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When the Promise of Prehabilitation Meets the Power of Healthcare Analytics

Patients who undergo surgery frequently follow a rehabilitation program afterwards to promote recovery. However, starting this program before the procedure may help further accelerate recovery time. Prehabilitation is defined as physical or lifestyle preparation that happens before surgery and is designed to help patients regain function in less time. Prehabilitation includes the following four main components:

  1. Medical optimization of pre-existing medical conditions.
  2. Physical fitness.
  3. Nutritional status.
  4. Psychological support.
Providing coordinated care from the pre-surgery period to post-operative recovery helps ensure the best patient outcomes. Additionally, health systems can glean important insights about best practices when they effectively follow the patient journey and capture relevant data throughout.

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Weekly News Roundup: October 11, 2019

Health systems are facing increasing pressure to deliver cost savings. To build sustainability, healthcare organizations must identify waste and reduce the total cost of care. In this week's news roundup: why activity-based costing is healthcare's secret to doing more with less; why more hospitals are calculating actual cost of care; and more.

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The Top Five Recommendations for Improving the Patient Experience

Improving patient satisfaction scores and the overall patient experience of care is a top priority for health systems. It’s a key quality domain in the CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program (25 percent) and it’s an integral part of the IHI Triple Aim. But, despite the fact that health systems realize the importance of improving the patient experience of care, they often use patient satisfaction as a driver for outcomes. This article challenges this notion, instead recommending that they use patient satisfaction as a balance measure; one of five key recommendations for improving the patient experience:

  1. Use patient satisfaction as a balance measure—not a driver for outcomes.
  2. Evaluate entire care teams—not individual providers.
  3. Use healthcare analytics to understand and act on data.
  4. Leverage innovative technology.
  5. Improve employee engagement.
This article also explains why patient experience is so closely tied to quality of care, and why it’s a prime indicator of a healthcare organization’s overall health.

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Health Catalyst® Introduces Closed-Loop Analytics™ Services

Healthcare organizations face provider dissatisfaction, lack of data integration, and excessive clicks to perform basic functions within the EHR. Closed-Loop Analytics™ aggregates data, circulates that data into new or existing workflows, and then surfaces best practice alerts at the decision point for physicians, clinical providers, and financial and operational teams. With clear calls to action throughout the workflow, organizations improve the utilization and effectiveness of analytics tools, yielding simplified workflows, decreased clicks, and improved outcomes.

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The Healthcare Analytics Summit™: 2019’s Top Data Discoveries and Insights

The 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ (HAS) was packed full of insightful discussions about data democratization, delivering healthcare in a digital age, and the future of analytics and AI. The 2019 HAS infographic reveals 1,600 industry leaders attended, with 60 percent of attendees from the IT/analyst industry, discussing trending data topics, interacting with presenters through polling mechanisms, and utilizing networking opportunities to share solutions and problem-solving methods.

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Weekly News Roundup: September 20, 2019

Healthcare data security is complex issue, and the industry has been slow in determining how to handle new technology. In this week's news roundup: improving healthcare data security with AI; advertising, Amazon, and artificial intelligence; Google's controversial takeover of DeepMind Health; and, confusing laws and bad actors just some of the challenges facing healthcare data safety and patient privacy.

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Overcome Healthcare Data Security Challenges and Improve Patient Trust

As healthcare organizations today face more security threats than ever, artificial intelligence (AI) combined with human judgment is emerging as the perfect pair to improve healthcare data security. Together, they power a highly accurate privacy analytics model that allows organizations to review access points to patient data and detect when a system’s EHR is potentially exposed to a privacy violation, attack, or breach. With specific techniques, including supervised and unsupervised machine learning and transparent AI methods, health systems can advance toward more predictive, analytics-based, collaborative privacy analytics infrastructures that safeguard patient privacy.

