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To speed up transactions, there's no time like real time
Physicians have historically been lacking in collecting on bad debt, and now the cost of tracking it down might not be worth it
Claims data still a secret weapon in care, cost containment
Data mining and predictive modeling can get us over the electronic data hump until EMRs reach critical mass
Hospitals voluntarily enact Leapfrog Group's policy on "never events"
More than 650 hospitals have pledged to adopt the Leapfrog Group's policy on "never events"-rare medical errors that should never happen to a patient.
Hospitals look to improve infection-prevention measures
The primary cost to patients with hospital-acquired infections is a prolonged stay and additional therapeutic interventions. But because of the high financial costs, there is increasing outside pressure to decrease infection rates.
Hospital disaster preparedness plans become a necessity
In the late 1990s, the idea of a disaster preparedness strategy hardly registered for most of the nation's hospitals, but today more and more are coordinating individual and regional strategies. Hospitals in those communities where disasters have previously occurred are the most likely to have ongoing disaster preparedness plans in place.
Aging population, chronic diseases put strain on hospital ICUs
It's no secret that the U.S. population is getting older, and with the first of the baby boomers turning 60 this year, that trend isn't going to change anytime soon.
Clinical transformation initiative starts with a total vision
Healthcare as an industry has been slow to apply information technology solutions in an effort to transform its clinical systems. But that seems to be changing.
Benchmarking helps attain the delicate balance between cost and quality
Data allow MCOs to evalutate their pharmacy services and which drugs should or should not be covered
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