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7 Big Data Solutions Try To Reshape Healthcare

Big data medicine is still largely unproven, but that's not stopping several medical centers and analytics vendors from jumping in with both feet.
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Humedica offers a cloud-based population-wide analytics system. It connects patient information across varied medical settings -- ambulatory and inpatient -- and time periods to generate a longitudinal view of patient care. The company has data on close to 25 million patients in more than 30 states, which allows individual clients to compare their performance against a very large population.

The company's service integrates, normalizes and validates clinical data from across the continuum of care to include not only medications, lab results, vital signs, demographics, hospitalizations and outpatient visits, but also physician notes and lab results, taking advantage of both structured and unstructured data. Its client base draws from four categories: integrated delivery networks (IDN), large academic medical centers, multi-hospital health systems and large multi-practice medical groups.

A case in point: Mid Hudson Medical Group's patient-centered medical home has been using Humedica's MinedShare analytics service to measure its patient population and compare its services against industry best practices.

For instance, the 125-physician practice was able to extract data on its diabetic patients to determine which patients had a HgA1c reading above 7% on their last visit -- an indication of less-than-optimal blood glucose control -- and who had not been seen by a physician in 12 months. With that ammunition in hand, the medical home reached out to these at-risk patients and were able to see about one-third of them at least once within the first eight months of the program. In this group, one-third achieved an HgA1c under 8% and 60% of those with an HgA1c over 9% are being intensively managed through frequent visits with their primary care physician.

As further evidence that Mid Hudson is seeing a return on its investment in the clinical metrics provided by Humedica MinedShare, the provider has now achieved level 3 recognition by the National Committee on Quality (NCQA).


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User Rank: Apprentice
6/20/2014 | 2:25:37 PM
Amazing Data Solution Company
This is definitely a unique somewhat new technoloy, however, it is very important that we learn how effective and accurate the information is. I have been reading about the technology and researching fo the past five months. One new company, I find to be intersting is Due North Analytics.

They are a start up but seem to have an advantage. They provide cutting edge analytics for healthcare institutions. They totally understand the importance of Big Data for the industry. They started their company knowing they could help Healthcare institutions do three things. 

1 Predict potential rates, so they can predict the fluctuation of symptoms and plan accordingly with staffing, equipment and insurance rates. 2. Predict patient trends so that they can understand what diseases the patients may be vulnerable to in the future. 3. Determine the effectiveness of medication. Knowing what is working and not working could save patients, hospitals, and insurance companies a lot of money. Check out their website I know you will be impressed with their capabilities.

User Rank: Apprentice
1/3/2013 | 3:50:55 PM
re: 7 Big Data Solutions Try To Reshape Healthcare
During my interviews with Big Data vendors and medical centers, I did see some tangible results, but in some cases they were improvements in "intermediate endpoints," as medical researchers like to phrase it.

Improvements in blood glucose or serum cholesterol levels in patients whose data has been crunched is worthwhile, but it's not the same as documented evidence that the analysis reduced cardiac deaths or limb amputations. Those are the real endpoints we need to reach.
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