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  1. The universal rule on how much time hospitals should spend on quality in board meetings

    Board engagement is crucial for healthcare organizations seeking to create cultures of safety and quality. However, many boards are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with quality oversight and instead focus on other aspects of health system performance, like financial metrics.
  2. Fitch Solutions: US economic burden of chronic disease 'unparalleled'

    Chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and arthritis will continue to fuel "unparalleled" headwinds to U.S. economic growth, according to a Fitch Solutions analysis.
  3. Rural safety-net hospitals seeing ED use increase faster than cities, report suggests

    Emergency department visits are growing at a faster pace in rural areas than in urban settings, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.

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  1. Intuit CIO shares strategies for successful AI integration

    As automation and robotics continue to simplify critical processes and take over menial tasks across industries, it may be tempting to integrate artificial intelligence into every aspect of a business. But companies should resist that urge, according to Intuit CIO Atticus Tysen.
  2. 4 notable strikes this year

    Here are four notable labor strikes reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far this year:
  3. Health iPass, athenahealth partner on patient collections

    Health iPass, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based medical billing service, has partnered with athenahealth to streamline patient payment options, according to a press release.
  4. Genomic data is now searchable on the Google cloud

    Genomenon, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based genomics startup, has partnered with Google to integrate its searchable genomic mutation data into the Google Cloud Platform, according to a news release.

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  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine selects chief marketing and communications officer: 5 notes

    Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine has named Suzanne Sawyer senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, effective June 24.
  2. After strike, U of California workers urge guest speakers to boycott school events

    The University of California’s largest employee union is calling for a boycott of school speaking engagements, according to AFSCME Local 3299.
  3. $32M Pennsylvania hospital upgrade delayed after UPMC ends affiliation

    Uniontown (Pa.) Hospital is delaying a $32 million campus upgrade after Pittsburgh-based UPMC ended its clinical affiliation with the facility, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  4. West Virginia University Health System to add nonprofit Jackson General by year's end

    Ripley, W. Va.-based Jackson General Hospital is set to be the fifth hospital to join the West Virginia University Health System in two years, according to

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  1. Ocular telemedicine company sues Indiana over prohibition of at-home vision tests

    Visibly, an eye care telemedicine company, filed a lawsuit last week against Indiana agencies that enforce the statewide ban on ocular telemedicine, Indy Star reports.
  2. Hackers may turn patient PHI into malware in medical image files

    Hackers could disguise malware as patient protected health information in MRI and CT scan images saved in the digital imaging and communications in medicine file format, Bleeping Computer reports.
  3. Ochsner to offer patients physical exam device for telehealth appointments

    New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System partnered with Tyto Care to offer patients access to a remote patient examination device developed for virtual appointments.
  4. U of Michigan startup analyzes patients' medical images to help pinpoint treatments

    A University of Michigan biomarker technology startup developed a digital tool that uses patients' medical scans to personalize their treatment options.
  5. Update: Data breach exposes 278,000 Navicent Health patients' information

    A cyberattack last July on Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health's employee email account system may have affected 278,016 patients' personal information, Spamfighter reports.
  6. American Well: Physician telehealth usage up 340% since 2015

    More physicians (22 percent) are starting to use telehealth services to see patients, which is an increase from 5 percent of physicians in 2015, according to an American Well survey.
  7. 17 latest hospital mergers and acquisitions

    The total number of healthcare mergers and acquisitions hit a record high in 2018, and several deals have closed so far this year. 
  8. More than a buzzword: How this ACO is adopting blockchain technology

    Blockchain became part of the average American's lexicon a year and half ago when the price of one bitcoin surged to $13,800. Today, the price for a bitcoin is down nearly 60 percent, at $5,407. But that doesn't mean blockchain — the technology behind bitcoin — doesn't have immense potential.
  9. How automation can ease your finance team's administrative burden

    Finance departments are under immense pressure to lower costs at healthcare facilities nationwide amid an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

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