This annual special report recognizes leaders in the industry and examines emerging treatments, new facilities, insurance and more.

  • UCSD Medical Center: Using technology to improve patient care

    Bar-coding is familiar to everyone who shops, with electronic scanners reading product information and price after a quick swipe of a tag through a scanner. This technology is now being used at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center to assure a higher level of patient safety and service.

  • SafeMed collaborates with Google on launch of Google Health

    San Diego-based SafeMed, a provider of analytical software for advanced clinical decision support, announced its collaboration with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) on the launch of Google Health, a new product that helps users store, organize and manage their medical records online. Working with Google Health, SafeMed enables users to obtain personalized health feedback -- such as potentially harmful drug interactions and other preventative guidelines -- based on their own unique Google Health profiles.

  • Slowdown's side effect: More nurses

    The ailing economy is helping to ease the nursing shortage.

  • AMN Healthcare is No. 1 in all its market segments

    San Diego-based AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS) is the largest and most relied upon health care staffing company in America.

  • Defending the right to practice good medicine

    Health care professionals facing scrutiny by federal government and/or peer review are not helpless to watch their life's work and career swept away by governing bodies. Too often, the professional becomes the target of a complaint or investigation that is unfounded.

  • NFL stars LaDainian Tomlinson and Emmitt Smith shine at PPH's Night of Nights Gala

    The theme "Night of Nights" proved to be very fitting for the Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) Foundation Gala that took place at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on June 7. If the hosting duo of NFL standout LaDainian Tomlinson and wife Torsha partnered with the legendary Emmitt Smith as emcee isn't enough to raise eyebrows, the $642,905 raised at the event -- almost $150,000 more than the goal -- surely will.

  • Rudolph and Sletten: Building San Diego health care facilities for two decades

    Rudolph and Sletten Inc. is California's largest health care facility builder. Within the greater San Diego area, Rudolph and Sletten's health care clients include Palomar Pomerado Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Scripps Health, Tri-City Medical Center and University of California, San Diego.

  • Burnham Institute for Medical Research: Waging war on human disease

    The motto of Burnham Institute for Medical Research is "From Research, the Power to Cure." Now more than ever, that motto seems appropriate as Burnham participates in a focused effort to cure childhood diabetes. Partnering with Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., Burnham will be part of the Sanford Project, a medical research program established by philanthropist Denny Sanford with the goal of curing one childhood disease in his lifetime.

  • AMA issues first report card on health insurers

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Some health insurance companies rate doctors on their performance. Now doctors are turning the tables.

  • An unsettling future for San Diego County patients and physicians

    San Diego County's patients and physicians face an unhappy future as a convergence of factors makes medical practice increasingly difficult financially.

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