Data Analytics

Hospitals and health systems use current and past data from its informatics systems to find trends, draw conclusions and identify the potential for improvement outcomes in patients and populations, and to support business decision-making. In patient care, data analytics can show areas  that need improvement, and bottlenecks to faster and more accurate diagnoses. On the business side, health system data can be leveraged to lower costs, maximize revenue, streamline and improve operations. Data is increasingly being used to look at the larger picture of population health to identify traits that can flag patients that may need additional resources to prevent readmissions. It can also help identify patients at high risk for some diseases that can be contacted about additional screenings for improved preventative care.

Video of Kateita Hasanovic, RN, senior director, clinical EHR applications at Baptist Health, Jacksonville, Florida, explains how her large health system consolidated its Epic EHR and patient medication history.

How medication reconciliation data consolidation in the EHR enables better patient care

Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida, consolidated patient medication history from numerous facilities into one location in its Epic EHR to improve patient safety and allow data analytics.

October 10, 2023
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Hospital trio learns cybersecurity lessons the hard way

How quickly a hospital recovers from a ransomware cyberattack has a lot to do with how thoroughly the hospital prepared ahead of time for just such an event.

October 5, 2023

Patients admitted with C. diff not a significant source of in-hospital transmission

Hospital patients who test positive for Clostridioides difficile immediately upon admission but show no symptoms are highly unlikely to spread the germ to other inpatients.

September 21, 2023
Bradley Hunter, vice president for value-based care and core solutions at KLAS Research, outlines several key, overarching health information technology trends at the Health Information management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2023 meeting. #HIMSS #HIMSS23

KLAS explains key health IT trends at HIMSS 2023

Bradley Hunter, vice president for value-based care and core solutions at KLAS Research, outlines the key, overarching health information technology trends seen at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2023 meeting. 

May 8, 2023
Amit Trivedi, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) director of informatics and health IT standards, discussed these challenges of next-level interoperability with Health Exec at the HIMSS 2023 annual meeting. #HIMSS #HIMSS23 #HIMS2023 #interoperability

What missing pieces remain in health IT interoperability?

Amit Trivedi, HIMSS director of informatics and health IT standards, explains the remaining gaps in interoperability and how it remains a moving target.

April 25, 2023
These findings underscore the need for better implementation of shared decision-making (SDM) models, as well as more thorough counseling documentation, as low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screen coverage is dependent on these factors, experts suggested.

Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, warns CDC

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all rose between 2020 and 2021, totaling more than 2.5 million reported cases, according to CDC surveillance data

April 12, 2023
The European Society of radiology European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2023 meeting. Image courtesy of ECR

Key trends in radiology at the European Congress of Radiology 2023 meeting

Bhvita Jani, research manager at the healthcare market analysis firm Signify Research, shares noteworthy happenings from the ECR expo floor.

April 7, 2023
patient image portal sharing covid-19

Vast majority of patients want to view test results via portals

A recent study published in JAMA Network Open aimed to explore how patients feel about receiving test results via patient portals as soon as they are available.

March 22, 2023

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Kate Hanneman, MD, explains why many vendors and hospitals want to lower radiology's impact on the environment. "Taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint in healthcare isn’t just an opportunity," she said. "It’s also a responsibility."

The Department of Justice spent a substantial amount of time and energy targeting healthcare fraud in 2023, according to a new 80-page report. Some of the year's biggest settlements involved cardiac surgery and cardiac imaging. 

Carrie Redick, an ICU nurse for nearly 20 years, said understanding more about financial data improved her ability to acquire funding and other resources for her program when necessary. 

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