ACO Challenges to leveraging HIT infrastructure

As accountable care organizations (ACOs) collect data from more sources, they report concerns about interoperability and data management. Interoperability of disparate systems is a significant challenge for 95 percent of organizations using HIT, and could be limiting the abilities of ACOs to exchange data. Reflecting the provider frustration with interoperability problems, the cost and return-on-investment […]

ACOs Face Significant Data Integration Challenges

An accountable care organizations (ACO) survey, fielded in July-August of 2014 found that 88 percent of the ACOs face significant obstacles in integrating data from disparate sources, and 83 percent report challenges integrating technology analytics into workflow – barriers that become more acute as ACOs add new platforms or build on their expansive network of […]

Challenges to Leveraging HIT Data and Analytics

Although most accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the health information technology (HIT) to improve clinical quality, poor interoperability across systems and providers remains a barrier, according to a recent ACO survey. Access to data from external organizations was challenging for 100 percent of respondents. Follow us on Twitter: @ironSageGroup About ironSAGE Health ironSAGE Health is […]

National Science Foundation Releases SBIR Phase I Solicitation

Program Announcement The National Science Foundation has just released its SBIR Phase I solicitation. NSF Phase I awardees will receive a grant of up to $150,000 for a 6-month development/feasibility project. Phase I awardees may then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period, with the aim of advancing […]

Healthcare Analytics

Informatics Specialists Working to Develop and Improve Population Health Management Population Health Management(PHM) efforts generally focus on two basic forms of healthcare analytics. The first involves real-time analytics, or the clinical data provided at the point of care that affect prescriptive decision-making during patient encounters. Real-time systems rely on two or more pieces of patient […]

The Growth of Population Health Management

As US healthcare moves from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, the methods for improving healthcare delivery across populations is evolving. The growth of Population Health Management (PHM), Electronic Health Records (EHR) and mobile health (mHealth) applications have combined to enable informatics specialists to use health care analytics to mine both clinical and claims data to establish […]

Population Health Management Boosts Medicaid Patient Engagement

A data-driven population health management program targeted to Medicaid patients has successfully improved patient engagement, enhanced patient-provider communications, and raised HEDIS scores for chronic disease sufferers, according to a case study from CareOregon Advantage. Follow us on Twitter: @ironSageGroup About ironSAGE Health ironSAGE Health is a premier provider of performance improvement, health information technology, and […]

Consolidating Retail Systems and Applications

Retailers must evolve with the times to implement a host of digital technologies for the supply chain and its stores. Strategic plans must include appropriate technology investments for replacing legacy e-commerce sites with global cloud-based systems that support strong growth in e-commerce channels. The time has come to combine the siloed websites driven by legacy […]

Lack of Analytics Expertise and Resources Limits Adoption

In a recent survey, senior information technology executives at some of the nation’s largest health systems ranked the “lack of analytics expertise and resources to adopt the technology,” as the highest among obstacles to their adoption of analytics. Not surprisingly, the next biggest obstacle to analytics adoption was the large number of other IT priorities […]

Population Health Tops List of Analytical Drivers

When asked to rate the importance of healthcare trends accelerating the adoption of analytics, a recent survey of senior information technology executives at some of the nation’s largest health systems ranked population health management highest at 84 percent, followed by quality improvement (79 percent) and accountable care (68 percent). Other important initiatives ranked by survey […]