Articles on Health Care

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

Don’t Come Back, Hospitals Say
http://on.wsj.com/raOro7
The Wall Street Journal
THE INFORMED PATIENT
JUNE 7, 2011
Can a virtual nurse named Louise help keep patients from landing back in the hospital after they are discharged? The animated character on a computer screen, who explains medical instructions, is one of several new strategies hospitals are using to help patients make the transition to home, including sending patients off with a “Home with Meds” packet of medications and having real-life case managers and nurses monitor patients by phone.

New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test
http://nyti.ms/ngdVFN
By GARDINER HARRIS
The New York Times
Published: July 10, 2011
ROANOKE, Va. — Doctors save lives, but they can sometimes be insufferable know-it-alls who bully nurses and do not listen to patients. Medical schools have traditionally done little to screen out such flawed applicants or to train them to behave better, but that is changing. At Virginia Tech Carilion, the nation’s newest medical school, administrators decided against relying solely on grades, test scores and hourlong interviews to determine who got in. Instead, the school invited candidates to the admissions equivalent of speed-dating: nine brief interviews that forced candidates to show they had the social skills to navigate a health care system in which good communication has become critical.

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