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BREAKING: Kaiser to open medical school

Kaiser Permanente will open its own independent medical school in Southern California, with its first class expected to enroll in fall 2019. The Oakland, Calif.-based not-for-profit system is planning a school that will emphasize patient care. Leaders say they want to bring Kaiser’s “21st century medicine” model to a broader audience by teaching future doctors how to provide high-quality, population-based care for patients that relies upon a team-based approach to improve outcomes while lowering costs, a method that’s proven successful for Kaiser.
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BREAKING: Health spending growth surges to highest rate since 2007

The Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage to millions of Americans in 2014. Because more people had insurance to pay for healthcare services, demand and spending predictably went up more quickly.

But the important question for the future remains the same: Will healthcare be able to avoid large spending spikes and move to a more sustainable payment system?

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GE lends radiology tech to Philadelphia hospital in contract deal

Earlier this year, GE Healthcare CEO Jeff Immelt cited hospitals as a potentially lucrative source of growth for the company, pointing to a shift toward major contracts amid healthcare reform. Now, the company is taking a big step in that direction, inking a deal with Philadelphia’s Temple University Health System (TUHS) to improve the medical center’s radiology technology while helping it cut costs.

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Why the healthcare industry badly needs a cyber security health check

After a slew of data breaches in 2014, the FBI warned the healthcare industry that cyber-criminals would be directing more attention their way in 2015. The healthcare industry, valued at $3 trillion, has become an increasingly valuable target for cyber thieves and, in some cases, a much easier target to attack due to their often less than adequate investment in cyber security. What is it about the healthcare industry that has captured the cyber criminals’ interest in the last few years? Read more here

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