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The 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit: Thursday Recap

HAS attendees are accustomed to innovation and projections for the future of digital health. But on the final day of HAS 19, they met the next generation of transformation in person: teenager Justin Aronson presented a keynote on how data democratization will empower him and his peers to solve the challenges of coming decades. Other keynotes—Google’s Marianne Slight, former Bayer CDO Jessica Federer, and Beth Israel Deaconess System CIO Dr. John Halamka—contributed their visions for healthcare’s next era, and presenters in 20 breakout sessions shared the experiences, processes, and technologies that will carry digital transformation forward.

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The 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit: Wednesday Recap

The first full day of the 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS 19) featured keynotes from Thomas Jefferson University CEO Dr. Steve Klesko, best-selling author Daniel Pink, former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, and President of MDLIVE Medical Group Dr. Lyle Berkowitz. Two waves of breakout sessions covered success stories from organizations around the country and their journeys to transformation through further digitization.

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Weekly News Roundup: September 6, 2019

Today's healthcare CIOs risk becoming marginalized from other members of their organization’s leadership when they focus too narrowly on technology and don’t engage with their peers’ strategic goals. This week's news roundup is about what the new healthcare CIO looks like: the new pressures and opportunities they face; five questions to improve strategic engagement; and, tough AI questions with surprisingly simple answers.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 29, 2019

As value-based care continues to grow, driving innovations and new risk arrangements, population health remains a high priority. In this week's news roundup: why the right tools matter for succeeding in population health management; uniting social determinants of health and data for population health; and how adult population health is being effectively addressed in pediatric settings.

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Succeeding in Population Health Management: Why the Right Tools Matter

The U.S. healthcare market projects that by 2022 90 million Americans will be in an ACO. The upward trend in population health management (PHM) makes the move towards risk-based contracts increasingly urgent for health systems. The industry has been largely unprepared for the shift, as it hasn’t established a clear definition of population health or solid guidelines on transitioning from volume to value. Organizations can, however, prepare for the demands of PHM by adopting a solution that manages comprehensive population health data, provides advanced analytics from new and complex challenges, and connects them with the deep expertise to thrive in a value-based landscape.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 23, 2019

In this week's news roundup: six need-to-know guidelines for successful care management; the three must-have qualities of a care management system; and why skilled nursing facilities need to stop thinking of themselves as targets for cuts, and get creative.

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Activity-Based Costing: Healthcare’s Secret to Doing More with Less

Delivering high-quality, cost-efficient care to specific patient populations within a service line is nearly impossible without a sophisticated costing methodology. Activity-based costing (ABC) provides a nuanced, comprehensive view of cost throughout a patient’s journey and reveals the “true cost” of care—the real cost for each product and service based on its actual consumption—which traditional costing systems don’t provide. With the true cost of care at their fingertips, healthcare leaders can identify at-risk populations earlier—such as pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus—and more quickly implement effective interventions (e.g., more scrupulous monitoring and earlier screenings). Health systems that leverage the actionable insight from ABC further benefit by implementing the same, or similar, process/clinical improvement measures across other service lines.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 16, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about healthcare quality measures: how evolving CMS quality measures are moving towards patient-centered care; making alternative payment models truly value based; why the new CMS Primary Care Models have implications for serious illness care; and what changes medical groups want for the CMS Patients Over Paperwork program.

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Evolving CMS Quality Measures Move Towards More Patient-Centered Care, Less Burden for Clinicians

With today’s comprehensive Meaningful Measures initiative, CMS has refocused healthcare quality measures on improving patient needs and experiences, reducing regulatory burden on clinicians, and removing barriers to value-based payment. The evolved quality measures center on patient, clinician, and health system needs and strategic goals to truly impact improving care and lowering costs. Meaningful Measures, according to CMS, must meet seven criteria:

  1. Are patient-centered and meaningful to patients, clinicians, and providers.
  2. Address high-impact measure areas that safeguard public health.
  3. Are outcome-based where possible.
  4. Minimize the level of burden for providers.
  5. Create significant opportunity for improvement.
  6. Address measure needs for population-based payment through alternative payment models.
  7. Align across programs.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 9, 2019

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are a triple threat on the healthcare court with their combined medical center, education, and research sections. With a unique set of resources, AMCs have the ability to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. However, one of the challenges they still face is effectively utilizing healthcare analytics. In this week's news roundup: How AMCs can leverage three areas of healthcare analytics, boost population health management, and automate artificial intelligence for medical decision making. Plus, why AMCs are adapting new business models.

