April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Health

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) – Employers can require vaccinations, but not all health care facilities require it.

Hillcrest Health Services meets those hesitant employees head-on. One woman was relieved to hear what happens behind closed doors as her mother receives treatment.

“It makes me feel much more comfortable,” Marla Rohrke said. Her mother is rehabbing a broken femur.

The two made plans for a visitation this week, but then Marla got a phone call.

“They had to cancel the visitation because someone had come down with Covid,” Marla said. “I did ask the person who called me, ‘well, was it a

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This article is part of our new series on the Future of Health Care, which examines changes in the medical field.

Economists at the Labor Department project that from 2019 to 2029 employment in health care in the United States will grow 15 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs during that span.

The health care and social assistance sector is expected to add the most new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.), with six of the 10 fastest growing occupations. Spurring the expected growth: care for the

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Microsoft’s move to pay $19.7 billion in cash for Nuance Communications is a bet that it can be a digital healthcare operating system that pulls its cloud portfolio into an industry being transformed.

The deal for Nuance comes as the enterprise and healthcare artificial intelligence company is just hitting its stride. Not only does Microsoft’s purchase of Nuance make more sense than rumored talks for TikTok, Pinterest, and Discord, but the two companies are already partners and can drive revenue across the healthcare industry and enterprises.

Nuance’s technology uses voice recognition, AI, and natural language processing to streamline healthcare processes.

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Microsoft Corp.’s $16 billion deal for Nuance Communications Inc. is the latest sign that the next battleground for technology giants will be in healthcare, an industry whose need to embrace data and software was underscored by the pandemic.

The acquisition will help Microsoft tap into Nuance’s big business selling its software to healthcare systems, according to analysts and healthcare executives. Speech-recognition software like that developed by Nuance is emerging as an important new opportunity in medicine as doctors seek to speed up documentation of patient work with dictation rather than getting bogged down taking notes, executives said.

“This coming together

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SCL Health Montana currently has more than 1,400 medical staff across the region, with more than 400 employed providers, including 53 who have joined within just the last year.

The system’s ability to recover and flourish over the last decade is rooted in the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth’s 120 years of faith-based healing, a culture that goes beyond just giving medicine, Loveless said.

“So, when people talk about feeling different as a patient, I think they do, and we expect that they would because of that legacy.”

The search for a new president for SCL Health Montana and St.

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BILLINGS – Steve Loveless, president of SCL Health Montana and St. Vincent Healthcare, will step down and leave the organization, hospital officials announced Tuesday in a press release.

Loveless, who joined the health company in 2012, “plans to pursue the next step in his professional journey and become an executive coach to support and grow business leaders in their roles,” the press release states.

“We are very appreciative of Steve’s many talents and contributions to moving the Montana region to a region-based operating model,” states Mark Korth, SCL Health’s Chief Operating Officer of Hospital Operations. “Steve has also done tremendous

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