HHS funding new rural workforce programs to the tune of $20M

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $20 million in grants to help healthcare organizations in 21 states create new rural residency programs. WHY IT MATTERS The funding, disbursed through the Health Resources and Services Administration via its Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants, will help these states launch new residency programs over the next three […]

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Geisinger names Dr. Jaewon Ryu its new president and CEO

Dr. Jaewon Ryu, who has served as interim president and CEO of Danville, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger for the past six months, has been approved by the health system’s board of directors to take on the role full time. He’s just the seventh chief executive in Geisinger’s century-plus existence. WHY IT MATTERS Ryu, who had served as Geiseinger’s chief medical officer since […]

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Doctors rarely aware of online feedback from patients

Doctors and nurses in the United Kingdom are largely unaware of the online feedback they receive from patients, though they assume the posted comments skew negative, a study has found. What happened? The National Institute for Health Research and the University of Warwick have published a survey of 1,001 registered doctors in primary and secondary care and 749 nurses and […]

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athenahealth to lay off nearly 4 percent of employees after being taken private

Five months since its acquisition by Veritas Capital, athenahealth is now laying off employees as it continues the merger with Virence Health Technologies that was part of the private equity deal. WHY IT MATTERS The $5.7 billion acquisition by Veritas and Evergreen Coast Capital (a subsidiary of Elliott Management, which had aggressively pursued changes from athenahealth management as an activist […]

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At UChicago Medicine, patient satisfaction scores soar with digital rounds

At UChicago Medicine, paper-based nurse rounding was not fully capturing patients’ and families’ feedback at the point of care. THE PROBLEM The paper documentation was not readily accessible to the entire care team, and it was difficult to use in follow-up calls with patients after discharge. The paper-based rounding method did not enhance the patient experience or provide necessary information […]

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How a scribe tool linked to Epic EHR is helping ease physician burnout

In surveys Massachusetts General Physicians Organization conducted of its physicians, the healthcare organization found that 46 percent exhibited some degree of burnout. When asked what contributed to that burnout, they blamed the administrative burden added to the work of patient care. THE PROBLEM Chief among those administrative burdens was documenting in the electronic health record. Many physicians were spending two […]

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Digital transformation: 3 charts spotlight what top business decision makers need to know

Digital transformation is not just about the IT shop. CIOs play the central role, to be certain, but a successful enterprise initiative also increasingly involves the entire C-suite — notably CEOs, CFOs and COOs, not to mention the emerging chiefs of innovation, transformation, medicine, marketing, nursing, informatics and more. That’s why we have a Focus on The Business of Healthcare, aimed […]

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