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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.

Providers ramp up preparation for drug shortages

Providers ramp up preparation for drug shortages

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists published new guidelines that outline a detailed action plan for providers preparing for drug shortages.

Hospital supply inventory management creating a cottage industry for technology

Hospital supply inventory management creating a cottage industry for technology

When hospitals and health systems improve their supply inventory management, they can free up cash, become more efficient, and boost quality.

Insurers deploy data to advance population health management

Insurers deploy data to advance population health management

Armed with comprehensive data, insurers are ramping up their efforts to control costs through population health management.

Cost containment is a top priority among health system executives

Cost containment is a top priority among health system executives

While interest in revenue growth remains high, cost structure and management were health executives' top concerns last year, according to Advisory Board's national survey.

Health systems save money using digital tools for scheduling appointments, administrative work

Health systems save money using digital tools for scheduling appointments, administrative work

Health systems are putting leading-edge digital tools to the test by applying them to mundane administrative tasks, which machines are more suited for anyway.

A year after WannaCry, healthcare organizations face mounting cyberthreats

A year after WannaCry, healthcare organizations face mounting cyberthreats

In the middle of 2017, healthcare organizations and other companies were hit with two huge ransomware attacks. The struggle for digital security continues.

New Medicare funding model for nurse training could fill gaps in care

New Medicare funding model for nurse training could fill gaps in care

Nurse practitioners provide an increasing proportion of primary care, but how Medicare pays for nurse training is based on formulas that predate the existence of most advanced practice programs.

Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire crown Gawande: Does he have the business chops?

Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire crown Gawande: Does he have the business chops?

As a thought leader with a trifecta of medical expertise, policy prowess and communication skills, Dr. Atul Gawande is seen as an ideal pick to lead the joint venture. But his other responsibilities and limited business background could stymie his impact.

Ascension ramps up automation subsidiary

Ascension ramps up automation subsidiary

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.

Medicare readmissions program not causing observation stay spike

Medicare readmissions program not causing observation stay spike

MedPAC found that a CMS program to reduce hospital readmissions didn't cause a spike in observation stays. The report is in response to research that showed hospitals would put people in observation status to avoid penalties.

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