Thank you to the New Hampshire Union Leader for naming me to the 2010 class of New Hampshire's 40 Under Forty. (available print only, not online yet) It's a tremendous honor, and I'm deeply humbled. I'd also like to welcome new readers to KevinMD.com who may have caught my columns last week in the USA Today and the New York Times' Room for Debate blog, along with an appearance this ...

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In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, the role of physician-journalists have come under scrutiny. After the quake, the major television networks sent their doctor-reporters to the region, and allowed them to assist with Haitians needing medical attention. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta treated a 15-day old baby with a head laceration on camera, while NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman has splinted broken bones, and ABC's Dr. Richard Besser helped a woman ...

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My latest USA Today op-ed was published this morning: Doctors ignore Internet at their own peril. Doctors who are not on Facebook, Twitter and blogs risk becoming irrelevant; my USA Today op ed I discuss how social media, like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, have the potential to improve patient-physician communication:

Social media websites that encourage reader interaction are playing an increasingly ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD, FAAP New technologies can make healthcare more personalized, strengthen the patient–physician relationship, put the right information in the right hands at the right time, and potentially improve outcomes and efficiency across the healthcare spectrum. So why are so many physicians reluctant to embrace these changes? Why doctors fail to embrace Health 2.0 Wikipedia defines Health 2.0 as “the use of a ...

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Originally published on HCPLive.com by Mike Hennessy Some patient advocates, tech-savvy physicians, and other Health 2.0 proponents tout e-mail, online forums, and social media technologies because they can potentially help strengthen the patient–physician relationship by providing patients with greater access to their physicians and facilitating more open communication. How social media can make physicians better doctors Yet, after seeing patients all day, do physicians really want to spend a significant portion ...

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Thanks to Medscape for including my take in their recent article, "Is Twitter a "must" for doctors?" I discuss some common sense tips doctors should follow while using Twitter:

1. Patient privacy is paramount. Do not discuss individual cases or provide patient advice via Twitter. 2. Use Twitter to point your patients to trustworthy online health information sources. 3. Use Twitter as a tool to promote your practice's brand. More and more patients are ...

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Thank you all for making 2009 the most successful year ever on KevinMD.com, with over 1.3 million visits, and 2.2 million pageviews. Here are the most popular blog posts of 2009. Enjoy, and I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Regular blogging will resume on January 4th, 2010. 1. How did Michael Jackson die, and the medicine behind sudden cardiac death 2. How long are you ...

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The blog will be on hiatus until Monday, December 28th. In the meantime, I invite you to explore KevinMD.com on Twitter and Facebook, along with Google Friend Connect. Follow KevinMD on Twitter and Facebook, or read my opinion pieces Follow KevinMD on Twitter and Facebook, or read my opinion pieces Don't forget that the blog is also optimized for use in your mobile browser. Still not enough? Here's my collection of published opinion pieces, for your ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com MDNG interviews Phil Baumann about the future of Twitter and social media in health care. How Twitter will impact health care in 2010 Way back in January, Phil Baumann, RN, provided an empathic answer to the question/concern that was on everyone’s mind then: “Yeah, Twitter seems great and all, but can you use it for anything useful in healthcare?” Taking things to the extreme, Baumann, ...

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More doctors are using social media than ever, and that's a good thing. One thing to be careful of, however, is how easy it is to share confidential patient information. That issue is explored in a recent article from Massachusetts Medical Law Report, where I, along with others like Healthblawg's David Harlow and Sermo's Daniel Palestrant, are quoted in the piece. Although it seems like common sense not to reveal patient information, I ...

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