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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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, ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. What Lego would look like in a CT scan 2. Did Nidal Malik Hasan suffer from compassion fatigue or vicarious traumatization? 3. How long should children stay out of school after H1N1 flu? 4. Discharged from the hospital without answers; the death of Jane Q. Patient 5. How training to become ...

Read more...

Recent data suggests that over 60 percent of American patients consult the web first before going to a doctor. That's all good, and even encouraged, but trouble comes when they feel that online health information can replace physician advice. Bryan Vartabedian talks about these so-called "amateur physicians," and how they think they know more than they actually do. There is a danger of knowing too much information, and being unable ...

Read more...

As both patients and doctors find themselves increasingly on Twitter and Facebook, more are wondering whether they should be talking to one another using social networking outlets. This issue has come up before, most recently when the New England Journal of Medicine asked whether doctors should friend their patients on Facebook. Pediatrician Bryan Vartabedian looks further at the issue, and sees it fraught with potential risk. He points out that sharing ...

Read more...