Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 'More technology is not better': Where CommonSpirit's CIO is focused next

    Daniel Barchi, senior executive vice president and CIO of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, sees digital technology transforming healthcare. But not necessarily through more applications and IT spend.
  2. Mass General Brigham to integrate triage AI across system

    Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham has partnered with to develop and deploy AI-enabled diagnostic products.
  3. HHS warns of remote patient monitoring scam

    HHS is warning Americans to be on the lookout for a remote patient monitoring scam.

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  1. A new treatment for 'widow-maker' heart attacks

    Researchers at the NCH Rooney Heart Institute in Naples, Fla., are leaning on a new therapeutic treatment for "widow-maker" heart attacks: supersaturated oxygen therapy.
  2. Which primary care providers use EHRs the least?

    Primary care providers who practice at community health centers spend less time in EHRs than counterparts who work elsewhere, a study in JAMA Network Open found.
  3. Hospitals turn toward 'digital twins'

    Health systems in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have turned to electronic models, or "digital twins," that allow clinicians to test the treatment on patients before enacting them at the bedside.
  4. States with the most rural hospital closures

    Since 2005, 104 rural hospitals have closed and more than 600 additional rural hospitals — 30% of all rural hospitals in the U.S. — are at risk of closing in the near future, according to the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. 

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  1. Cerner in the last 30 days

    Oracle Cerner, the nation's second-largest EHR company by acute hospital share, had a busy past month signing hospitals and working on government contracts. Here are nine times Becker's reported on the vendor in the last 30 days.
  2. UK reports 1st human case of new swine flu strain

    Health officials in the U.K. have confirmed the country's first human case of a new swine flu variant typically found in pigs. 
  3. California hospital resumes ambulance traffic 8 days after cyberattack

    Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., has reinstated its EHR platform and resumed ambulance admissions after being hit by a cyberattack Nov. 9 that forced its systems offline, KPBS reported Nov. 27. 
  4. Oracle, Google, Microsoft look to disrupt organ donation

    Tech companies such as Oracle, Google and Microsoft are looking toward a potential new disruption in healthcare: organ donation, Bloomberg reported Nov. 27.

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  1. WHO names BA.2.86 variant of interest as it triples in spread

    COVID-19 omicron strain BA.2.86 is now a variant of interest after nearly tripling in prevalence. 
  2. Arkansas hospital names new CFO

    Magnolia (Ark.) Regional Medical Center named Willam Van Noy its new CFO.
  3. Matching gender of surgeon, patient does not affect outcomes: Study

    A recent University of California Los Angeles study found patient-surgeon "gender concordance" does not affect patient outcomes.
  4. 3 health systems tapping Optum for RCM

    Becker's reported on three health systems that have opted to outsource revenue cycle management functions to Optum in 2023: 
  5. UNM Hospitals to acquire Sandoval Regional Jan. 1

    Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., on Jan. 1 will join UNM Hospitals and change its name to University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center-A Campus of UNM Hospital. 
  6. Hospital margins hold steady in October

    Hospitals' median operating margin was 1.2% through October, marking the third straight month with the same year-to-date median and signaling growing stability. 
  7. Healthier outcomes: Keeping patients at the center of care

    Early in my career, I treated a young patient with uncontrollable asthma. Instead of being in school or playing sports with his friends and classmates, he was often in the hospital. My only goal was for this patient to get his asthma under control so he could live the life he and his parents imagined. Thankfully, a chance run-in fifteen years later confirmed that we were successful. All those years after the last time I saw the patient in the clinic, I saw him in the bleachers at a high school football game. He shared with me about his job and all that he’d gone on to accomplish in his life. 
  8. Nurse practitioner pleads guilty in $7.8M fraud scheme

    A Virginia-based nurse practitioner pleaded guilty for her role in a $7.8 million telemedicine fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary durable medical equipment.
  9. Dartmouth Health says it will not conduct more layoffs

    After laying off 75 workers and eliminating 100 job vacancies in June, Dartmouth Health confirmed through a spokesperson that the health system has "currently no plans for additional layoffs to improve our financial performance," Valley News reported Nov. 27.

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