Much has been written about educating patients.  This can be in the form of educational materials provided during the office visit, providing access to accurate online medical data, or even educating patients about wellness- how to be well, stay well and live well.  As physicians, I believe that part of our responsibility is to teach.  As the familiar adage from residency goes: “see one, do one, teach one” – we ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Damage control on physician-rating sites. Medical Economics. Kevin Pho, MD, an internal medicine physician, has written about patient satisfaction issues, says that including patients in the process also helps lessen the possibility that they will criticize you later for saying "no" to something they wanted but that you felt was not in their best interest—such as denying them pain medications ...

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So you’ve decided to take the plunge (or at least, dip your toes) into the Twitterverse.  Congratulations! Welcome to a vibrant interactive community.  You’ll find plenty of different personalities here and lots of opinions.  But if you are like I was back in January 2011, you currently have no idea how to actually use Twitter, let alone how a physician might want to use it. There are plenty of places to ...

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If you’re like many of us, the minute you or someone you care about is diagnosed with something, you go online to do research. You may even reach out to your Facebook friends. You’re far less likely to think, “Hey! Now that I have cancer/diabetes/MS, I better get a Twitter account!” If you can’t understand what people get out of Twitter, this post is for you. Reason #1. Real-time conversations with people who’ve been there. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with cancer, ...

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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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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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It was my first ER shift in charge of the resuscitation area. Needless to say, my adrenaline and nerves were firing like crazy; being responsible for the sickest of the sick that rolls through our doors is a daunting task, especially since we were the local trauma center. The shift was going relatively well, and with only a few hours left I was beginning to breathe a sigh of relief. BEEP! There is ...

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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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