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Will data analytics in healthcare take until 2040 to be fully realized? And other highlights from Health IT Summit

The two-day Health IT Summit in San Francisco yielded a great deal of interesting talks about the most intriguing challenges and opportunities confronting hospitals and providers, ranging from the incorporation of big data into EHRs, using technologies to improve outcomes and reimbursement rates. There was broad consensus that the industry has a long way’s to […]

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Physician Targeting Using Real-time Data: How PurpleLab’s Alerts Can Help

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MetroHealth raised a record $10.8M in donations last year

Public safety-net hospital MetroHealth System reported that its charitable foundation raised more money in 2011, $10.8 million, than in any previous year. That’s an impressive accomplishment for MetroHealth, considering that 2011 was a rough year for the hospital. MetroHealth was pummeled by the local press for a series of public relations gaffes and faced increasing […]


MetroHealth lost $2.7M last year, expects $10M surplus in ’12

Public safety net hospital MetroHealth System lost $2.7 million last year, but hospitals officials are feeling optimistic about 2012 and are predicting a $10 million surplus. Recent trends have MetroHealth leaders feeling confident as they look toward the rest of this year: rising patient volume, a reduction in staffing expenses and an increase in outpatient […]


MetroHealth getting started on search for new CEO

Less than a month after its CEO announced plans to resign, public safety net hospital MetroHealth System is starting the process to look for a successor. MetroHealth has posted on its website a request for proposals from executive search firms that would assist the hospital in locating candidates for the CEO position, according to an […]


Dr. Spock’s name is now Robert Needlman

Benjamin Spock died in 1998 and soon after that, his famous book has had one co-author: Dr. Robert Needlman. Needlman is a pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. He’s also a graduate of Yale Medical School and worked at Boston City Hospital. He’d been part of […]


MetroHealth to lay off 104, cut 151 open positions

The financially struggling MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s safety-net hospital, will lay off 104 employees and eliminate 151 open positions. The moves, announced Thursday in a prepared statement, are part of a broader effort MetroHealth detailed in September to cut 450 jobs. The layoffs and position eliminations come in response to mid-year projections that showed MetroHealth […]


MetroHealth to cut 450 jobs as charity care rises

MetroHealth System plans to cut 450 jobs as the Cleveland safety-net hospital faces an increasing amount of uncompensated care. The job cuts are expected to hit patient-facing employees, as well as supervisory and administrative workers. About 150 of the 450 cuts will be achieved by not replacing employees who have left, The Plain Dealer reported. […]


MetroHealth freezes hiring to head off $6M operating loss

Staring at the prospect of a $6 million operating loss for 2011, MetroHealth System has frozen hiring and implemented several other measures in the hopes of breaking even on the year. The main reason for the projected loss is a 9 percent uptick in uninsured or under-insured patients, according to a statement from the publicly […]


Cleveland’s MetroHealth will thrive (not die) amid healthcare reform

Mark Twain’s quip that “news of my death was an exaggeration” sums up my reaction to the article on MetroHealth: “Healthcare reform’s impact: Farewell to public hospitals like MetroHealth.” The speculation that it’s all over for MetroHealth is wrong for three reasons. First, MetroHealth’s Board and management team have demonstrated an ability to manage the […]