Connected Care

Managing Patient Care Big Data
How to Leverage Big Data for Patient Care Management

The healthcare industry is in the midst of a rapid structural evolution, with a growing emphasis on “big data” gathering and utilization. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a primary catalyst in promoting many of these changes, specifically regarding quality and clinical data reporting. Though many CMS…

Top 5-star hospitals
Will HCAHPS Stars Light the Way to Healthcare Transparency?

In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a ratings system as part of their Hospital Quality initiative. The aim of the new program is to meet consumer demand for objective, comprehensible data on the performance and care quality of individual hospitals. Hospitals are required by CMS…

Epic EHR
Top 10 Hospitals Implementing Epic EHR

Epic is the largest provider of EHR systems in the United States, accounting for more than 30 percent of all inpatient and ambulatory systems. As hospitals and care facilities continue to utilize electronic data sharing, and hospitals implement multiple EHR systems across inpatient and ambulatory departments, there could be a greater…

Mental Health Mass Trauma
How to Address Mental Health after Mass Trauma

Firearm-related injuries account for more than $2.8 billion in direct emergency and inpatient care costs every year in the U.S. This does not include the indirect financial costs or emotional effects on patients and providers after incidents of mass trauma. Currently the U.S. is facing a potential shortage of physicians…

Epic EHR
Obstacles Hinder HIE Utilization, but Future Bright

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), publicly or privately operated hubs of patient data intended to connect regional providers, have faced significant obstacles in recent years despite support from the ACA and state organizations. While some are technological, such as discrepancies in data classification among EHR systems, others involve deliberate data blocking…

hospital outpatient procedures
Commercial Groups Driving Force Behind ACOs Development

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are often touted as the healthcare delivery model of the future. Though CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program gets lots of attention from analysts and the media, the real direction of ACOs is being determined behind the scenes in the private sector. Commercial ACOs cover millions of…