Modern Healthcare Staff
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As Lucile Packard Children's Hospital celebrates its 25th anniversary Friday, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based medical center is looking to a future where it focuses on primary care as much as specialty conditions.
Health systems and hospitals that are taking financial risk for keeping people healthy aren't the only ones that want access to patient-generated data. Drug and biotech firms know patient-reported information can help get their products to market faster and assess how they perform in the real world.
Clinical trial recruitment has long been one of the most challenging areas of drug development, and finding patients for these trials has become only more complex as the medical field gains a greater understanding of cancer pathways and genomics.
More than a third of California's residents now have Medicaid, and as the state looks to expand its Medicaid program even further, the rising number of patients in the program is having a complicated effect on hospital finances.
California is moving to become the first state to allow unauthorized immigrants to purchase insurance through the state exchange. The state Assembly has voted to open up Covered California to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who want to purchase a health plan with their own funds.