Kimberly Rodriguez

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By Putting Patients First, Hospital Tries To Make Care More Personal

No one likes to go to the hospital.<p>But some hospitals around the nation are trying to make their patients' stays a little less unpleasant.<p>They're members of an organization called Planetree, which was founded by a patient named Angelica Thieriot, who had a not-so-good hospital experience back in …

Top Reason Patients Sue Doctors: Failure To Diagnose

By: Rachael Rettner<p>Published: 07/18/2013 06:56 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>The most common reason patients give for suing their doctors is a delay or failure to diagnose a disease, such as cancer, a new study finds.<p>The study -- which reviewed information on medical malpractice claims against primary care …

Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction

Under healthcare overhaul, federal payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction. Customer service efforts are underway.<p>July 20, 2013|By Anna Gorman<p>SAN FRANCISCO — For years, the check-in process in the urgent care center of this city's large, downtown hospital was reminiscent of a visit …

Physicians and hospitals are warming up to symptom checkers as communication tool

The fact that 72 percent of people use the Internet for health-related queries has spurred the popularity of symptom checkers. Physicians have …

10 Things the Most Progressive Hospitals Do

July 08, 2013 | Print | Email<p>It's been said that there are three types of people in the world: the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive. …

Why You Should Care About Hospital Culture

Let's shake up the patient-care industry. Think about hospital culture first, and patients second. Here's why.<p>Each week, my <i>Inc.</i> column is dedicated primarily to issues around culture and employee engagement. Good and bad company culture exists everywhere in business. But you'll also find both in …

Health Care

What Would the Ideal Hospital Look Like in 2020?

There is tension between doctors and designers. Architects want to build dramatic structures while doctors need room to deal with traumatic …

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

University of California

Don't believe all you read, health reviews can be misleading too

The phenomenon of "fake" online reviews has its own term, "astroturfing", where information is artificially presented as if it comes from grassroots …

Syrian Medics Have So Little Medical Supplies That They Knock Out Patients With Metal Bars To Perform Surgery

Newborns die in hospital incubators during power outages, while millions of children have been exposed to deadly diseases, some of which are preventable with vaccinations and basic medical equipment, Save the Children said.<p>The conflict has ravaged Syria for three years and has hit the country's …