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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.

Fragile pharmaceutical supply chain increases costs, compromises care

Fragile pharmaceutical supply chain increases costs, compromises care

The average unit price of drugs in shortage in 2016 increased 23.4%, according to a new report. One in four hospitals had to cut staff to mitigate budget pressures.

ONC adds to its interoperability standards advisory

ONC adds to its interoperability standards advisory

The ONC continually revises the interoperability standards advisory, a set of standards and specifications it encourages the industry to adopt in the quest for greater interoperability.

Prior authorization 
goes digital

Prior authorization 
goes digital

Hoping to cut out some of the inefficiencies of prior authorization, payers and providers are trying digital versions of the process.

CMS grants ACOs easier access to SNF waivers

CMS grants ACOs easier access to SNF waivers

The CMS will give Medicare ACOs that take financial risk expanded access to waivers of the three-day inpatient stay rule for coverage of skilled-nursing facility care.

Providence St. Joseph unveils $150 million venture capital fund

Providence St. Joseph unveils $150 million venture capital fund

Providence St. Joseph Health's venture capital arm is closing on a second $150 million healthcare fund. Providence Ventures plans to invest in 15 additional companies, bringing its total number of portfolio companies to 30.

Generic-drug initiative Civica Rx welcomes 12 new members

Generic-drug initiative Civica Rx welcomes 12 new members

Utah-based not-for-profit generic-drug company Civica Rx represents the frustration of the numerous hospitals that must work around persistent shortages of simple but vital drugs.

AHA data show hospitals' outpatient revenue nearing inpatient

AHA data show hospitals' outpatient revenue nearing inpatient

The American Hospital Association's 2019 Hospital Statistics report shows U.S. hospitals' outpatient revenue continues to inch closer to inpatient revenue, and profit continues to climb.

Using remote surveillance, interventions to treat sepsis patients early

Using remote surveillance, interventions to treat sepsis patients early

WellSpan Health has achieved an 85% compliance rate for CMS' sepsis treatment bundle largely because of a remote team of nurses who surveil patients' vital signs and sepsis alerts from the EHR.

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.

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.

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