Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Press Ganey taps former Jefferson Health nurse as CNO

    Press Ganey named Jeffrey Doucette, DNP, RN, as its chief nursing officer. He will start April 26. 
  2. 4 CIOs on retail disruptors' efforts to improve patient access, convenience

    In the past decade, giant retailers and startups alike have tried to disrupt traditional healthcare delivery by increasing patient access and convenience, with varying levels of success.
  3. Why hospitals need strong digital front doors: 7 execs weigh in

    A hospital's digital front door is an essential part of its strategy to engage patients throughout each point of their healthcare journey using technology they have already integrated into their everyday lives.

Giving physicians the personal touch back with conversational AI

Administrative burden is one of the primary drivers of clinician frustrations and ultimately burnout. However, solutions powered by conversational artificial intelligence (AI) may help greatly reduce this stress and improve both the patient and provider experience.
  1. AI vs. machine learning vs. algorithms: Providence exec explains the differences, their healthcare applications

    Digital tools are rapidly changing the way healthcare services are delivered, but technology jargon isn't always widely and accurately understood. Algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning are imperative to digitally transforming healthcare, but the differences between these three terms can be murky to some.
  2. 7 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a West Virginia hospital entering into a settlement in a false billing case to a California university sued over its plan to build a new hospital campus, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  3. 5 recent health programs, pilots launched by payers

    From readmission reduction programs to chronic care pilots and at-home COVID-19 testing, here are five health programs payers have recently launched: 
  4. Business leaders' guide to applying internal competition

    Internal competition followed by a period of collaboration may be most effective at bringing new ideas forward, according to a study published in SSRN.

In Consultants’ Words: Why We Left the Big Firms to Join Premier

In their own words, here are three reasons consultants have opted to join Premier and supercharge its members’ improvement efforts.
  1. 3 tips to avoid mishandling employee activism

    As employee activism rises, mishandling it can be damaging for business leaders and companies. While many companies navigate how to respond, experts gave guidelines on what to avoid in a Feb. 26 article published in Harvard Business Review.
  2. Former nursing home administrator indicted on charges of falsifying records to meet staffing requirements

    A grand jury indicted the former administrator of Mount Lebanon (Pa.) Rehabilitation and Wellness Center Feb. 24 on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, healthcare fraud and obstruction of a federal audit.
  3. Tampa General rolls out price estimator tool with MyChart to help patients plan costs

    Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital launched a price estimator tool to inform patients of out-of-pocket costs for those with and without health insurance.
  4. How business leaders can think beyond the pandemic: 4 tips

    Leading a team and satisfying consumers in a crisis may be difficult, but it can provide learning opportunities, fostering growth and progress. Three CFOs from Dell, Square and Wayfair give four tips on how they're strategizing for beyond the pandemic, according to a Feb. 24 MIT Sloan article.

Cepheid: Lab-quality tests for hospitals, ER's, clinics, nursing homes, and other settings

Fast, accurate, easy: This is what Cepheid’s PCR diagnostic testing looks like.
  1. 'Trending' clinicians' notes in EHRs may help predict real-time COVID-19 surges

    Tracking "trending phrases" in EHR notes may help hospitals forecast surges in infectious disease outbreaks, according to a Feb. 24 report in Nature Digital Medicine.
  2. Carnegie Mellon teams up with Amazon, Microsoft to build clinical forecasting AI tool

    Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., developed a new machine learning tool to be used in clinical forecasting, according to a study supported by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
  3. North Dakota hospital informs 1,500 patients of data breach

    Elgin, N.D.-based Jacobson Memorial Hospital and Care Center informed 1,547 patients of a data breach in a Feb. 23 notice.
  4. Employers' changing healthcare priorities: 5 survey findings

    Less than 30 percent of employers think their well-being programs are working during the pandemic, according to a new survey from Willis Towers Watson. 
  5. BCBS claims data: Low HPV vaccination rate worsens amid pandemic

    Low vaccination rates for human papillomavirus infection fell even more during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to claims data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
  6. Cigna calls on New Jersey court to end lab's lawsuit over COVID-19 payments

    Cigna asked a New Jersey federal court to end a lawsuit filed by a radiology lab that claims the health insurer wrongfully denied payment for COVID-19 services, according to court documents and Law 360.
  7. 7 hospitals hiring chief quality officers

    Below are seven hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  8. Suicide rate fell in 2019 for first time in 13 years, CDC finds

    In 2019, 47,511 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S., reflecting a 2.1 percent decline from 2018, according to a CDC report published Feb. 26. It's the first time the suicide rate has fallen in 13 years. 
  9. US to tell states their vaccine allotments months in advance

    The federal government will soon begin giving states several months notice of their expected vaccine allotments, Politico reported Feb. 25. 

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