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Why One Attendee Is Traveling From the U.S. Virgin Islands to the 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit

After two Category 5 hurricanes in one year, the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has a unique healthcare improvement journey ahead. Tina Comissiong, legal counsel and chief compliance officer of SRMC, knew she needed to attend the Healthcare Analytics Summit as soon as she learned about the event. SRMC was severely damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and recovery efforts have been underway ever since. In this article, Comissiong explains why she’s excited to attend this year’s summit and how she will apply what she learns to SRMC’s unique healthcare improvement journey.

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Academic Medical Centers: A Triple Threat Approach to Leveraging Healthcare Analytics

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are a triple threat on the healthcare court with their combined medical center, education, and research sections. With a unique set of resources, AMCs have the ability to take a  comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. However, one of the challenges they still face is utilizing healthcare analytics effectively within the patient care setting. With the Healthcare Analytics Adoption Model and other data expertise, AMCs can learn how to merge siloed data, while improving operations, and delivering the highest quality of care to each patient.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 2, 2019

Data drives healthcare improvement and is an imperative resource for navigating a changing healthcare landscape. But healthcare data is complex, and it can be difficult to leverage. This week's news roundup is all about healthcare data management: Three principles of using data to its full potential; how data ethics is now a strategic business weapon; what you need to know about "dark data"; and, four critical phrases of healthcare data governance.

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Healthcare Data Management: Three Principles of Using Data to Its Full Potential

Author Douglas Laney is now tackling the topic of Infonomics: the practice of information economics. In his 2017 book, Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an asset for competitive advantage, Laney provides detailed rationale as well as a thoughtful framework for treating information as a modern-day organization’s most valuable asset. This article walks through how healthcare organizations can leverage data to its full potential using this framework and the three principles of infonomics:

  • Measure - How much data does the organization have? What is it worth?
  • Manage - What data does the organization have? Where is it stored?
  • Monetize - How does the organization use data?

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Weekly News Roundup: July 26, 2019

Our focus in this week's news roundup is precision medicine: four trends to make it possible; a precision medicine approach to cognitive disease treatment; how real-world data (RWD) and evidence are becoming more prominent in clinical research; and, does precision medicine have a minority problem?

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The Health Catalyst IPO: Continuing Our Mission

On July 25, 2019, our Health Catalyst CEO, Dan Burton, the rest of the executive leadership team, and dozens of fellow team members celebrated the Health Catalyst IPO in New York City. More than 700 team members and their families all over the world joined the celebration during events held locally—from Salt Lake City to Boston to Columbus to Singapore. This was a day long-in-the-making, starting with our prescient co-founders Tom Burton and Steve Barlow in 2008. From those early days onward, Health Catalyst has been a mission-driven company committed to being the catalyst for massive, measurable, data-informed healthcare improvement.

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How Healthcare Cost-Per-Case Improvements Deliver Big Bottom-Line Savings

As health systems face more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings, they’re turning their attention to cost-per-case improvement projects. These strategies can produce quick wins for improvement teams looking to gain momentum and buy-in. This article addresses the following topics:

  1. How to identify areas of opportunity.
  2. The importance of costing accuracy.
  3. Four strategies for implementing cost-per-case improvement projects.
  4. Example projects for new teams.
  5. How to sustain results.

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Weekly News Roundup: July 19, 2019

Health systems are facing more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings. As a result, many organizations have turned their attention to cost-per-case as an area for potential financial improvements. In this week's news roundup: how healthcare cost-per-case improvements deliver big bottom-line savings; sepsis treatment costs shoot up $1.5 billion for hospitals over three years; cost-accounting-adoption-slow-decades-now-hyper-speed; and, hospital leaders see clear ROI for supply chain analytics, but most use outdated processes.

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