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Welcome to VisualStrata’s Precision Medicine Data IQ blog. Here you’ll find content from healthcare data informatics thought leaders about curating patient data to advance the goals of precision medicine programs.

Integrating Laboratory and Clinical Data: A Framework for Improving Reimbursement of Genomic Testing

Sep 6, 2019

In 2017, there were roughly 75,000 genetic tests on the market with about ten new tests added daily.1 The rapid expansion of genomic testing, particularly next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels, has led to uncertainty about their appropriate use, interpretation, and clinical utility. Indefinite clinical utility leads to claims denials which are appealed through a lengthy...

Key Themes from the Precision Medicine Institute Symposium

May 30, 2019

Earlier this month I attended the Precision Medicine Institute Symposium 2019 in New Orleans where I had the privilege of presenting Precision Medicine Informatics: What Hospitals, Physicians, and Payers Need to Know about Challenges, Approaches, and Best Practices.

Is Your Precision Medicine Data IQ Where it Should be?

Apr 19, 2019

Digital data is being generated at an astonishing clip, especially in the healthcare space. According to a November 2018 IDC report, healthcare is the fastest-growing industry datasphere that IDC evaluated.

How Cancer Care is a Unique Use Case for Population Health

Apr 2, 2019

In her MedCity News article entitled Achieving the “Holy Grail” of population health management in cancer care, Patricia Goede, VP of Clinical Informatics at XIFIN, make the claim that the key to unlocking the value of population health in cancer care, is to gather clinical information from EHR’s, diagnostic and genomic data from labs and financial data from billing systems – the so-called “holy grail”.

Improve Reimbursement for Genomic Tests by Leveraging Real World Data

Mar 7, 2019

Since the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, genomic testing has become the fastest growing category of biomarker testing within the diagnostic laboratory industry. Many laboratory developed genomic tests use next-generation sequencing (NGS) as an approach to target numerous genomic variants with both proven and emerging evidence of clinical utility.

Raise Your Data IQ

Dec 11, 2018

Every day, billions of bits of discreet digital data is generated. A significant proportion of that data is healthcare related. According to a 2014 IDC report sponsored by EMC, healthcare data is growing at an annual rate of 48% and will reach 2,314 exabytes (one billion gigabytes) by 2020. A major challenge to unlocking the value of the data and harnessing the richness of disparate…

Clinical Lab 2.0: Data Driven Strategies that Position Labs to Compete in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

Nov 7, 2018

Summary: Clinical Lab 2.0 facilitates thought leadership efforts to identify opportunities and threats that provide insight into laboratory operations and identify value streams to drive efficiency for the laboratory, health systems and positive outcomes for patients. Clinical Lab 2.0 is all about the future of capturing new customers, partners and markets. For…

The PAMA and MACRA Relationship: The Tale of Two Policies

Aug 29, 2018

We have witnessed the impact of two Medicare (CMS) legislative mandates: Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) on the laboratory and healthcare systems and will witness the impact of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), on January 1, 2019. Both PAMA and MACRA are designed, for the most part, to manage costs through the use of health IT and…

What is MACRA? Is it Going Away?

Jul 12, 2018

Will quality reporting under MACRA change? Will it go away? Not likely. The reason: Medicare spend was 15% of total Federal spending in 2017 with payments totaling $702 billion and a projected growth in spend at 4.6% over the next ten years. With these projections the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust is expected to be depleted in 2026, three years earlier than the…

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