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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.

St. Joseph Health creating regional board for Northern California hospitals

St. Joseph Health creating regional board for Northern California hospitals

St. Joseph Health will collapse four hospital-level oversight boards into a single, regional board to oversee key decisions for its Northern California hospitals. The board is slated to take effect April 1.

Providers don high-tech specs to cut screen time, boost patient interaction

Providers don high-tech specs to cut screen time, boost patient interaction

Augmedix's remote scribing service relies on Google Glass to capture the patient-provider encounter.

Rapid rise in hospital-employed physicians increases costs

Rapid rise in hospital-employed physicians increases costs

The number of hospital-employed physicians hit about 155,000 in 2016, up 63% from 95,000 in 2012, a trend that could be eroding competitive market forces and inflating costs.

App helps clinicians cope with burnout, stress

App helps clinicians cope with burnout, stress

Life Cross Training thinks it has found a solution to burnout: Offer tools that help clinicians cope with the stresses associated with working in healthcare.

Hospitals' investment in data analytics company reaps benefits

Hospitals' investment in data analytics company reaps benefits

Health Catalyst starts with data warehousing and applies machine learning analytics to help clients improve outcomes and lower costs.

Medical supply distribution poised for e-commerce migration

Medical supply distribution poised for e-commerce migration

Cost-conscious providers will shift more distribution models to e-commerce platforms.

Software aids in employee retention

Software aids in employee retention

Arena's job applicant screening platform helps healthcare organizations improve employee retention by algorithmically analyzing applicants' responses to assessments.

Experian takes on patient ID

Experian takes on patient ID

Experian wants to fix a yearslong patient-safety problem by leveraging its expertise from the financial sector. They want to create a unique patient identifier system.

Internet-based EHRs gaining some customers but still a small segment

Internet-based EHRs gaining some customers but still a small segment

With their relatively lower cost, some hospitals are choosing to use internet, or cloud-based, electronic health record systems over local server-based systems.

Penalty program slowed Medicare readmissions, but progress has stalled

Penalty program slowed Medicare readmissions, but progress has stalled

Hospitals hit with Medicare penalties for high readmission rates initially made gains in improving care and reducing rehospitalizations. Progress has plateaued since 2013 and that has experts and providers wondering why.

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