HHS' partnership with OptumLabs will build momentum toward the push to use big data to lower healthcare costs and improve quality. But it also highlights the divide between those who are masters at using sophisticated analytics and those just now learning.
OptumLabs is teaming up with HHS to use big-data resources to provide insight into patient care and population health. The partnership will provide the technology and tools to cross-reference de-identified medical claims with clinical data to improve healthcare research.
Residents in 27 of the nation's big cities are experiencing lower rates of cancer, diabetes and motor vehicle-accident deaths in 2012 compared with 2007, though African-Americans have not shared in many of these gains, according to a Big Cities Health Coalition report.
The number of tools to track patient health data has exploded in recent years, and the race to access that information is heating up.
Measurement is the name of the game in improving healthcare operations these days, but it presents many challenges for organizations. Here are five questions—and answers—that provide clarity.
Anthem Blue Cross in California says its fledgling alliance of providers exceeded its enrollment target and lured more than half its members from Kaiser. But it's still just starting to build the data infrastructure to allow its hospitals and doctors to function as a truly integrated network.
Modern Healthcare recently hosted a webinar that featured a leadership panel willing to share their views on the importance of health IT systems, the challenges associated with implementation and their advice for other accountable care organizations. Here is an edited transcript of that discussion.
Madison, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics is teaming up with Inovalon, a Bowie, Md.-based analytics software provider, to launch a patient-specific data service.
Diabetic patients are a popular target population for health systems that hope to improve patients' health with better care coordination and closer management. But new data from the research collaborative OptumLabs suggest diabetes management can be too aggressive.
Until recently, insurers and providers did not have good ways of measuring the cost-effectiveness of post-acute care providers, and patients lacked clarity on what to expect after they were discharged. NaviHealth is trying to change that.
On Oct. 1, Medicaid programs in California and three other states will not fully convert from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 coding system, as nearly everyone else is federally mandated to do.
Agencies such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health are funding a growing number of projects designed to more rapidly improve health services, patient outcomes and consumer experiences.