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By Shelly Simeone

With the onslaught of healthcare-focused government legislation in recent years, healthcare organizations are being forced to re-evaluate and re-tool the way they deal with revenue changes. The passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2012 ushered in a changing environment of healthcare IT.

In an article published by the Dark Daily, an industry-leader in clinical laboratory and pathology news and trends, Donna Marie Pocius discusses the repercussions brought on by the ACA penalizing hospitals for excessive Medicare patient visits related to select conditions. According to Pocius, almost 2,225 hospitals were fined more than $227 million by Medicare last year. Overall, these fines offer powerful encouragement to health systems to begin mining clinical data to address and prevent these unnecessary readmissions. Data mining refers to the collection of large amounts of clinical data in order to carve out useful patterns and trends. Healthcare technology data and analytics are key in driving care-efficiency improvements, including inpatient use rates.


Proactive healthcare networks have turned to and accepted cloud-based healthcare relationship solutions, such as, to collect, organize, and dissect data across the entire healthcare operational spectrum, including lab diagnostics, clinical operations, and financial information. By utilizing the® Healthcare Relationship Cloud™, healthcare organizations can stay ahead of the ACA regulations by decreasing unnecessary patient return visits.

After implementing, healthcare organizations are able to track client and patient issues, segment data, and monitor daily metrics in real-time so they can drive action and ensure resolution. To learn more about, contact us today.


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