Data Analytics

Hospitals and health systems use current and past data sets to find trends, draw conclusions and identify the potential for improvement outcomes in patients and populations, and to support business decision-making. In patient care, data analytics can show areas  that need improvement, and bottlenecks to faster and more accurate diagnoses. On the business side, health system data can be leveraged to lower costs, maximize revenue, streamline and improve operations. Data is increasingly be used to look at the larger picture of population health to identify traits that can flag patients that may need additional resources to prevent readmissions. It can also help identify patients at high risk for some diseases that can be contacted about additional screenings for improved preventative care.

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The ranking, courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, was designed to educate and inform consumers and policymakers on what’s happening in their communities.

Thirteen healthcare companies have reached $1 billion in valuation this year, an especially notable achievement as the U.S. economy approaches a recession and investors pull back.

 

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After overnight disruptions in 2020, healthcare providers returned to a new normal in 2021 that allowed for compensation gains.

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The average was true for both inpatient and outpatient services, but prices varied widely by state.

For many years, the underlying cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been unknown.

The new company, Accrete Health Partners, will act as an investment arm in the company’s digital health services interests and partnerships.

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An investigation from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding prior authorization requirements in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans revealed concerns about access to care.

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“We show for the first time that symptom data can be informative in predicting subsequent regional trends in hospital admissions due to COVID-19," one researcher said. 

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Deep neural networks are capable of tying oncological findings from genetic testing with those from medical imaging and biopsy analysis to not only validate previously discovered connections among and between the three fields but also uncover new ones.  

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A company offering healthcare and wellness services to its clients’ employees is partnering with a neighboring company specialized in predictive data analytics to blunt the impact of COVID-19 on those same employees.

Money

The venture fund arm of Google parent company Alphabet led a $100 million funding round into for clinical data analytics company Verana Health.

CLEW, a Netanya, Israel-based healthcare technology company, announced that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding.

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An analysis of CMS data has shown radiology had little to do with increases in Medicare costs over a 10-year period ending in 2019.

Radiologists across Europe have been finding AI algorithms useful for improving efficiency at some tasks—yet, overall, few have received AI-attributable workload relief.

PET/CT imaging in these patients increases overall survival depending on the cancer’s stage, with those diagnosed with stage 3A and 3B NSCLC appearing to benefit the most from the exam.