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Geisinger's Nicholas Marko: Early EMR adoption has propelled innovation

As an early adopter of electronic medical records, Geisinger Health System is well-equipped to use health data in new and innovative ways. Because the Danville, Pa.-based provider has had a system-wide EMR since the mid-1990s, both clinicians and researchers are very confident navigating mounds of patient information and using it to improve patient care processes, Chief Data Officer Nicholas Marko says.

Hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events

Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions.

First Medicare-approved transitional care center opens for business

The first Medicare-approved, third party transitional care provider began taking patients this month. But experts say it won't be long before other healthcare providers focus exclusively on this type of service.

Medical scopes and superbugs: Infection risk greater than previously thought

The risk of a serious infection from contaminated medical scopes is much broader than previously thought, as cases of drug-resistant superbugs are now linked to procedures involving the lungs, the bladder and the stomach. 

A potential weak link in patient safety: ER to inpatient handoffs

Physicians say that patient safety is often at risk because of ineffective communication during the emergency department handoff process when patients are moved to inpatient units.

3 ways to improve communication and care coordination--from the patient and family's perspective

It's easy to write about the importance of effective provider-patient communication and care coordination. How fragmented care causes patients frustration, fear and can lead to readmissions. But...

Consumer choice on federal marketplace rises from 2014 to 2015

Competition and choice in the health insurance marketplaces increased in most areas between 2014 and 2015.

Oncologist says cost of cancer care should not take priority over saving lives

In the fight against cancer, lives matter more than cancer treatment costs, says Andrew Pecora, M.D., oncologist and chief innovation officer at the John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey. "You have to focus on the total cost of care--not just the drugs." 

CareFirst's PCMH boosts quality, lowers costs

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield's patient-centered medical home (PCMH), which has already produced positive results for the insurer, continues to improve outcomes in its fourth year--and cost $345 million less than expected in 2014, the insurer said in a report. 

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.