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  1. Black Book: Top ranked EHR vendors in 9 global regions

    Allscripts and Cerner proved to be some of the more popular EHR vendors selected by providers in multiple global regions, according to a Feb. 12 report released by Black Book Research.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. The most common type of data breach in hospitals? Paper records, study suggests

    Paper and film records mark the most common location of data breaches in hospitals, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following health IT vendor contracts and go-lives were reported by Becker's Hospital Review during the past week.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Michael Dowling: Payers, providers and the long road from contention to cooperation

    The relationship between health insurance companies and providers is inherently antagonistic, with health systems, hospitals and physicians looking to get paid for all the care they deliver and payers trying to reduce payments as much as they can. The push-and-pull over reimbursement is simply the nature of the healthcare ecosystem.  By Michael J. Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health -
  2. New HHS chief backs CDC gun violence research

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar voiced support for CDC gun violence research while speaking to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Thursday, according to a Politico report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Ardent, U of Texas appoint CEO, CFO for newly formed UT Health East Texas

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Ardent Health Services and Austin-based the University of Texas System are set to acquire Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and have appointed a new leadership team.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Steward Health Care taps former Baptist Health System CEO for exec role: 5 notes

    Boston-based Steward Health Care selected Trip Pilgrim to serve as regional president of its East Division.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. 6 recent hospital, health system outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system credit rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last week, beginning with the most recent.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Sentara Healthcare CEO Howard Kern: 3 strategies that can either be failures or fixes in 2018

    It is essential for healthcare leaders to understand the differences between disruptive innovations that will influence our industry long into the future versus transient concepts that lack sustainable long-term impact to our many fundamental challenges.  By Howard Kern, President & CEO, Sentara Healthcare -
  3. Virginia nurse charged for teen's death at behavioral health center: 4 things to know

    Police charged a Virginia nurse with involuntary manslaughter over the death of a 15-year-old patient at a behavioral health center last November, reports The Washington Post.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. As part of $100M expansion Florida Hospital will invest $20M into a birthing unit

    At a time when many hospitals across the nation are closing maternity wards, Florida Hospital, as part of its larger $100 million expansion project, announced it would invest $20 million into birthing and pediatric services at its facility in Orange City, Fla., according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Ramping up telehealth, from adoption to optimization: The importance of raising patient awareness

    Although telehealth has been around for years, patients aren't always aware of the array of virtual services available to them. In short: It's up to health systems to make telehealth capabilities known.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Judge dismisses 3 counts in CHS' lawsuit against ex-Lutheran CEO

    A Tennessee judge on Feb. 14 dismissed three of the six counts brought forth in Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems' lawsuit against the former chief executive of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Lutheran Health Network, according to The Journal Gazette.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. US hospitals increasingly recruiting nurses from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico: 5 things to know

    A national nursing shortage has caused hospitals and health systems to recruit personnel from other countries. However, since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island last year, the most promising pipeline for nursing staff has come from Puerto Rico, according to CNNMoney.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. North Carolina AG demands more details on proposed UNC Health Care-Atrium merger

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein wrote a letter Feb. 15 to the chief executives of Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care and Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health demanding additional information regarding their proposed merger.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. This is why Broward Health officials say they were prepared to care for school shooting victims

    Physicians and staff at two Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health hospitals were able to care for victims of the mass shooting Feb. 14 at Parkland, Fla.-based Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in part because of previous incidents and research released on such events, according to WUSA 9.  By Alyssa Rege -
  6. Copper-coated uniforms could reduce hospital infection outbreaks

    Material scientists at The University of Manchester in the U.K. are collaborating with universities in China to develop healthcare provider uniforms brushed with copper nanoparticles that can reduce the spread of bacterial infections and viruses.  By Megan Knowles -
  7. Using antibiotics while pregnant ups risk of childhood infections

    Antibiotic use by women before or during pregnancy heightens hospitalized infections among their children, a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Physician's daughter hit with a $17k bill for urine test: 7 things to know

    A Texas woman took a urine drug test after back surgery and was hit with a $17,850 lab bill, according to a Kaiser Health News report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Severe flu season causes 10% drop in blood supplies at North Carolina blood bank

    Blood banks across the country, including those that supply blood to North Carolina hospitals, are seeing a decline in blood donations as a result of the widespread, severe flu outbreak, reports the The News & Observer.  By Alia Paavola -

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