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> With herbal medicines becoming a favored option for many patients, doctors are gradually beginning to educate themselves on their use. Articles

> Providers are expected to spend big bucks on clinical technology this year, including digital medical imaging, med management, EMRs and mobile applications. FierceHealthIT

> A Pennsylvania hospital chief is defending mass employee firings, noting that with only 25 to 27 inpatients per day, he couldn't continue to staff for 96 beds. Article

> Atlanta's struggling Grade Memorial Hospital has a plan in place to stay on its feet, but politics could scuttle the deal. Article

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