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New Technologies Help Hospitals Tackle Patient Safety Push

Executive Summary

CMS continues to tighten its rules on so-called "never events" - conditions acquired during hospitalization - in an ongoing effort to slash Medicare costs and improve care for hospitalized patients. And the HAC rules currently in place have already provided significant impetus for hospitals to take steps to improve the identification and prevention of nosocomial infections. Nowa growing group of companies with innovative new technologies aim to capitalize on this trend by helping hospitals take their efforts even further.

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