Hospitals tests 'smart cards' on N.Y. patients Hospitals tests 'smart cards' on N.Y. patients

One more innovation in the records business...add a tablet PC or UMPC device and the card reading device can be mobile to be used in various...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hospitals trimming staff with use of technology - mobility at work Hospitals trimming staff with use of technology - mobility at work

Outsourcing dictation and transcription services along with medical records provide the answers.  Portable units such as PDA Pocket PCs and ...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Who will be spying on your medical secrets? Who will be spying on your medical secrets?

The same issues are faced in England with many MDs opting out.  This does not go to say that electronic medical records are not a good thing...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Los Angeles County Sees Surplus in Health Budget Los Angeles County Sees Surplus in Health Budget

Downsizing Martin Luther King hospital and Medicare reimbursement policies now creates a surplus?  The saga continues with this facility.......

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Visual Healthcare - new market - HMOs for online medical records Visual Healthcare - new market - HMOs for online medical records

New market for electronic medical records as they market managed care.  This system states that it will bring both personal health records a...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Gas Company awards Riverside County nearly $700,000 for new self-supporting energy system at Riverside County Regional Medical Center The Gas Company awards Riverside County nearly $700,000 for new self-supporting energy system at Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Meanwhile, this hospital remains on lock down...BD Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) will present a $693,220 incentive check...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Personal Health Records, do you want a chip or a card? Personal Health Records, do you want a chip or a card?

Granted this can be a true life saver, but privacy has to enter here again somewhere.  How long before the insurance payors might also have ...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hospital ERs try to cut wait times - this hospital offers a 30 minute guarantee Hospital ERs try to cut wait times - this hospital offers a 30 minute guarantee

Once again the electronic records come to the rescue here.  Even if a hospital is not completely set up and ready to completely go electroni...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

LA Daily  Hospital under fire about gold-card holders LA Daily Hospital under fire about gold-card holders

If you have a gold card at this hospital, you won't be left in the ER holding area.  This was created by the foundation and not the hosp...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Key promises unfulfilled at King-Harbor Key promises unfulfilled at King-Harbor

The story continues...staff members and nurses failing basic portions of clinical competency assessments among the other problems faced here...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Generic Drugs - help for the "doughnut hole" in Medicare D Generic Drugs - help for the "doughnut hole" in Medicare D

The links to the $4.00 scripts on this site can be a good place to start.  BD  6/18/2007 - Nearly one in four people who fell into the ‘‘d...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Medical Pot users want Health Canada to butt out Medical Pot users want Health Canada to butt out

  Medicinal users of marijuana are angry with Health Canada for telling doctors to keep dosages low. But a spokesman for the department sa...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

FBI to Battle Zombie Horde - is your PC Infected FBI to Battle Zombie Horde - is your PC Infected

The FBI is on a search to find the growing number of PCs that are infected with botnets.  Recently a hospital in the Chicago area was discov...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Medical metal detector finds 'lost' orthopedic screws Medical metal detector finds 'lost' orthopedic screws

  Eli Luong, Jennifer Hoi and David Huberdeau were part of an eight-member team of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students who devel...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Hospital Discharge Planners Hospital Discharge Planners

A busy job, especially being the liaison between insurance coverage inquiries and patient care...BD Bridging Gaps Between Hospital and Hom...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Hero Faces Medical Expenses Hero Faces Medical Expenses

Another sad story of someone who was a hero, getting eaten alive with medical expenses.  This is truly sad how one can save the life of anot...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Prospect Medical Holdings in Discussions to Acquire Alta Healthcare System, Inc. Prospect Medical Holdings in Discussions to Acquire Alta Healthcare System, Inc.

  CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: PZZ) (“Prospect”), which manages the medical care of app...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Insurers warn: Get healthy or pay more Insurers warn: Get healthy or pay more

  Take care of your health or be prepared to pay more for your insurance. The next generation of health insurance policies cropping up acr...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Red tape, low pay drive out Docs Red tape, low pay drive out Docs

Being a self employed physician has it problems today, especially when any type of technology has not bee instituted.  The fax machine rules...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

AMA Physicians Seek To Prevent Penalties From Health Insurers AMA Physicians Seek To Prevent Penalties From Health Insurers

United still pushing efforts to fine MDs and potentially remove them from the network if patients continue to be sent to Quest or other Labs...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

