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Google Glass Medical Pioneers Balance Technology and Marketing

Jacqueline Fellows

Some early adopters in the surgical suite are pushing ahead with efforts to capitalize on the promise of Google's revolutionary hands-free tool. Others are taking a slower approach. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Premier $100M IPO a 'Pittance'

In announcing its plan for a $100 million initial public offering, the healthcare alliance and group purchasing organization may be actually setting its sights on a larger payday, says one healthcare economist. >>>

It's Judgment Day for Hospital Websites

Not only are hospitals' quality metrics under tight review by payers, but now the honesty and relevance of their websites' claims and content is getting scrutinized. >>>

ROI of Technology Systems Is More Than Financial

"It's hard or nearly impossible to justify the investment needed for a state-of-the-art EHR with hard-dollar savings," says the CFO of an academic health system. "You have to look beyond that to the intangible benefits, the improvements in delivery of care and positioning your organization to be competitive in the future." >>>

Employers Behaving Badly

In this week's news roundup: Two large employers announce a drastic change to their employee benefits plans, a rural hospital CEO is sentenced in a stalking case, and the results of a compensation survey fail to wow anyone. >>>

Better ED Throughput Means a Better Patient Experience

After a move, ED patient satisfaction and throughput measures "tanked" at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. By eliminating duplication, leaders not only improved operational efficiency, but patient experience as well. >>>

Oregon to Streamline Provider Credentialing

A new law requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish an electronic database for credentialing organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and other facilities. >>>

Aetna Targets Readmissions With Pharmacy Pilot

Aetna members considered to be at high or moderate risk for hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge will receive support from a pharmacist in the form of in-home medication reviews or telephone consultations. >>>

MU Audit Victim Lives to Tell

A provider who went through a Meaningful Use audit explains how she got through it, relying on training received at a user group conference and the help of her state's Regional Extension Center. >>>



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Webcast: Metrics and Marketing—Proving Value in Healthcare Marketing

Date: September 25, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join marketing veterans from Capella Healthcare and Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock to learn how to implement and measure marketing efforts under common resource challenges found at small to midsize hospitals and health systems. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

IRS issues final rules on Obamacare's 'individual mandate'

Reuters, August 28, 2013

UC Davis doctors who infected brain cancer patients with bowel bacteria resign

CBS Sacramento / Associated Press, August 27, 2013

Hazards lurk in medical smartphone apps, experts warn

The Kansas City Star, August 27, 2013

States scramble to get healthcare law's insurance marketplaces up and running

The Washington Post, August 26, 2013

A wide divide across New England on health overhaul

The Boston Globe, August 26, 2013

Health insurance marketplaces are not for seniors

USA Today / Kaiser Health News, August 26, 2013

Healthcare is gold rush for mobile technology

Forbes, August 23, 2013

Will US hospitals adopt a dehydration fix from the developing world?

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 23, 2013

This is why controlling healthcare costs is almost impossible

The Washington Post, August 22, 2013

States use out-of-the-box approaches to raise awareness of health exchanges

Kaiser Health News, August 22, 2013



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Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

New Approaches to Patient Experience

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