4 US healthcare providers win Microsoft Health Innovation Award (beckershospitalreview.com) Microsoft announced the winners of its 2015 Microsoft Health Innovation Awards at HIMSS, including four U.S. healthcare providers. The award acknowledges health organizations and their technology solution partners that are using Microsoft technology to innovate and improve healthcare by advancing patient care, reducing costs and streamlining clinical and business processes.
On Earth Day, HackensackUMC Plants More Than 6,000 Seedlings to Offset Paper Usage in 2014 (hackensackumc.org) HackensackUMC will distribute 6,057 evergreen seedlings to team members during Earth Day. The seedlings will replace the 102,969 reams of paper that were used in 2014. Photo opportunities and on-site interviews are available of Earth Day activities at HackensackUMC.
Starting the Conversation: The Importance of Designating a Health Care RepresentativeNational Healthcare Decisions Day, Thursday, April 16 (meridianhealth.com) Making future health care decisions includes much more than deciding what care you would or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express your health care decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Garrett to step down as head of Hackensack's hospital but maintain his role atop the health network (njbiz.com) In a move he called “bittersweet,” Robert C. Garrett announced Tuesday night that he will step down as the CEO and president of Hackensack University Medical Center. Garrett, who has led the hospital to national prominence while continually being named the best in the state, will continue in his role as CEO and president of the rapidly growing Hackensack University Health Network.
New Jersey healthcare institutions’ stellar qualities are increasingly recognized via awards (stjospehshealth.org) New Jersey is rapidly becoming known for its exceptional healthcare systems, so it’s no surprise that the Garden State is home to numerous award-winning hospitals.
Boston Children’s Hospital shows off four new internally developed digital health tools (mobihealthnews.com) At Boston Children’s Hospital’s second annual Innovator’s Showcase this week, researchers and clinicians presented a number of new technology-focused offerings that are currently in use or being tested at the hospital. Here are four digital health tools that were on display at the showcase.
Struggling N.J. hospital says it must remain open and be sold, or health care costs will rise (nj.com) Closing Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark would drive up the cost of health care because its competitor, Barnabas Health, would be allowed to monopolize the region, according to a study released Wednesday. The report was paid for by the embattled hospital to rebut a report that found the city has more hospital beds than it can support.
Only 251 Hospitals Score Five Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings (kaiserhealthnews.org) In an effort to make comparing hospitals more like shopping for refrigerators and restaurants, the federal government has awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on patients’ appraisals. Many of the nation’s leading hospitals received middling ratings, while comparatively obscure local hospitals and others that specialized in lucrative surgeries frequently received the most stars.
President signs legislation to replace Medicare SGR formula (ahanews.org) President Obama Thursday signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” H.R. 2, legislation to permanently replace the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The Senate April 14 voted 92-8 to pass the bill, which cleared the House on March 27.
When an M.D. is not enough, add an MBA (newsworks.org) For some, it's a hedge against an uncertain healthcare landscape. For others further into their career, it might be a reaction to burnout. Others still may cite the entrepreneur-physician earning big money in the biotech industry. Regarless of the reason, though, more and more doctors are looking to add some more capitalized letters to the ends of their already prestigious titles.
NJ gives OK to start construction of health center (thedailyjournal.com) A vision of health care services for those who have trouble paying for it is a little more in focus at one of the region's largest medical nonprofits. CompleteCare Health Network's long-planned medical campus on a 3-acre property on West Sherman Avenue is officially cleared to start construction.
New Jersey offers pharmacists, doctors app to help monitor prescription drug abuse (mobihealthnews.com) New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs has launched a new app for iPhones that will allow authorized users of the state’s prescription monitoring program, prescribers and pharmacists licensed in New Jersey, access to the database via their smartphone.