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Healthcare systems often have been slow to use limited funding on advanced technologies. Read about innovations that have added efficiencies, improved patient outcomes and curbed costs.

Diagnosing and treating a patient in two minutes flat

Diagnosing and treating a patient in two minutes flat

As major health systems move toward adding remote primary care visits using digital and video technologies to their offerings, concern is building it could contribute to physician burnout. Oregon-based Bright.md says its online, query-based software can address those concerns.

Storefront clinics, expanded telehealth gaining ground

Storefront clinics, expanded telehealth gaining ground

Until recently, Sutter Health had only a handful of walk-in retail clinics inside Rite Aid stores to complement its dozens of urgent care centers, which cater to patients with more serious ailments. But patients said they wanted greater convenience and more options for getting care closer to home.

Plan big, start small when developing clinical task automation software

Plan big, start small when developing clinical task automation software

Focus on a single project. Win key stakeholder support. Have them be your champions. How one start-up moved successfully from pilot to system-wide rollout.

Less time in data-entry, more time with patients

Less time in data-entry, more time with patients

Scripps Health desperately needed a cost-effective way to free its 200 internal medicine and family medicine physicians from the daily deluge of prescription refill requests that robbed them of time better spent with patients.

Swooping in to automate prescription refills

Swooping in to automate prescription refills

How a beleaguered physician and a computer scientist teamed up to build automation software that effectively automated routine electronic health record-related tasks such as refilling prescriptions.

Start-ups offer clinical automation software. But do they work?

A number of start-ups are offering software for automating routine clinical tasks. The flurry of new products can overwhelm health systems looking for solutions that are cost-effective, reliable and safe, and can be easily integrated into their existing EHRs and workflow.

Rebellion over routine tasks sends systems scurrying for solutions

Rebellion over routine tasks sends systems scurrying for solutions

When doctors at Scripps Health began spending more than an hour a day refilling routine prescriptions, they made it clear to administrators something had to change—and fast.

Why automating data entry can counter physician burnout

Why automating data entry can counter physician burnout

The adoption of EHRs—originally touted as time-saving, streamlined methods to manage and share data—has levied an unintended tax on physicians' time. Can computers also be harnessed to help solve the problem?

Editorial: New approaches needed to solve hospitals' productivity woes

Later this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will issue its first report measuring hospital productivity. It won't be good news.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

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