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With the rate of EHR adoption hovering at about 70 percent of providers, has healthcare truly pivoted, as the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT claims, from implementation to optimization? It seems the answer is a firm maybe.

In healthcare today, managing the health of patients and practices is all about managing risk. Adding value-driven, population-focused strategic analytics makes the process a lot less risky. Colorado Springs Health Partners (CSHP) is proof positive that analytics and clinical intelligence work for patients and providers.

Can the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation survive the political crossfire in which it finds itself caught?

Evidence-based practice is having an impact on healthcare but “we still have robust evidence for only a relatively small proportion of what we do,” says David W. Bates, MD, MSc, chief quality officer and senior vice president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and medical director of clinical and quality analysis for Partners HealthCare in Boston.

It’s a mixed bag in how accountable care organizations (ACOs) are faring at improving health, delivering better quality of care and reducing costs.

Nurses are making their mark on the team-based, technology-rich healthcare system of the future

EHR 2.0 is the idea that once certified EHR technology is implemented, a healthcare delivery organization can begin to reap the kind of knowledge and actionable information from its vast stores of data that bend the cost curve and make a real impact on patient outcomes.

It’s been used in other industries for years, and now healthcare is using data mining to identify high-cost patients with similar characteristics, improve quality and manage costs. Growing efforts to dig into big data are yielding more insight into one of the most challenging and complex diseases: cancer.

Healthcare organizations are using new tools and innovations to streamline the delivery of care in the emergency department while improving patient satisfaction. 

One of the goals of Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation challenge grants issued in 2011 was improving care coordination with long-term care providers. Here’s a look at the results.

Consider these tips and tricks amid growing concerns for healthcare’s cyber security.

Dashboards are emerging as valuable tools for tracking performance measures and other efforts related to quality of care.