Virtual health care grows, but usage is uneven and some patients, physicians are slow to adopt

Three years after Indiana passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for patients without an in-person visit—using a computer, smartphone, video camera and similar technology—some health systems around the state are reporting higher use of virtual visits. St. Vincent, for example, sees hundreds of patients a month remotely for ailments ranging from minor rashes and sprains to follow-up visits for strokes.

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Fed rules make tiny hospitals profitable

St. Vincent Health announced last month it would build eight micro-hospitals—or “emergency hospitals,” as the organization calls them. Other area hospitals are watching the experiment.

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Indiana medical software company says networks hacked

A medical software company is notifying patients of the health care providers it serves—including Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis—that their private information may have been exposed when its networks were hacked.

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