October 21, 2019

Around the nation: Akron Children's now has cameras in the NICU

Daily Briefing

    Akron Children's Hospital recently installed 118 bed cameras in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), allowing families to see their babies at any time, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

    • Illinois/Missouri: Centene and Walgreens Boots Alliance on Thursday said they plan to establish an "innovative model for pharmacy management" using a cloud-based pharmacy benefit manager, called RxAdvance. According to Centene CEO Michael Neidorff, the new venture will "improve the transparency and quality of care, while reducing unnecessary medical costs for millions of people" (O'Brien, HealthLeaders Media, 10/17).

    • Ohio: Akron Children's Hospital in September installed 118 bed cameras in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), allowing families to see their babies at any time. Using secure log-in credentials, family members of patients in the NICU can access their child's live video stream whenever they wish. Akron Children's said there were more than 12,000 log-ins during the cameras' first month (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/17).

    • Wisconsin: Ascension Wisconsin on Tuesday announced it has entered into a tentative agreement with Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) to sell Ascension St. Clare's Hospital in Weston, as well as Ascension Wisconsin's interests in the Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Weston and Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls. The deal is expected to be finalized around spring 2020 (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/17).

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