Allina Health signs $100M agreement with Health Catalyst; New imaging method may improve accuracy of finding tumors;

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> Minnesota-based Allina Health is outsourcing its analytics efforts, paying data warehousing company Health Catalyst more than $100 million over 10 years for its services. The health system is working to transition from a fee-for-service system to payment based on patient outcomes. The arrangement with Health Catalyst makes Allina the biggest investor in the company, according to Forbes. Article

> A new non-invasive imaging method has been developed to improve the accuracy of finding prostate tumors. A team of scientists and physicians from the University of California and San Diego School of Medicine created the new technique, restriction spectrum imaging-MRI or RSI-MRI. The method corrects for magnetic field distortions and focuses upon water diffusion within tumor cells, this increase accuracy of plotting a tumors location. Announcement

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> With hand hygiene a key factor in the fight against deadly hospital-acquired infections, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare decided to tackle the issue by conducting its first patient safety project on the subject, the results of which are published in several articles in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Article

> Hospital CEOs and board chairs differ on how much progress boards have made in promoting innovation, according to a new survey report from the American Hospital Association's Center for Healthcare Governance. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, last week, published its annual notice soliciting recommendations for the safe harbor provisions under the federal anti-kickback statute, along with new OIG Special Fraud Alerts. Post

And Finally... On Wednesdays, we ask that taxis be pink. Article