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newspaper article | 12.26.15

A Surgery Center That Doubles as an Idea Lab

Natasha Singer

D&S fellow Natasha Singer investigates the benefits and concerns around testing improvements in efficiency and care for patients based on data and new technology.

Across the country, leading medical centers are trying new approaches to technology and information management with the aim of increasing efficiency, reducing costs and assuring health care quality. Because competition to attract patients is fierce, some of the same medical centers are also engaged in a marketing arms race to out-tech one another, promoting their new tools and systems with terms like “most advanced,” “pioneering” and “cutting edge.”

But this race to innovation, bioethicists say, has created a gray area.

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