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Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

By Kaiser Health News 02:13 pm May 29, 2014
One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems.
Illustration of physical exam
By Kaiser Health News 10:23 am May 23, 2014
Over the past few decades the physical diagnosis skills that were once the cornerstone of doctoring have withered, supplanted by a dizzying array of sophisticated, expensive tests, according to medical educators.
Dr. Billy Oley, left, and Dr. William George review an electronic medical record
By Kaiser Health News 08:05 am April 28, 2014
One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems. It's costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000 rural and small town hospitals.
By Kaiser Health News 10:05 am April 18, 2014
After some doctors at University of Utah Health Care noticed scathing online reviews about themselves in 2012, the hospital system decided the best way to respond was by posting its patients' ratings of physicians on the hospital's own website.
Doctor Marc T. Zubrow (Photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun).
By Kaiser Health News 05:33 am February 12, 2014
Telemedicine, the exchange of medical information between sites via electronic communications, is being used not only by ICUs but also by other hospital departments, home health agencies and private doctors' offices. But skeptics suggest that small ICUs might be able to improve care with less expensive measures.
Medical identity theft is the most virulent of all.
By Kaiser Health News 09:48 am February 11, 2014
Last month, the Identity Theft Resource Center produced a survey showing that medical-related identity theft accounted for 43 percent of all identity thefts reported in the United States in 2013. According to HHS, the theft of a computer or other electronic device is involved in more than half of medical-related security breaches.
Photo by Phil Jern via Flickr
By Kaiser Health News 10:20 am November 06, 2013
Judge not, that ye be not judged. Irked by the growing number of report cards assessing the quality of hospitals, a New York state hospital association has taken this biblical admonition to heart by putting out a report card grading the quality of hospital graders. Five of the 10 report cards that were evaluated were given low marks.
Curt Kwak
By Kaiser Health News 12:07 pm November 01, 2013
When President Obama addressed massive problems with the federal health-insurance exchange website last week, he couldn't cite any actual enrollments in health plans offered through the site. At the same time, several states running their own exchanges have exceeded federal-enrollment targets. Why?
Don Berwick
By Kaiser Health News 10:10 am August 30, 2013
Dr. Donald Berwick might be running for Governor of Massachusetts, but he's still got a foothold in his former life. Berwick has a long record as the leading authority on healthcare quality and now he finds himself making recommendations for improving safety and restoring confidence in England's National Health Service
By Kaiser Health News 10:53 am August 21, 2013
Playing off the title of Billy Joel's iconic 1976 song, the officials running New York's health insurance exchange announced Tuesday that they have chosen New York State of Health as the brand name of their new online marketplace.

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