The largest Catholic health system in the country launched its subsidiary Agilify, which looks to replace labor-intensive, repetitive tasks with software automation for organizations across all industries.
Since online scheduling kicked off last fall, Ascension has seen about 20,000 patients every month make appointments either through the web or patient portals. About a third of those patients are new to Ascension.
Healthcare would be smart to borrow a page or two from other industries' playbooks and put a relentless focus on keeping the brand promise and delivering a fantastic experience for every consumer for every engagement.
Eighty percent of nearly 750 providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies polled said they are optimistic that the new health system-led generic-drug company will change the status quo, and 90% said they would buy drugs from it, according to a new survey.
Ascension Health will invest $50 million in three of its health systems in Michigan after previously considering selling them.
St. Louis-based Ascension continues to benefit from its investment in ancillary businesses amid expected declines in its hospital operations.
"We realize the VA Mission Act will be a new program and there will be growing pains. But we stand behind the ideals and concepts that the VA Mission Act promises our veterans," says Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni.
Ascension and Australia-based Ramsay Health Care's supply chain joint venture could help cut U.S. healthcare costs if it helps Ascension learn other countries' tab for medical products and negotiate lower prices.
Gwen MacKenzie, Ascension's market executive in Michigan will leave her role on April 30.
The largest Catholic health system in the country plans to reduce its hospital footprint and reshuffle its leadership structure as it looks to grow its billing, investment and other ancillary businesses.
Ascension is the latest hospital to hire a chief digital officer, a role that's distinct from the more purely IT-focused chief information officer.
Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health have shelved talks to create the largest hospital network in the nation.