A Data-Powered Approach to Health and Human Services

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 8.57.58 AM copyFor several years, HHS leaders have recognized the value of sharing data among state and local agencies and departments to improve overall case management. “No single area of innovation promises as much public value as the rapidly evolving areas that allow government officials to utilize data across agency and IT silos,” says Stephen Goldsmith, former deputy mayor of New York and mayor of Indianapolis, now a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Predictive Analytics and Medicaid Program Integrity

optum pi_FotorPublic benefits programs such as Medicaid are multidimensional, complex and continuously evolving. Because of concerns about program size, growth, diversity and adequacy of fiscal oversight, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) first designated Medicaid at high risk for fraud, waste and abuse in 2003, and it remains a high-risk program 12 years later. In fiscal year 2014, Medicaid distributed $508 billion, of which state governments shouldered $204 billion. With an overall improper payment rate of 6.7 percent, Medicaid lost more than $34 billion — and states bore the burden for about half that amount.

10 Criteria for Selecting a Medical Imaging Repository

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 12.58.51 PM copyBy deploying a large-scale longitudinal repository of clinical imaging data, hospital groups, regional healthcare information organizations, or even national healthcare systems can build a foundation for accessing the complete electronic medical imaging record, an investment that allows a single point of integration to image-enable an existing EHR application or physician web portal.

Healthcare’s “New Normal” and the impact on radiology

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.50.51 AM copyU.S. healthcare reform legislation is leading to a “new normal” in healthcare. The emergence of EHRs (electronic health records), HIEs (health information exchanges) and ACOs (accountable care organizations) emphasizes the importance of care coordination across a patient population by facilitating access to patient data across multiple healthcare providers and facilities.

Reducing pediatric radiation dose by nearly 60 percent

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 10_FotorLocated in Kansas City, Missouri, the state-of-theart 335-bed facility recently purchased a DX-G CR solution that allows it to reduce radiation dose by 57% compared to its previous CR system. The hospital’s 600-plus pediatricians and researchers are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education. In addition to its primary facility, Children’s Mercy serves the community and the greater Midwest with outpatient facilities and outreach clinics throughout the city, county and surrounding communities.