This week in health IT news, the Department of Veterans Affairs announces a new initiative that will use big data from the VA and other agencies in an effort to improve veteran’s healthcare. While most agencies and healthcare organizations are reaping the benefits of healthcare data, some groups remain skeptical about how much it is truly helping to bridge the gaps in quality of care. According to David Kendrick, MD, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine, integrating healthcare data must occur in order for the benefits to be fully realized, and The American Association of Family Physicians believes the future of healthcare data lies within visualization technologies. Continue reading this week’s roundup for the latest in health IT news.
Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Energy Partner on Big Data Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a new initiative using big data and from the VA and other federal resources to improve Veterans healthcare, including suicide prevention, and advanced detection for cancer and heart disease. The effort, called the VA-DOE Big Data Science Initiative, will look at patients with the highest risk for diseases and prevention efforts for them. Continue reading to find out more.
A Value –Based Pay Model Means a Data Revolution Must Occur
In order to fully transition to a value-based pay model, the potential of healthcare data must be fully realized. In order for this to happen there are a few things that healthcare payers still need to do. At the top of the list is data integration. David Kendrick, MD, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine believes it’s critical that “standardized, replicable, validated, timely, as well as actionable” measures are put in place to make the most of healthcare data. Read the full article here.
Data Challenges Discussed at this Year’s Health Datapalooza
At this year’s Health Datapalooza, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, met with industry leaders to talk about how to make “health IT work for clinicians.” Price shared that “technology should make the capture and the sharing of data easier for clinicians not more challenging.” He said the administration is “fully committed to fulfilling the promise of health data and IT,” calling the evolution of health IT and medical records “vitally important.” Read the full article here.
Data Visualization Technology: The Future of Health IT
While most clinicians believe that advances in technology have helped healthcare professionals provide better patient care, some are still on the fence about how positive the changes have been. The American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes the technology available today does not adequately support the health of Americans, but by next year that may change. The group says in one year data visualization technologies will be central to care decisions, software will be capable of integrating patient-generated health data into EHRs, and new tools will emerge to better enable doctor-patient communications. Continue reading to find out more.
You can learn more about how NetApp is helping healthcare organizations deliver better patient outcomes using innovative data management solutions here.