A Medical Group Management Association survey showed that medical groups must spend more than $32,500 annually per full-time physician in the practice to install, manage and maintain health IT tools, including EHR systems. Practices can minimize reductions in productivity caused by EHR adoption by investing the money and time necessary to maximize the technology's benefits, says MGMA's Rob Tennant.
Building a successful dating app is tricky, as companies strive to attract a critical mass of users while preventing some of the harassment and negative behaviors that sometimes occur on these networks. Bumble's dating app gives only women the power to make the first move -- and the company is expanding into friendship and business-networking offerings.
The overall rate of students defaulting on their federal loans has dipped from 11.8% last year to 11.3%, according to a report from the US Education Department. However, the default rate for students from private, nonprofit colleges rose slightly from 6.8% to 7%, while for-profit students defaulted at a rate of 15%, down from 15.8% a year ago.
Members of the House and Senate passed a stopgap funding measure, averting a potential shut down of the US government and freeing lawmakers to leave the capital to campaign. The measure, which provides funds through Dec. 9, allocates $1.1 billion to deal with the Zika virus but doesn't include any of the restrictions on Planned Parenthood clinics that left earlier negotiations deadlocked.
Grocers will have to meet the needs of many different types of shoppers, from in-store browsers to online delivery customers, Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen told attendees at a conference this week. "[W]hat we're trying to do is to make sure that it's a completely seamless experience for the customer, regardless of where they go," he said.
A Medscape survey found a digital divide between how patients and physicians view the use of technology in medicine, with 80% of patients believing that EHR systems help improve a practice's efficiency, compared with 54% of physicians. The findings also showed that 60% of physicians say patients have a right to view all doctors' notes, compared with 90% of patients.
Starbucks has released an "Upstanders" series on social media and its app. The show features people who go above and beyond to make a difference in society.
American Eagle Outfitters has hired former Polo Ralph Lauren executive Bob Madore as its new chief financial officer, replacing interim CFO Scott Hurd. Madore has worked in retail for more than 20 years and his resume includes stints at New York & Co. and Nine West Group.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law "right to try" legislation that allows drug manufacturers to provide terminally ill patients with investigational drugs not yet approved by the FDA. The Right to Try Act covers terminally ill patients who have been previously treated with other FDA-approved drugs.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly tweaked his set-top-box proposal to get programmers onboard, removing the FCC's oversight role from the proposal. However, the revised plan would allow the FCC to review the app standards process and step in if necessary; programmers have said they will not back the proposal if the FCC has any involvement.
About 250 acres of waterfront in South Baltimore will be home to the Port Covington mixed-use project with manufacturing space, residences, playgrounds, parks and headquarters for Under Armour. Baltimore's mayor has signed off on $760 million in tax breaks for the developer, who must still negotiate federal and state funding for infrastructure.
Wind development, such as a proposed project from Swanton Wind, benefits Vermont landowners and the communities they live in, writes Swanton Wind Principal and Rocky Ridge Construction owner-operator Travis Belisle. "Wind is working for Vermont's economy and its environment. For the future of our rapidly warming world, let's hope that politicians will keep it that way," he writes.
Corporate travelers are now able to access Preferred Seats aboard American Airlines flights at no additional cost, regardless of their loyalty rewards status. These seats offer standard economy legroom.
More than 11,000 hotels with nearly two million rooms are in development worldwide, up 3% over last year, according to Lodging Econometrics' Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report. Despite the increase, multiple economic and political variables concern the industry.