HCA, Ascension Pump Venture Capital Into Quality, Efficiency Innovations

The largest for-profit and non-profit health systems are betting on innovative healthcare startups, hoping they bear fruit that they can use to cut costs and boost quality in their hospitals, according to a report by The Tennessean.

St. Louis-based Ascension Health recently set aside a $225 million venture capital fund earmarked for projects involving health IT, devices and diagnostic screenings.

The for-profit Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., aims to grant $10 million annually to startups in the healthcare field through its subsidiary Health Insight Capital.

Investment firm Heritage Group, also based in Nashville, has raised $157 million from investments from surrounding hospital systems including Community Health Systems, LifePoint Hospitals and Vanguard Health Systems.

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