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Closer collaboration among researchers, execs needed

Closer collaboration among researchers, execs needed

By Dr. Eric Larson and Karin Johnson  |  August 22, 2015

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.

Hospitals use big-data platform to improve care

Hospitals use big-data platform to improve care

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 22, 2015

Cleveland Clinic spinoff Explorys collects and organizes data from hundreds of sources and gives providers and researchers tools and applications that allow them to comb through the data to identify patient risk factors, track outcomes and evaluate treatment success.

Innovations: Moving wearables into wellness

Innovations: Moving wearables into wellness

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 08, 2015

Tech-savvy consumers are tracking their daily steps on pedometers, entering their food into calorie-counting sites and participating in online forums. But until recently, their digital health world operated entirely outside the realm they entered once they became ill.

Kevin Fitzpatrick named CEO of CancerLinQ

Kevin Fitzpatrick named CEO of CancerLinQ

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

Effective Aug. 3, Kevin Fitzpatrick will become CEO of CancerLinQ, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Using big data to prevent drug errors

Using big data to prevent drug errors

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 11, 2015

Dr. Gidi Stein was greatly dismayed when he heard about a malpractice case involving the death of a pediatric patient that was the result of a medication error. So in 2012, Stein co-founded a company that offers a big-data software platform to detect prescription errors before they happen.

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

By Melanie Evans  |  June 13, 2015

Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.

CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.

Don't overlook risks from automatic data entry in EHRs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Regarding the article “Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate”, entering vitals such as blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation from electronic monitors directly into the electronic health record saves time and...

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.

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