How States Rank on Health Care - Health and Medical Information produced by doctors How States Rank on Health Care - Health and Medical Information produced by doctors

Where I live, California was ranked 36, an eye opener for me.  BD The scorecard is the first of its kind from the Commonwealth Fund, a pri...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Coalition for Responsible Healthcare Reform - one person's opinion The Coalition for Responsible Healthcare Reform - one person's opinion

  After working 25 years for health care reform I am still shocked by the underhanded practice of the for-profit health insurance industry...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Michael Moore Film "Sicko" Already Online for Free Michael Moore Film "Sicko" Already Online for Free

I wonder if the same thoughts hold true for Sicko as were for 911, (read below).  When 911 came out, the only item that was objectionable  w...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

2-year wait can mean debt or death 2-year wait can mean debt or death

  The report, "Too Sick to Work; Too Soon for Medicare," estimates that 1.5 million men and women with disabilities are now strugg...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Insurance companies to halt ad campaigns for Fee for Service Medicare Plans Insurance companies to halt ad campaigns for Fee for Service Medicare Plans

Good news here to no over confuse the already confusing issues and perhaps decrease the fraud, but what would really be beneficial is to see...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Colgate Warns of Fake Toothpaste Colgate Warns of Fake Toothpaste

 June 14, 2007 -- The Colgate-Palmolive Co. today warned that counterfeit toothpaste falsely labeled as "Colgate" has been found i...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

PayPal, eBay offer Security Key to U.S. customers PayPal, eBay offer Security Key to U.S. customers

Great idea for PayPal and would make it easier for physicians and hospitals to honor PayPal accounts for payments of medical bills.  BD   ...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

The uninsured in the US The uninsured in the US

This is well worth the watch and gives some real good insight as to how the young adults view health insurance.  BD Hat Tip:  Kevin, MD (t...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Oven cleaner offers glaucoma hope Oven cleaner offers glaucoma hope

  The active ingredient finds it hard to penetrate the eye A substance found in oven cleaner could be used to treat the eye disease glauc...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

ATM running on Windows? ATM running on Windows?

  http://www.msblog.org/index.php/2007/06/13/atm-running-on-windows/

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Tablet PCs and Roger Waters -Dark Side of the Moon, Light Side of the Tablet Tablet PCs and Roger Waters -Dark Side of the Moon, Light Side of the Tablet

Thanks to Linda at Tablet PC for the pictures and information.  A couple pictures showing the use of Tablet Kiosk EO UMPC and Sahara tablet ...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Don't ignore "unsolicited" reports - Malpractice Consult from Medical Economics Don't ignore "unsolicited" reports - Malpractice Consult from Medical Economics

  Have you heard about the doctor who was sued for $3 million by a patient she never saw? You could find yourself in the same predicament ...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

OC doctors operate on wrong ear at Childrens Hospital of Orange OC doctors operate on wrong ear at Childrens Hospital of Orange

  A state investigation determined the surgery team failed to complete the required "time-out" before the surgery to identify the ...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Southern California Urologist Invited to China to Train Physicians Southern California Urologist Invited to China to Train Physicians

  LOS ALAMITOS, CA--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - Dr. Robert Pugach, Medical Director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center, has been i...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Medicare Payment Delays Cause Community Pharmacies To Close Medicare Payment Delays Cause Community Pharmacies To Close

Doctors aren't the only ones waiting, sad but small pharmacies can't wait this long and sustain large lines of credit either.  The s...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Telemedicine brings specialists via technology to southwest Montana Telemedicine brings specialists via technology to southwest Montana

Nice 2 way video conferencing between the patients and doctors.  This could be useful anywhere for follow up visits too.  The patients can a...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

For health's sake, trash those paper records For health's sake, trash those paper records

This story is from Canada, but the same holds true here in the US.  Granted, there are many questions still not answered, but records in a p...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

HMOs favored over hospitals -  New York HMOs favored over hospitals - New York

  The association said insurance companies are receiving federal funding at about four times the rate of hospitals and other health care p...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

ClearCount Medical Solutions receives FDA clearance - checking for surgical sponges ClearCount Medical Solutions receives FDA clearance - checking for surgical sponges

RFID chips are relatively inexpensive and basically this is a pretty simple technique to scan the surgery area to see if any material has in...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Breed of Stethoscopes New Breed of Stethoscopes

Auscultation: The sounds caused by the heart's activity are a treasure trove of information on t...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Latest 'SiCKO' News from California Legislature Visit Latest 'SiCKO' News from California Legislature Visit

Full story and additional videos on the site.  Compelling addresses from both parties.  Once the issue is "in our face" on the big...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

WellPoint Seizes Lead in Cheap US Health Insurance WellPoint Seizes Lead in Cheap US Health Insurance

The names are very different from conventional policy names, Thrill Seeker, Part-Time Daredevil for a couple, and then there's the Calcu...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Patient permission necessary for medical experiments? Patient permission necessary for medical experiments?

