Berwick: Meaningful Use still in its adolescence

The use of analytics in healthcare has potential, former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. told HealthLeaders Media in a recent interview. According to Berwick, CMS trials with analytics adoption at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory showed success with regard to the use of predictive analytics for fraud prevention. Predictive analytics, he said, allows officials to "take the data and turn loose the ability to go through it looking for weird patterns." Berwick also commented on current Meaningful Use efforts, saying that the initiative is still in its adolescence. "We're just barely in phase 1," he said. "The concept of meaningful Use is going to grow. What doctor in the end would not want access, if it were technically available, to the answer to the question, 'Who does the best at this?' or 'What does Mayo think?' or 'Where's the best science?'" Interview

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