St. Louis Children’s Hospital emphasizes social media tools to drive referrals

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May 30, 2012 by John DeGaspari, Healthcare Informatics The use of social media to engage patients and their caregivers has become a top priority at St. Louis (Mo.) Children’s Hospital, which, according to marketing manager Kay Franks, has helped the organization track its referrals and increased the active participation of patients’ parents and caregivers.  … Read more »

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

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John Rose/NPR   No one likes to go to the hospital. But some hospitals around the nation are trying to make their patients’ stays a little less unpleasant. 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 the 1970s. “She… Read more »

For hospitals and insurers, new fervor to cut costs

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The New York Times, May 24, 2012   Giselle Fernandez is only 17 but she has had more than 50 operations since she was born with a rare genetic condition. She regularly sees a host of pediatric specialists, including an ophthalmologist, an endocrinologist and a neurologist at UCLA Health System. Her care has cost hundreds… Read more »

Legislation may enable states to offer universal healthcare

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By David Lazarus Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2012   Universal coverage, Medicarefor all, single payer — call it what you will. It’s clear that conservative forces are determined to prevent such a system from ever being introduced at the national level. So it’s up to the states.The catch is that to make universal coverage… Read more »