If my life were saved due to experimental procedures, I don't think I would fine myself complaining.  BD YOU COULD be severely injured...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

California health care plans are shaky California health care plans are shaky

  The political hoopla about extending health insurance to the 6.5 million Californians who lack it escalated this week _ including a much...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Orange County board changes mind on budget cuts Orange County board changes mind on budget cuts

  Supervisors back away from proposed cuts in funding for drug-court counselors and emergency medical help for the uninsured. Orange Count...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

RediClinic now accepts Medicare RediClinic now accepts Medicare

  RediClinic LLC has formed a provider agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to accept traditional Medicare in Re...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

ActiPatch - Pulsed Energy Device ActiPatch - Pulsed Energy Device

In view of the recent story this week, this could be a potential replacement for creams that contain drugs to reduce swelling and pain.  BD ...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Filmmaker Moore, nurses rally for health-care bill Filmmaker Moore, nurses rally for health-care bill

More information at the web site.  The California debate on health insurance continues....BD Nearly a thousand nurses, some from as far aw...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hospital slow to warn of security breach - CEO was not spared with his identity stolen as well Hospital slow to warn of security breach - CEO was not spared with his identity stolen as well

This is everybody's nightmare and the CEO had his identity stolen as well.  It makes you wonder why the IT staff didn't report this ...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Profit surges at hospital seeking trauma subsidy Profit surges at hospital seeking trauma subsidy

"For profit" hospitals also look to the community for taxpayer assistance, regardless of the 14 million dollar profit made last ye...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Call an ambulance - don't change your mind on the way to the hospital and decide you don't need medical care Call an ambulance - don't change your mind on the way to the hospital and decide you don't need medical care

Paramedic over the edge and perhaps suffering from stress?  He may have needed medical attention after the incident.  BD CHICAGO -- Attorne...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hospital CEO addresses letter to community - Palo Verde Community Hospital, ready to lose Medicare Services and asking for bylaw relief for contracted emergency surgeons Hospital CEO addresses letter to community - Palo Verde Community Hospital, ready to lose Medicare Services and asking for bylaw relief for contracted emergency surgeons

I can't remember reading a letter addressing the community like this before.  If you read the entire letter, it sounds like he's put...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bluetooth Scale - send your results to your cell phone or computer Bluetooth Scale - send your results to your cell phone or computer

This can make it easy to keep track of your weight if you are dieting or directed by a physician to follow a weight management program.  BD ...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hospital Bugs - Flies in the Ointment Hospital Bugs - Flies in the Ointment

I guess standing water anywhere can attract insects...BD FAIRBANKS – Officials at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital have stopped performing ...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

George Foreman USB iGrill George Foreman USB iGrill

Can't get away from the computer to fix dinner, well this George Foreman USB grill attached to your PC might do the trick.  BD Cooki...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Insomniacs Have Higher Medical Bills Insomniacs Have Higher Medical Bills

Is this a catch 22?  Which is the correct answer here?  Hopefully insomnia won't become a qualifier for eligibility at any time, but it ...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Two California Hospitals Complete Full Transition to KP HealthConnect Two California Hospitals Complete Full Transition to KP HealthConnect

Kaiser is moving right along with their electronic records program.  BD  OAKLAND, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permane...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

California Committee for the secure exchange of healthcare information California Committee for the secure exchange of healthcare information

With all the recent articles regarding privacy, I thought this page deserved mention on the site.  BD CalRHIO is a statewide community of ...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

LabCorp to offer patch to reduce needle pain LabCorp to offer patch to reduce needle pain

Anyone who has ever had blood drawn could appreciate this item.  BD A New Jersey firm has struck a deal with Laboratory Corp. of America H...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Upright Wheel Chair by Porsche Design Studio Upright Wheel Chair by Porsche Design Studio

