How do you find a patient? It seems all too common that a provider or health analyst would say “How many patients are taking a statin?” or “How many patients didn’t have their physical?”. These are the fundamental questions of population health. The advent of electronic health data was supposed to make answering these questions easy and compared to a system on paper it does. So, when we want to know
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Health Care Reform With an on-again, off-again alphabet soup of legislative mandates and variants moving forward – ACHA, BCRA, GCHF – health care organizations are doing their best to plan for an uncertain future. What this means for the solution providers – ourselves included – is that we need to invest in flexible, scalable frameworks to deploy new outputs in support of this rapidly changing landscape. Going Forward Without a crystal ball to know the future, I am certain of one thing – the questions that organizations ask in the future are unknown today.
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Is this the wearable revolution? Apple Watches to Aetna Many in the Heath IT (HIT) community are abuzz on a report from CNBC that Aetna and Apple are in discussions to roll out Apple Watches to all 23 Million Aetna customers. Last week, Apple and Aetna met to discuss bringing the Apple Watch to the insurer's 23M members. More: https://t.co/RJwyp811lf @chrissyfarr pic.twitter.com/kGr9ZMrrGQ — Rock Health (@Rock_Health) August 14, 2017
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Medication Days Over the past 150 years, some of the most influential medical breakthroughs have been medications that cure disease, relieve symptoms and ultimately extend life and wellness. Considering medication data is essential for measuring the health status of a patient or population, the standards we use to measure compliance with prescriptions should be widely available. Yet processing medication data into useful statistics presents a set of unique challenges.
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Open Clinical Standards and Measure Calculation with MITRE This is part 2 in our series on Open Clinical Standards with MITRE. Here is a link to part 1 Last week, we were fortunate to have been invited up to meet the staff at MITRE’s MITRE CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare. If you have never heard of MITRE, they are part of a consortium of Federally-Funded Research & Development Centers. Basically, MITRE serves to explore new technologies and areas for research for the US Government.
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Open Clinical Analysis There is tremendous innovation going on in the world of health analysis and health applications. From companies like ours that are using data science to learn more about patients to consumer facing apps that help manage disease or engage patients with providers. Even with all of this innovation, it can be difficult to see how all these new capabilities should knit together and communicate. There is no healthcare equivalent of the ubiquitous ACH transactions used in banking, at least not yet.
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The Trouble with Good Intentions While attending the National Quality Forum Annual Meeting this Tuesday, Farzad Mostashari MD unleashed a 29-part tweet storm that was like a quick summary of almost a decade of challenges in quality reporting. If you don’t know Dr. Mostashari, he is the former National Coordinator of Health IT and the founder of Aledade, a firm dedicated to implementing the promise of value-based care. I encourage folks to read Dr.
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How Much is That?

How much is that service? If you have ever tried to analyze healthcare claims data, you are likely looking at a flat file of several thousand claim lines each encoded to different HCPCS or ICD codes. Your goal is probably to measure some sort of cost. But what field reflects the true cost? Consider the Colorado APCD medical claims layout, it contains fields for the Charge Amount, Paid Amount, Prepaid Amount, Co-Pay amount, Coinsurance Amount, Deductible Amount.
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My Wish List for 2017 To close out the year, I am hoping on the bandwagon and putting out a listicle of just things I would like to see in 2017. This list cuts across healthcare and data science technologies. Healthcare RxClass Reversal: If you do research using medication data, you will eventually come across the amazing set of RxNorm tools which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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