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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As Match Day for the Class of 2012 quickly fades into the background and residency applications for my class begin to appear on the horizon, I find my classmates starting to disappear from Facebook and other socially-oriented websites. "Are you taking your blog down for application and interview season?" someone innocently asked, "I mean, some program directors just may not appreciate the social media involvement as much as you do." The question, ...

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Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it. - Bertolt Brecht In prior posts, I have discussed the issue of professionalism and social media.  I have also taken issue with medical organizations' extant social media guidelines.  In some of these posts' comments, it has been noted that there is no corresponding guideline or document that expressly discusses ...

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There's no question that social media is taking root in the healthcare field, and will only continue to grow in importance.  According to a recent Pew Internet survey, four out of five Internet users have searched for health information online, making health one of the most searched topics on the internet. While on the one hand, this is good news for doctors since patients are often using the information they ...

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In the old days, bullying used to consist of name calling or physical aggression from someone in a position of power over another, typically from a roughly similarly aged peer group. The bullying could be mild such as occasional name calling and having one’s books knocked down when walking in the hallway. This does not mean the effects of the bullying were mild but comparatively speaking, this is generally not ...

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