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Urgent Care a Growing Priority for Hospitals

February 7, 2017 BY Definitive Healthcare

Urgent Care a Growing Priority for Hospitals

When it comes to high-growth healthcare fields, urgent care ranks near the top. The growth of the insured population through subsidized premiums and Medicaid expansion has led to a greater demand for primary care. With physician shortages already affecting some areas, hospitals and independent corporations have looked to urgent care services as a solution. Most recently, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) announced it will dramatically increase its number of urgent care locations by nearly 50 across the country by the end of 2017.  Urgent care presents unique opportunities for health systems to expand their clinical reach and coordinate care, and most analysts expect urgent care centers to continue their growth over the coming years.

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Imaging Technology News (ITN) reports that University of Tennessee Medical Center has adopted Siemens' PET/CT software. Director of Molecular Imaging Dustin Osborne is quoted, “UT Medical Center was chosen to pioneer this PET/CT software because of our unique workflows that blend standard oncological imaging with radiation therapy, …This software contains a number of new features that result in improved radiation therapy services. Plus, combining standard PET/CT and radiation oncology workflows provides more convenience for patients as they can have multiple procedures performed during one appointment". The report states this is the very first time in the world this software was implemented.

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Banner Washakie Medical Center: New Imaging Technology Improves Patient Safety

To make a certain type of medical imaging exam as fast, safe and accurate as possible for patients, Washakie Medical Center has installed the Siemens Somatom Definition AS64-slice CT system.

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