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University of Iowa Health Care to shutter Sigourney clinic

University of Iowa Health Care, based in Iowa City, plans to close its clinic in Sigourney, Iowa, effective July 27, according to The Gazette.  By Kelly Gooch -

Lurie Children's: Lollapalooza causes 3-fold spike in ER visits

Chicago-based Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital is prepping itself for the worst emergency room weekend of the year — Lollapalooza.  By Emily Rappleye -

How do trauma center patient volumes influence outcomes?

Researches from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that in trauma centers, changes in patient volumes can affect the probability of injured patients living or dying. By Erin Dietsche -

High demand for dental care strains many health clinics: 4 things to know

Last month, HHS awarded $156 million to 420 health clinics around the U.S. to help address the overwhelmingly high demand for affordable dental coverage, according to Kaiser Health News. By Tamara Rosin -

Pharma companies test new ways to attract patients to clinical trials

Clinical trials are critical to the introduction of new drugs, but their success depends on the companies' ability to get enough patients to volunteer. Recently, drug companies have engaged in innovative techniques to recruit patients to participate, according to The Wall Street Journal. By Tamara Rosin -

Banner-UMC Tucson diverts new trauma patients after electrical problem

Southern Arizona's sole Level I trauma center was in trouble July 14 when smoke started coming from an electrical panel in the basement, according to Tucson.com. By Erin Dietsche -

Lancaster General postpones surgeries, ER care due to broken A/C system

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital was forced to postpone surgical procedures and send emergency cases elsewhere following an air conditioning malfunction, according to a LancasterOnline report.  By Kelly Gooch -

EHRs, Interoperability & Workflow

Electronic Health Records (EHRs), interoperability and workflow – these three topics are generating a lot of discussion at hospitals and health systems across the United States.  By Staff -

Idaho Medicaid patients have a new, Uber-like way to get to the hospital: 6 things to know

Due to a contract change, the nearly 300,000 Idahoans on Medicaid have a new company, Veyo, to rely on for their transportation to the hospital — but relations with the company are off to a slow start, according to the Idaho Statesman. By Erin Dietsche -

San Diego hospital uses Harry Potter-like tech tool to keep an eye on patients

Sharp Chula Vista (Calif.) MedicalCenter is using a technique to track patients that's right out of a Harry Potter novel, according to KGTV San Diego news reports.  By Alyssa Rege -

Colorado Springs Health Partners adds online check-in to urgent care locations

On Wednesday, Colorado Springs (Colo.) Health Partners announced all three of the system's urgent care locations now offer online check-in to allow patients to circumvent lengthy wait times in the waiting room. By Brian Zimmerman -

Salem VA Medical Center reports significantly reduced wait times

Salem (Va.) VA Medical Center has been working hard to advance veterans' healthcare access and cut down its patient wait times, according to WDBJ7.com. By Erin Dietsche -

Pokemon Go players crowd hospital campuses, raising safety concerns

As "Pokemon Go" grows in popularity, hospitals across the country are pleading with gamers to not crowd their campuses in the name of hunting fictional characters.  By Heather Punke -

Does a higher local alcohol tax mean fewer ER visits?

The factors that influence visits to the emergency department are not only greatly varied in a given area, but change depending on time of year, region and a myriad other contributing forces. However, sometimes isolating one of these measures to try to better understand how it affects overall rates of ER visitation can produce interesting results. In a British study recently published in the BMJ Injury Prevention, researchers looked at how alcohol prices in England and Wales may have affected ER visits across 100 hospitals in the U.K. By Max Green -

Deaths increase 7 months after SD hospital's ER closed

Since Rosebud, S.D.-based Indian Health Service hospital's emergency department closed last December, nine individuals have died in the backs of ambulances, according to the Argus Leader. By Erin Dietsche -

Improving hospital efficiency through data driven analytics

How do you run an efficient, safe and sustainable hospital? To start, you must understand how to turn real-time data into information for planning, analysis and performance management.  By Staff -

ED use in the 5 largest states: 4 key findings

There were roughly 131 million emergency department visits in the U.S. in 2012, and the five most populous states — California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas — represented 36 percent of those visits. By Heather Punke -

OIG investigation finds Houston VA facilities faked patient appointment data

An anonymous complaint spurred an investigation that found employees of Houston-area Department of Veterans Affairs facilities doctored scheduling data to understate patient wait times, according to The Houston Chronicle. By Max Green -

In Iowa, mental health patients left stranded in hospitals for months

Many Iowans with mental illnesses have found themselves marooned in hospitals for months after they were cleared by physicians to be released, costing hospitals millions, according to the Des Moines Register. By Tamara Rosin -

Access to care: A cornerstone of healthcare

Access to timely care – and the right level of care – is a cornerstone of healthcare.  Not only is a patients access to care critical – sometimes life or death, but the quality of care received throughout the patients length of stay is just as important.    By Staff -

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