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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.

Integrating security officers into the clinical team to prevent violence

Integrating security officers into the clinical team to prevent violence

St. Louis-based SSM Health implemented an initiative that encourages security officers to be a more active part of the care team in order to spot potentially violent incidents with patients before they escalate.  »

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HHS using blockchain to streamline contract procurement

HHS using blockchain to streamline contract procurement

The tool HHS Accelerate leverages blockchain technology to streamline the process the federal agency uses to procure products and services from private vendors.

Will blockchain save the healthcare system?

Will blockchain save the healthcare system?

Insurers are among the first to use blockchain technology in healthcare, and they are only going to expand its use.

Lack of robust data analysis impedes care improvement efforts

Lack of robust data analysis impedes care improvement efforts

Even though 91% of surgical and medical specialists believe that increasing physician access to cost data would improve care, only 40% said that their health systems are making the effort, according to new research.

Senate panel hears pitch on physician-dispensed generics

Senate panel hears pitch on physician-dispensed generics

A Senate panel focused on bringing down healthcare costs hears a different pitch on drug pricing: swap insurers for wholesalers.

More than half of health systems aren't prepared for their CEO to leave

More than half of health systems aren't prepared for their CEO to leave

More than half of hospital and health system executives polled would not have a chief executive lined up if their CEO suddenly left, according to a new survey. Nearly a third lack a succession plan entirely.

Sutter Health hires its first chief population health officer

Sutter Health hires its first chief population health officer

Dr. Christopher Stanley's hiring as Sutter Health's first chief population health officer comes as the system focuses on managing population health.

Colo. governor joins other Democrats in targeting healthcare costs

Colo. governor joins other Democrats in targeting healthcare costs

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is the latest Democratic governor to lay out an ambitious agenda to make healthcare more affordable to consumers, creating the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care.

WellCare to help Kentucky Medicaid members meet work requirement

WellCare to help Kentucky Medicaid members meet work requirement

State Medicaid work requirements put pressure on health insurers to help their members find jobs or community service gigs. WellCare Health Plans is launching a program in Kentucky to keep beneficiaries from losing their benefits.

Government shutdown could make hospitals wait longer for new generic drugs

Government shutdown could make hospitals wait longer for new generic drugs

The FDA is no longer accepting new generic-drug applications because of the government shutdown, which could prevent hospitals for scoring cheaper, generic alternatives.

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