An evaluation of 10 hospital systems that were awarded funding by CMS quantified millions in cost savings by integrating technology and data analytics.
Here are the case study highlights from Fierce Healthcare:
A Modern Healthcare report is out for your long read of the week, covering how innovators are driving improvements in everything from operational efficiency, to quality, safety and outcomes of care, to patient relationships.
Quickly skim over the value sections (yes, it’s The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care, but you likely already knew all that…) and dive into “The Promise of Big Data,” where things get much more interesting: “When [Kathy Halamka] was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the end of 2011, she and her husband—who happens to be Beth Israel Deaconess’ John Halamka—turned to data to come up with a treatment plan, which included a reduced chemotherapy regimen. Using the Shared Health Research Information Network search tool, her providers went through 6.1 million records to look at similar patients’ outcomes from various treatments and choose the one that would best serve her. Nine months after Halamka’s diagnosis, she was cancer-free.”
Despite a very famous success story, immunotherapy drugs are not a miracle cure for all patients.
This Stat article seems to be popping up all over newsletters and social feeds lately. A recent study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research of 155 cases studied, eight patients who had been fairly stable before immunotherapy treatment declined rapidly, failing the therapy within two months. Six saw their tumors enter a hyperactive phase where the tumors grew by between 53 percent and 258 percent. While genomic testing appears to help identify some characteristics in patients who experience hyperprogession in their tumors, limited data available across more patient demographics and cancer types means there are more questions than answers right now.
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, gets right to the point in this short essay about trying to make sense of the overly-complicated documentation of care.
“Selling care by the bundle, and keeping the complexity of care behind the curtain for the end user—the way we do with other highly complex products purchased every day in the U.S.—would go a long way to simplify health for everyone.”