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Today’s patients are becoming consumers who expect a convenient, personalized and intuitive experience in all aspects of their lives, including interactions with healthcare providers. Read about the innovations that engage, inform and empower patients.

CMS launches new consumer tool to compare surgery prices

CMS launches new consumer tool to compare surgery prices

The CMS has launched a new tool to make it easier for consumers to know their out-of-pocket costs for surgery.

America's Essential Hospitals gives providers new tips to discuss costs

America's Essential Hospitals gives providers new tips to discuss costs

America's Essential Hospitals, which represents safety-net facilities, unveiled an online library where providers can access tools to discuss cost of care challenges for patients.

Amazon technology deciphers text in electronic health record

Amazon technology deciphers text in electronic health record

Amazon Web Services launched a new service that pulls key information from unstructured electronic health record data, giving access to what often remains hidden in notes.

Bringing primary care to smartphones

Bringing primary care to smartphones

An AI-based platform guides patients to physicians who can treat them virtually.

Politics could drive 2019 congressional action on rural health

Politics could drive 2019 congressional action on rural health

Moves to shore up financially struggling rural hospitals could be smart politics for both parties, as well as for President Donald Trump, heading into the 2020 elections.

Leapfrog adds medication error measure to hospital patient safety grades

Leapfrog adds medication error measure to hospital patient safety grades

The bar code medication administration measure was added to the fall 2018 edition of the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade report. Hospital performance on patient safety varied, with 32% of hospitals earning an A while 37% got a C.

Medical device manufacturers need to say what's in their products

Medical device manufacturers need to say what's in their products

In a newly released draft guidance, the FDA created two tiers of devices—those that connect to other devices and networks and those that don't—and recommended all devices come with lists of their components.

Leapfrog to grade outpatient surgery, ambulatory care centers' safety

Leapfrog to grade outpatient surgery, ambulatory care centers' safety

Leapfrog Group is expanding its safety and quality performance ratings to hospital outpatient surgery departments and ambulatory care centers. Quality performance is opaque in outpatient settings, which have exploded in popularity.

Mental health stigma dissipates, but cost and coverage barriers remain

Mental health stigma dissipates, but cost and coverage barriers remain

More than half of Americans want mental health services either for themselves or for a loved one, but about three-quarters said there are access issues, especially cost or poor insurance coverage, according to a new survey.

The internet of things could pose a security risk for health systems

The internet of things could pose a security risk for health systems

Connected devices are a boon to patients but only if they're impermeable to hackers.

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