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Innovations: Testing a digital pillbox to improve medication compliance

Innovations: Testing a digital pillbox to improve medication compliance

By Darius Tahir  |  May 16, 2015

Startup company TowerView Health aims to make it easier for patients to manage their medication regimens. The company has developed software and hardware that reminds patients and their clinicians about medication schedules, and warns them when a patient is falling off track.

Bugs may hold secret to better hearing aids

Bugs may hold secret to better hearing aids

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

They don't really want to put a bug in your ear, just help you hear like one. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, say insects' sophisticated way of processing sound could help refine hearing aids.

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

By Joseph Conn  |  May 02, 2015

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System was one of the first U.S. systems to begin managing patients with chronic conditions using tech giant Apple's new HealthKit data-sharing platform in conjunction with the Apple watch and iPhone.

Q&A: Insurers don't want to share savings from reduced utilization

Q&A: Insurers don't want to share savings from reduced utilization

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 28, 2015

Modern Healthcare recently spoke with Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, about accountable care, tensions with insurers over starting a health insurance arm, and Memorial Hermann's shift to outpatient care.

MedStar looks for 'Starbucks seal of approval' when picking outpatient sites

MedStar looks for 'Starbucks seal of approval' when picking outpatient sites

By Andis Robeznieks  |  March 14, 2015

More healthcare organizations are establishing outpatient sites at converted retail spaces. Such renovations often take half as long as building from scratch and cost half as much, including site selection costs, zoning approvals and parking lot construction for a greenfield site.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's NYDoctorProfile.com website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Innovations: Kaiser tests video visits to cut waits

Innovations: Kaiser tests video visits to cut waits

By Darius Tahir  |  February 21, 2015

Kaiser Permanente leaders in the system's mid-Atlantic region were frustrated by long patient wait times in their clinical decision units that handled urgent and short-term observation care.

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