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Reference Data Management: The Cornerstone of Reliable Analytics

HITECH Answers

Simply put, data remains one of healthcare’s greatest opportunities and challenges. As such, healthcare organizations are increasingly turning to reference data management (RDM) as a best-practice strategy for managing the growing volumes of clinical and claims data needed to successfully position within an evolving regulatory environment. Increased momentum with value-based care through such initiatives as […]

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Have we got a solution for you

Health Management Technology

Looking for an answer to your interoperability woes? You’ve come to the right place. Our HMT middleware roundtable executives describe their latest offerings for applications that make the enterprise more streamlined and information more usable.

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New Metrics Spotlight Interoperability Progress

For The Record

National healthcare movements demand an interoperable framework for accurate data exchange across healthcare continuums. As value-based care continues to unfold, the industry at large remains focused on efforts to mature interoperability to support high-level quality initiatives aimed at improving population health and cutting costs.

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A Better Data Governance Model

Health IT Outcomes

Access to timely, accurate information is foundational to smart decision-making. While most industries have long recognized the value of data-driven operations, healthcare is later to the game when it comes to the concepts of Big Data and analytics. Current industry movements around the Triple Aim of improved population health, patient experience, and costs are driving […]

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Steps to Successful Analytics

Health IT Outcomes

In October, hospitals’ fledgling ICD-10 systems and processes will be put to their first major test with the addition of more than 6,130 new codes. Without sufficient bandwidth to manage and verify appropriate utilization of the expanded code set, risk adjustment and quality measures reporting and reimbursement levels may all be impacted, as well as […]

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Healthcare’s Growing Analytics Conundrum

Health System Management

Data analytics plays a critical role in today’s quality- and value-based healthcare environment. Yet hospitals and health systems struggle with designing systems to capture information in a way that is complete and accurate. As a result, many are calling into question the integrity of their data and its usefulness as a tool for achieving desired […]

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A Weightier ICD-10 — Is the Industry Ready for the First Round of Updates?

For The Record

Beginning October 1, 2016, the annual update cycle for the ICD-10 code set will resume. A March review of proposed changes to both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS by the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee yielded recommendations for new code descriptions, but no final decisions. Current proposals point to the potential introduction of a whopping 5,550 revisions […]

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Avoiding One of the Most Common Analytics Pitfalls

HIE Answers

Today’s hospital and health system executives cannot help but hear the clamor to advance data-driven care delivery models focused on proactive management of populations. Pressed by a sense of urgency to position for the future of risk-based reimbursement arrangements, executives can often overlook a cornerstone element to success with analytics: data normalization. In fact, it […]

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National Efforts Take Aim at Reaching Semantic Interoperability By Greg Slabodkin Health Data Management

Health Data Mangement

As the healthcare industry grapples with the daunting challenges of achieving interoperability, stakeholders are focused on solving the fundamental problem of ensuring that all parties “speak the same language,” through the use of common data models and vocabularies. Semantic interoperability, the ability of two or more healthcare systems to share clinical information and use it […]

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Partnership Enhances Population Health Analytics

Health Care IT News

Health Language partners with Caradigm to improve population health and analytics initiatives. Tina Moen, VP of Client Strategy at Health Language, discusses the best practices when you may be just getting started on your analytics journey. Mark Pilarski, VP and General Manager, and Corinne Stroum, Senior Program Manager from Caradigm, walk through their challenges they […]

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Beyond Words: Terminology’s Role in Meaningful Use By Jason Wolfson For The Record

For The Record

As a focal point of national quality initiatives, meaningful use (MU) is unfolding across the industry as a strategic effort to increase the momentum of health information exchange (HIE). The initiative accomplishes this goal by progressively laying a foundation of attestation requirements for the collection, exchange, and reporting of data using certified EHR technology (CEHRT). […]

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Health IT News: Data Normalization: A foundational step to achieving Triple Aim goals

Health Care IT News

Actionable data is critical to advancing healthcare’s Triple Aim: improving patient experience, population health and costs. Data accuracy for analytics and information sharing must exist to accomplish these goals. Interoperability is a focal point of national efforts to advance information sharing and data analytics, but lack of a common clinical vocabulary is currently a primary […]

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Health Payer News: The Quest for a Single Source of Terminology Truth

Healthcare Finance

As federal regulatory initiatives up the ante on information sharing capabilities inside and outside a healthcare organization, the C-Suite is increasingly finding that a comprehensive terminology management strategy is critical. Lack of a common clinical vocabulary across disparate systems is a primary roadblock to greater collaboration between payers and providers and the greater goals of […]

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Government Health IT: Intersection of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use – Clinical Documentation Improvement

Health Care IT News

As hospitals, health systems and payers navigate the new risk-bearing landscape, synergies exist when clinical documentation improvement strategies are expanded to address both meaningful use (MU) SNOMED CT requirements and ICD-10. While the magnitude of the ICD-10 transition itself and the ongoing rumors of additional delays may tempt some organizations to pause in their pursuit […]

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Becker’s Hospital Review: Data Normalization for Semantic Translation

Becker's Hospital Review

Why normalizing your clinical and claims data into standard terminologies is critical to supporting forward-thinking initiatives such as big data analytics, population health management and semantic interoperability.

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ICD-10 Coding Success: The Devil is in the Details

For The Record

September 25, 2014 – ICD-10 is a brave new world. The differences in terminology offer opportunities to broaden the outlook of patient care as well as notable challenges to HIM professionals. These realities are helping health care organizations develop a deeper awareness of what the broader scope of readiness really entails.

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Clinical informatics: Data in action

Health Care IT News

If there is one emerging pattern within the clinical informatics field, it is the quest to make data “actionable” for users. With all the technology infrastructure development over the past decade to facilitate electronic health record installation in healthcare facilities, providers are finding that the data generated often can’t be used in a timely and […]

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