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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.

Apple Watch app helps doctors save time on administrative work

Apple Watch app helps doctors save time on administrative work

An Apple Watch-based app captures patient-provider interactions and recommends billing codes. For some doctors, it shaves more than an hour of administrative work off their day. »

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One-on-one EHR training improves physician satisfaction, saves time

One-on-one EHR training improves physician satisfaction, saves time

UC Davis Health in February launched the Physician Efficiency Program, which provides hands-on training to doctors to improve their understanding and experience with the system's electronic health record.

Health systems' scale not linked to higher revenue

Health systems' scale not linked to higher revenue

Two-thirds of the health systems analyzed in a new report saw operating income fall as revenue reduction outpaced cost-cutting. The largest for-profit systems experienced the steepest declines.

ANA, Sodexo pilot healthy food for nurses at Medical University of South Carolina

ANA, Sodexo pilot healthy food for nurses at Medical University of South Carolina

The American Nurses Association has partnered with hospitality company Sodexo and the Medical University of South Carolina to provide healthier food options to nurses. A recent ANA survey found only 16% of nurses eat the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables.

Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others have a long road ahead in healthcare

Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others have a long road ahead in healthcare

Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Salesforce came together to pledge for greater interoperability in healthcare. To achieve it, they'll have to simultaneously move against and with the grain of the healthcare industry.

Staff survey on culture improves patient safety at LifePoint Health

Staff survey on culture improves patient safety at LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health surveys its staff every 18 months to gauge safety culture in their units. Leaders say the surveys ensure staff are engaged in patient safety improvement efforts.

If a tool offers cost data on tests, will doctors pay attention?

If a tool offers cost data on tests, will doctors pay attention?

Giving providers cost and risk information at the point of care might lead to fewer unnecessary tests and lower costs.

Providing virtual care from the other side of the globe

Providing virtual care from the other side of the globe

Virtual ICU care can improve access and boost quality for both patients and providers. It can also strengthen patient retention, especially in rural facilities.

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.

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