HIMSSCast: ACA Community Health Needs Assessments – data challenges and solutions

HIMSSCast: ACA Community Health Needs Assessments – data challenges and solutions

In this HIMSSCast podcast, the discussion centers on the data challenges that have accompanied the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Needs Assessments and hospitals’ improvement strategies. The guest is Michael A. Stoto, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Health at Georgetown University. Like what you hear? Subscribe … Read more

Lack of Data Still Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks

Lack of Data Still Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks

ANCHORAGE — After a middle-aged woman tested positive for Covid-19 in January at her workplace in Fairbanks, public health workers sought answers to questions vital to understanding how the virus was spreading in Alaska’s rugged interior. The woman, they learned, had underlying conditions and had not been vaccinated. She had been hospitalized but had recovered. … Read more

HIMSSCast: California’s work toward statewide health data exchange

HIMSSCast: California's work toward statewide health data exchange

California is a very big state and boasts some of the world’s biggest and most leading-edge health systems. Because of its size, however, the Golden State’s health information exchange ecosystem is often fragmented and siloed, with many regional HIEs serving providers in their nearby footprint. healthcare organizations In July 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bill … Read more

U.S. healthcare system’s reliance on biased data perpetuates health inequity, report shows

U.S. healthcare system's reliance on biased data perpetuates health inequity, report shows

Data Perpetuate Health Inequity There is the widespread use of biased utilization data in the U.S. healthcare system, resulting in the misallocation of resources and perpetuation of health inequity, most notably in the already underserved communities nationwide, according to “How Biased Utilization Data Perpetuate Health Inequity: A Two-Part Strategy to Address the Problem,” a new … Read more

CDC awards $9M for long COVID data system

CDC awards $9M for long COVID data system

Using the Indiana Network for Patient Care research database managed by the Indiana Health Information Exchange, Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute will mine data from state electronic health records to determine the prevalence and measure trends and outcomes of persistent COVID-19 symptoms. WHY IT MATTERS Precise, data-driven estimations can help clinicians better understand and … Read more

APAC still faces immense challenges to data, AI, predictive analytics adoption: report

APAC still faces immense challenges to data, AI, predictive analytics adoption: report

While most healthcare leaders in the Asia Pacific recognise the value of health data more than their global peers, they are still facing significant challenges in using data effectively, according to Royal Philips’ Future Health Index 2022 report. FINDINGS The report, now in its seventh edition, gathered responses from 2,900 healthcare senior executives across 15 … Read more

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare gets $2M for COVID-19 linked data project

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare gets $2M for COVID-19 linked data project

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is receiving A$2.9 million ($2 million) from the federal government for its COVID-19 linked data project. The agency is one of the 14 research groups being funded a total of A$31.5 million ($22 million) by the government’s Medical Research Future Fund to help improve Australia’s understanding of COVID-19. … Read more

Develop pandemic data standards to improve data sharing, Australia’s CSIRO suggests

Develop pandemic data standards to improve data sharing, Australia's CSIRO suggests

The ​​Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency, is suggesting developing national pandemic data standards to improve the data collection and sharing as part of the country’s future pandemic response. This is one of the agency’s recommendations to the government on data sharing for informed response strategies during pandemics.  WHAT IT’S ABOUT … Read more

Stolen Texas health data may be posted to the dark web

Stolen Texas health data may be posted to the dark web

Collin County, Texas-based Methodist McKinney Hospital, Methodist Allen Surgical Center and Methodist Craig Ranch Surgical Center were the victims of a ransomware attack on July 5, the hospital system announced July 29. WHY IT MATTERS They did not pay the ransom, according to a new report by CBS in Dallas-Fort Worth. The culprit, the Karakurt … Read more

Epic Research data: ER patients who OD are rarely tested for fentanyl

Epic Research data: ER patients who OD are rarely tested for fentanyl

Epic Research and the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research reviewed emergency room lab results and discovered that only 5% of U.S. overdose patients are tested for fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the emergency room. While synthetic opioids are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 45, fentanyl is … Read more