The growth in internet and social media networking has introduced a new era in healthcare. This growth in mobile health, or “mHealth”, will have a number of implications, which can be broadly defined as a new opportunity for health professionals to explore, listen and engage with both patients and colleagues. In order to maximize the advantage of connected care solutions, we must first identify how advances in social media and mobile technologies ...

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Why Priscilla Chan may become the countrys most influential doctorWho has the potential to be the most influential physician of our generation? It's Priscilla Chan, who not only recently graduated from medical school, but also married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. When I brought this up on Twitter, someone responded that it was "disappointing at the same time. I'm certain her own merits and studies would have made waves alone." But her ...

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When it comes to doctors and social media, hospitals fail miserablyWhen it comes to medicine and social media, much of the attention is negative. Doctors losing their hospital privileges because of Facebook. Or other health care workers taking pictures of patients and posting them on the web. It's no wonder that many hospitals are taking a heavy handed approach when it comes to their doctors and social media. Consider this story,
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Facebook recently announced on Good Morning America that users in the U.S. and the U.K. can enroll as organ donors through links to official registries, making it easier for people who want to donate their organs to sign up. They're working with Donate Life America, a nonprofit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. But deciding to become an ...

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Prior to 1794, farms across the world could only pick cotton as fast as humanly possible.  In the late 18th century, Eli Whitney discovered the cotton gin and a simple process done since 500 AD was instantly improved upon.  This invention took 1200 years and a lot of hard labor before it was discovered.  Once this invention was created it caused efficiencies but also caused concern for a decreased ...

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Social media in healthcare is all the rage these days. You can’t visit even one physician-oriented website without someone breathlessly advising you to be on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and now Pinterest. Yet the only reason these talking heads can give you is, “because they are really popular and everyone is doing it.” Social media consulting is a bubble economy at the moment. Don’t listen to them. 1. There is no return on ...

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Want to understand social media? Physicians wanting to learn about social media must learn transparency. We must learn transparency on a personal level and also learn how to operate our medical practices with the same transparency as any other small business. Our patients (and our prospective patients) now define “great” doctors as those who are willing to display transparency, that is, doctors must be willing to show a human side. For us ...

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I have been asked to write up some of the core takeaways from the health care social media presentations I have been giving recently, so I am sharing a version of this narrative on HealthBlawg, in two parts.  This is Part II, you may wish to begin with Part I The American Medical Association has promulgated a social media policy; so has the Veterans Administration.  The two represent ...

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At the end of the day, I do not see social media as an end to itself. I enjoy the conversation and the opportunity to learn outside the walls of my medical school without having to put in too much effort. I relish the (illusion of?) freedom that it provides by drawing together the world’s most technology and innovation-driven minds. It allows high-level discussions of even the most esoteric topics ...

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The Internet beta 0.5 version was nothing like it is today.  Back in the ’80s and the early ’90s the most common way to access the outside world was to use a phone modem to dial the number of a remote computer. These primitive servers usually ran DOS based software called a Bulletin Board System (BBS) which allowed users to post messages to each other. For the most part, these ...

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