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Big data offers way around merger mania

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 14, 2016

Mega-mergers by commercial insurers are prompting mergers by hospitals and creating an arms race that is not improving the cost of care for consumers.The real secret weapon is big data, which is still years away from being properly harnessed and shared among providers so they can manage the health...

Organizations should stay committed to Lean

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 14, 2016

Regarding the recent article “Presence Health rethinks its Lean initiative,” Lean and Lean Six Sigma are needed in healthcare more than ever. I

Navigating healthcare's vast data troves via machine learning

Navigating healthcare's vast data troves via machine learning

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 30, 2016

Ayasdi, a tech company in Menlo Park, Calif., uses an applied math concept known as topological data analysis, which finds patterns in vast and complex data sets. The technology has applications in population health, drug discovery and revenue-cycle management.

Q&A: Building the business case for achieving health equity

Q&A: Building the business case for achieving health equity

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health at the CMS, runs the agency's program for addressing racial health disparities. She recently discussed the agency's efforts with Modern Healthcare reporter Steven Ross Johnson.

Q&A: Building the business case for achieving health equity

Q&A: Building the business case for achieving health equity

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health at the CMS, runs the agency's program for addressing racial health disparities. Modern Healthcare reporter Steven Ross Johnson recently explored the agency's efforts to address healthcare disparities.

Orcas swimming into health IT with EHRs

Orcas swimming into health IT with EHRs

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 16, 2016

Researchers studying the pods of killer whales that arrive each spring in Washington's Puget Sound want a new tool for their scientific arsenal: electronic health records.

Commentary: Cut the strings on software

Commentary: Cut the strings on software

By Jonathan Bush  |  April 06, 2016

The electronic health record was meant to be the “Great IT Hope,” yet decades later, healthcare still languishes in a disconnected state, says Athenahealth co-founder Jonathan Bush.

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