story featuring a significant cost of care reduction at Allina Health, a day in the life of a medication safety officer, and the terrifying story of an Ohio physician who
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic With Analytics With the opioid epidemic continuing to ravage the country, U.S. healthcare professionals are searching for answers. This week’s news roundup includes tools to help combat an epidemic, best practice opioid interventions, and recent news addressing the problem, such as how healthcare executives can use IT to stem the crisis, why it’s time to use machine learning to combat it, and a new study linking opioid deaths to painkiller marketing. How Top Healthcare Executives Can Use IT to Stem the Opioid Crisis