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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.

Looping in 
home-based caregivers

Looping in 
home-based caregivers

This software, which complies with HIPAA, serves as a platform for everyone involved in a patient's care to send text messages, images, files, videos and other formats, keeping in touch when the patient is not in a medical facility. »

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FDA looks to revamp medical device approval pathway

FDA looks to revamp medical device approval pathway

The FDA wants to make substantial changes to the regulatory pathway through which most medical devices enter the U.S. market. The clearance procedure has been in place since 1976.

ECRI Institute launches site to replace shuttered National Guideline Clearinghouse

ECRI Institute launches site to replace shuttered National Guideline Clearinghouse

The ECRI Institute on Monday launched its much-anticipated online repository for clinical guidelines. Officials hope the website will replace the federal government's National Guideline Clearinghouse, which shut down in July.

Bellin Health builds primary-care teams to boost physician, patient satisfaction

Bellin Health builds primary-care teams to boost physician, patient satisfaction

A key element is adding support staff and increasing their care responsibilities to enable physicians to see more patients more efficiently.

Most hospitals fail to improve their workplaces, harming patient care

Most hospitals fail to improve their workplaces, harming patient care

Only 21% of 535 hospitals analyzed showed sizable improvements in workplace environment scores, according to a new study. Patients have suffered as a result.

Nearly half of hospices surveyed might not survive a federal audit

Nearly half of hospices surveyed might not survive a federal audit

Forty-six percent of hospices surveyed said they aren't confident that they could sustain the financial impact of a federal audit, primarily due to poor clinical documentation management.

Radiology finds clinical decision support in AI-based tool

Radiology finds clinical decision support in AI-based tool

Radiologists are overworked, interpreting new images every few seconds to keep up with increasing numbers of CT and MRI scans. As is the trend these days, some are turning to digital tools backed by artificial intelligence to help ease the pain.

Professors argue GPOs' 'pay to play' fees drive up healthcare costs

Professors argue GPOs' 'pay to play' fees drive up healthcare costs

Many health systems use group purchasing organizations to get supplies and devices. But GPOs charge manufacturers to have their products appear in catalogs and that's contributing to high healthcare costs, according to three Johns Hopkins professors.

Hospitals have an unrealized $25.4 billion supply chain opportunity

Hospitals have an unrealized $25.4 billion supply chain opportunity

Hospitals could save significant money if they standardize purchasing, analyze data that tie costs to patient outcomes and facilitate collaboration between physicians and administrators, according to a new report.

Joint Commission accreditation doesn't lead to better outcomes, study shows

Joint Commission accreditation doesn't lead to better outcomes, study shows

Hospitals that receive accreditation from organizations like the Joint Commission don't have better mortality or readmission rates than their non-accredited peers, according to a new study.

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