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Taking The Risk out of Risk Adjustment, Part One

Post by Bob Rogers

What Data Science Can Teach Us About HCC Coding

I recently presented the data science of HCC risk adjustment coding to a very engaged audience of risk adjustment professionals at the Opal Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The room was packed with individuals who are responsible for risk adjustment in both payer and provider organizations. 

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Imagineering Better Healthcare

Posted by Bob Rogers

Hi, it's your resident chief scientist, Bob. I have a short story I'd like to share with you about a client of ours.

Among Apixio’s clients are a number of ACOs.  Recently, I had the opportunity to have lunch with two key members of a local ACO:* The Head Case Manager, Sandi, and Head Care Manager, Anna.  Sandi and Anna are charged with the challenging task of coordinating care for the 25,000 patients in the organization’s combined public and private ACO populations.

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Intel Blog: Why is Big Data a Big Deal for Healthcare?

Posted by Bob Rogers

Leading up to their Healthcare Innovation Summit webcasts, Intel asked industry leaders to share some of their thoughts on the future of healthcare technology. As part of this blog series, they asked me to contribute on the topic of Big Data. You can read my guest entry on their blog, or right here:

As a healthcare technology leader, you ask, “Isn’t my data warehouse already Big Data?”

I hear this question frequently as Chief Scientist at a startup specializing in Big Data Analytics for 

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Dr. Apixio and the Case of the Missing Spleen

Posted by Bob Rogers 

“This is the anniversary of my football injury, almost 30 years ago.”

“Oh really?” I asked. “What happened?” My friend, Steve, went on to describe how, as a freshman football player, he was blindsided by an upperclassman and ended up in the hospital with a ruptured spleen.

“So you had a splenectomy?” I inferred. “Have you had your pneumovax?” Like many splenectomy patients, Steve had never heard of the pneumococcus vaccine, or pneumovax, which is required for all patients who have lost their spleen to avoid potentially lethal sepsis.

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Gigaom.com recognizes Apixio's use of Hadoop in the Healthcare industry

By Ben Foroodian

In a great article posted today on Gigaom.com titled “10 ways companies are using Hadoop to do more than serve ads”, Apixio Inc.’s use of this platform has been mentioned under the topic of Health Care.

“Health care. I suspect there are many ways Hadoop can benefit health care practitioners, but one of them goes back to its search roots. Last year, I profiled Apixio, which uses Hadoop to power its service that leverages semantic analysis to provide doctors, nurses and others more-relevant answers to their questions about patients’ health.”
Derrick Harris – June 5, 2012 Link to article

Hadoop enables Apixio's CKX (Clinical Knowledge Exchange) platform to simultaneously index, metatag and mine the complete longitudinal charts of patients and then serve up, in real time, the knowledge that is most relevant to care quality, patient outcomes and reimbursement. Hadoop's highly elastic, parallel processing environment is ideal for running Apixio's Big Data algorithms to deliver results that are unique in healthcare.

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Efficient Data Access = Greater Patient Care Access

Posted by Darren Schulte 

I had a great opportunity yesterday afternoon to spend some time with a clinician - we’ll call him Dr. Jones, not his real name - who practices in a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Bay Area.   We were in the clinic to review with Dr. Jones the Apixio application integrated within his EHR to provide easy access to and intelligent retrieval of his patient’s longitudinal clinical history, both discrete and textual data, from across the affiliated Planned Parenthood clinics in the Bay Area.  In addition, we wanted to get a glimpse of his workflow using the EHR as it is configured.   About 18 months ago, his clinic implemented an EHR, initially transitioning over paper records for patients who are seen for their reproductive health needs...

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From Trenches of Healthcare Reform

Posted by Steve Roberts

Can the creation of a longitudinal patient record from multiple sources of clinical information facilitate better care coordination between physicians, improve outcomes and reduce wasteful duplication of services? Based on Apixio's ability to deliver information from discrete data plus that which is found in narrative text, documents and images to the appropriate provider, we believe all three of these goals can be achieved.

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Apixio's approach to Linked data vs Google's Knowledge Graph

Posted by Vishnu Vyas

The linked data (http://linkeddata.org/) movement got a huge shot in the arm with Google anouncing their “knowledge graph” - ( http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/introducing-knowledge-graph-things-not.html ).

Ever since Apixio’s inception, understanding clinical concepts and how they relate with one another has been a primary focus for us.  We have been building our own knowledge graph and unlike traditional knowledge graphs where the linked data heavily leverages structured data from multiple sources - our knowledge graph is automatically constructed by looking for patterns of use across millions of clinical documents.

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Allscripts Western Regional Users Group (AWRUG)

Posted by Steve Roberts 

Just returned from the Allscripts Western Regional Users Group (AWRUG), where over 150 people, representing 30-plus healthcare organizations, collaborated over a 3 day period in Los Angeles. Great networking and collaboration with Enterprise EHR clients around healthcare topics including Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and population health. Apixio's CMO Dr. Darren Schulte's presentation surmised that quality and financial objectives cannot be achieved when 60% or more of key clinical information stored as narrative text and documents are virtually hidden from analytic tools. The Clinical Knowledge Exchange (CKX) reveals this data to make it meaningful and actionable.