Where healthcare challenges find solutions
Project Japan 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.
Hospitals hit with Medicare penalties for high readmission rates initially made gains in improving care and reducing rehospitalizations. Progress has plateaued since 2013 and that has experts and providers wondering why. »
Rising healthcare costs have shifted responsibility to clinicians to help hospitals stay within tight budgets.
David Silverstein's frustrations trying to understand the hospital charges for his daughter's sports injuries drove him to consider going to court.
Tech startup iVinci Health didn't set out to help patients understand bills coming from St. Luke's Health System. It set out to help St. Luke's understand what bills were likely to get paid by patients.
With more patients being pushed into high deductible plans, hospitals are increasingly dependent on collecting bills. They're also confronting a patient population, schooled in electronic consumerism, that is no longer willing to put with confusing bills.
With telehealth now a permanent feature of the primary-care landscape, the largest firms in the space are targeting hospital systems for growth.
As major health systems move toward adding remote primary care visits using digital and video technologies to their offerings, concern is building it could contribute to physician burnout. Oregon-based Bright.md says its online, query-based software can address those concerns.
Until recently, Sutter Health had only a handful of walk-in retail clinics inside Rite Aid stores to complement its dozens of urgent care centers, which cater to patients with more serious ailments. But patients said they wanted greater convenience and more options for getting care closer to home.
Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.
Later this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will issue its first report measuring hospital productivity. It won't be good news.
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