Health Catalyst, a Utah-based data warehousing and analytics company, is partnering with Microsoft to deploy data warehouse and analytics solutions for the healthcare sector, according to Clinical Innovation + Technology.

Legislation introduced in California would require the establishment of a statewide healthcare cost and quality database, reports California Healthline.

Boeing, Starbucks and Costco, among other major employers, are aggressively pushing local hospitals and physicians to meet rigorous standards in how they deliver healthcare, reports Los Angeles Times.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UnitedHealthcare have announced a pilot to study a new cancer care payment model, according to MarketWatch.

A major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that as quality improved on 17 measures in hospital care, so did racial and ethnic equality, according to Medscape.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo authored a letter mandating that insurance companies cover sex assignment surgery to patients, reports UPI.

Although the U.S. provides free and universal healthcare for patients over 65, it still lags significantly behind other industrialized countries in its delivery of care for this age segment, reports The New York Times.

Partners HealthCare lost money on operations for the first time since 1999 due to financial losses from its insurance arm, reports The Boston Globe.

Washington, D.C.-based Specialty Hospital is close to finalizing a $5.2 million bankruptcy deal that paves the way for a sale to its hedge fund suitor, Silver Point Capital, reports Washington Business Journal.

Data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Health IT Policy Committee reveal only marginal gains in the numbers of eligible professionals and hospitals attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

Developers of wearable technology have had their fair share of reality checks recently, reports Forbes.

While quality reporting helps stimulate improvement initiatives, hospital executives see little correlation with clinical outcomes, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.