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Hospitals Use Innovation to Compete

South Florida has a glut of hospitals, which has always fueled a high-tech competition in the effort to gain or preserve market share. Now that the health-care payment system is changing to reward hospital-and-doctor networks that keep patients healthy rather than those with the most admissions, the glut is even more of a problem.

They're turning to innovation, in the belief that patients and young physicians will  insist on the latest and greatest, the South Florida Sun-Sentinelreports. Among the innovations: remote monitoring of patients, 3-D computer modeling for surgeons and heart stents that  the body can absorb.

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