Health Analytics Trends to Watch for 2016

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

In look forward to 2016, the trend to watch is how Health Analytics is starting to mature Health Intelligence at many organizations.  More health systems are moving out of the realm of pilot projects and into a space where they seek to elevate analytics as an enterprise-wide competency and regular practice. Here are the best bits from this article: Tertiary …

Is healthcare the worst in terms of security? Possibly…

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

This article tells a number of interesting stories about security lapses and work-arounds common to healthcare settings.  My favorite is: “In one hospital, users would be logged out of their workstations if they left their machines idle, so the doctors told a junior nurse to go around their PCs one by one every so often and keep them logged in …

Sketchy: Data Brokers Make Money from Your Medical Data

Greg Nelson Healthcare Analytics

This is completely legal.  But is it ethical?  How are they getting the data?  What do they do with it?  And does this undermine the trust between the patient and provider? This is a great article from Scientific American that describes the practice and the players. (And it seems to be published in the future — 2/1/2016) All of this …

Time for a Patient-Driven Health Information Economy? — NEJM

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Between the call for transparency in costs and the growing quantified self moment, a patient-driven health economy is coming.   The real question is, will the healthcare industry step up to embrace this, abandon paternalism, and embrace data sharing?  Or will Silicon Valley swoop in the capitalize on the need? Read the source article at The New England Journal of …

Fun Bites: Radar Charts to Examine Healthcare Value

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics

At ThotWave we love collecting visualizations.  Sometimes the right picture can be such an elegant, compelling, and even provocative way to tell a story. This story is about the comparative effectiveness of three different prostate cancer treatments. If you were a patient, which treatment would you want?   Read the source article at catalyst.nejm.org

Software Is Dramatically Better Than Paper – Even if EHR Is Far from Perfection | EMR and EHR

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

It’s practically Bastille Day for those who are celebrating the demise of Meaningful Use (although we don’t think it is quite dead, yet).   And yet as health analytics professionals, we find it hard to be overjoyed at the sunset of a program that did more in a few years to drive EHR adoption than any other initiative previously.   …

Has the stethoscope had its day? We think so…

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

As technology moves forward, the stethoscope is increasingly a ‘200 year old relic’, to quote Dr. Eric Topol.    But it is an enduring symbol of ‘the Doctor’ that some providers are reluctant to give up as they grapple with redefining the relationship with patients in light of EHRs and wearable health devices.  The quotes from the article really show …

Carolinas Healthcare Releases New App That Integrates with Existing Consumer Health Tracking Devices

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

This is pretty innovative and comes from our friends in Charlotte, NC. Carolinas Healthcare System has a free mobile app that helps patients figure out how to manage and use data from various fitness trackers. It supports 70+ devices and can be used to share data with providers as needed by links to the Carolinas patient portal. This is such …

Strike all you like, doctors – technology will soon take away your power?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

NHS Providers in the UK are protesting a series of productivity enhancements that are being mandated as cost saving measures. But this article isn’t about that– the author asks whether providers have their concerns in the right place as the greater threat to their bargaining power is from technology that can collect patient health data more cheaply, efficiently, and completely. …