A picture is worth a 1000 words, looks like a great new design.  BD   Source:  http://www.yankodesign.com/index.php/2007/06/11/pegasus-u...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Former inmate launches lawsuit alleging medical neglect  referencing recent medical treatment with Paris Hilton Former inmate launches lawsuit alleging medical neglect referencing recent medical treatment with Paris Hilton

  LOS ANGELES - A former inmate at the Century Regional Detention Facility filed a claim against Los Angeles County Monday, alleging she w...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Former Jaguars Tackle Seeks Medical Help For Former NFL Players Former Jaguars Tackle Seeks Medical Help For Former NFL Players

 Former football players want medical assistance as well.  BD JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Jaguars fans remember Brian DeMarco as a young offensiv...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Paperless records - it took a hurricane to get some offices on board Paperless records - it took a hurricane to get some offices on board

  In the future, the rows and rows of manila folders tabbed by color-coded numbers in medical offices will be part of history. Technologi...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

World's First Personal DNA Analyzer World's First Personal DNA Analyzer

  World's First Personal DNA Analyzer Spartan Bioscience Inc. today announced the commercial launch of the Spartan DXTM real-time PC...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hospitals threaten to bill seniors who refuse long term care - Ontario, Canada Hospitals threaten to bill seniors who refuse long term care - Ontario, Canada

  Hamilton seniors are being strong-armed into long-term care homes they didn't choose by hospitals desperate to get them out of the...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Medical Breakthrough -- Stroke Patients Move Again Medical Breakthrough -- Stroke Patients Move Again

    At age 32, Maggie suffered a stroke. "What happens in a stroke is, an area of brain tissue is damaged and brain cells die" ...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Medical Clinics come to the supermarket in New Jersey Medical Clinics come to the supermarket in New Jersey

$39.00 a visit and currently not accepting insurance, but plans to later.  The clinics will be staffed by a nurse practitioner with physical...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Prospect Medical Holdings in Discussions to Acquire Hospital Group in Southern California Prospect Medical Holdings in Discussions to Acquire Hospital Group in Southern California

I'm sure there will be more to come on this soon, as this reads this is a little different from the recent IPA acquisition of ProMed in ...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Doctors urged to make good first impression Doctors urged to make good first impression

New study on how doctors interact with first visit based on videos gathered.  This is elementary to most physicians I'm sure, but going ...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

California looks to help local students fill nursing shortage California looks to help local students fill nursing shortage

  Nicole Oswell was a straight-A student passionately interested since first grade in following in her mother's footsteps as a registe...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

United HealthCare Challenged in Omaha United HealthCare Challenged in Omaha

  NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 11 PRNewswire — HealthLeaders-InterStudy, the leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Hospitals including more advertising in budgets Hospitals including more advertising in budgets

  (June 11, 2007) — Local billboards, as well as print, television and radio advertising, are increasingly being filled with messages abo...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Hospital strike set for June 12 for southern California hospital Hospital strike set for June 12 for southern California hospital

  BURBANK - Management at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and the union that represents its employees have discussed bringing in a ...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Medical blogs get ethics treatment Medical blogs get ethics treatment

  The medical blogosphere -- the modern equivalent of a doctors lounge -- is experiencing growing pains. Gone are the musings of, among ot...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Chinese hospitals used ‘fake plasma' on patients Chinese hospitals used ‘fake plasma' on patients

Be aware of products imported from China..we all heard about the toothpaste recently that was deemed unsafe and further stories indicate the...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

China has issues with HMOs China has issues with HMOs

Other countries are facing issues with regulating HMOs...BD Privately managed health-care providers may make inexperienced doctors scapego...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

NASA - NASA Technology Helps Detect and Treat Heart Disease and Strokes NASA - NASA Technology Helps Detect and Treat Heart Disease and Strokes

  PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA space technology is helping doctors diagnose and monitor treatments for hardening of the arteries in its early ...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

GM CEO Says Company Will Seek To Reduce Health Care Costs GM CEO Says Company Will Seek To Reduce Health Care Costs

One more article about reducing health care costs...BD General Motors will make efforts to reduce health care costs a priority this year, ...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Health Costs Push Companies to Set Targets for Workers Health Costs Push Companies to Set Targets for Workers

More employers are getting involved in health care as well as cost soar.  The one item that would tend to make me feel uncomfortable is the ...

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