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Thank you, New Hampshire Union Leader; and new reader welcome

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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Poll: Journalism ethics for physicians reporting from Haiti

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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Doctors who are not on Facebook, Twitter and blogs risk becoming irrelevant; my USA Today op-ed

My latest USA Today op-ed was published this morning: Doctors ignore Internet at their own peril.

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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Why doctors fail to embrace Health 2.0

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?

Wikipedia defines Health 2.0 as “the use of a …

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How social media can make physicians better doctors

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.

Yet, after seeing patients all day, do physicians really want to spend a significant portion …

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Useful Twitter advice for doctors

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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The most popular medical and health blog posts of 2009

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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Follow KevinMD on Twitter and Facebook, or read my opinion pieces

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.

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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How Twitter will impact health care in 2010

Originally published in HCPLive.com

MDNG interviews Phil Baumann about the future of Twitter and social media in health care.

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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Avoid social networking pitfalls for physicians

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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Ten popular health blog posts, November 2009

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 …

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Having access to online health information doesn’t make you a doctor

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 to …

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Should patients talk with their doctors using social media?

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 privileged …

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Thanksgiving Drive concludes, and KevinMD on your mobile phone

Thank you for making the first Thanksgiving Drive a success.

United Way Logo I have received 592  new Twitter followers and 200 new Facebook fans during the Drive. A total of $1,000 was donated to the United Way of Greater Nashua, which includes a generous contribution by Joan Allen.

I would like to thank Epocrates, for donating an …

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KevinMD Live Q&A today at 2:00pm Eastern

I’m doing a live Q&A today at 2:00pm Eastern.

Any topic is on the table. Health reform, blogging, Twitter and Facebook, or my new Verizon Droid. Click on the window below to leave your question.

$1 for every new Twitter and Facebook follower, raising the Thanksgiving Drive stakes

Thank you all for participating in the Thanksgiving Drive.

As of today, there have been 400 new Twitter followers, and 130 new Facebook fans since November 1st.

I’m now raising the stakes.

The contribution will now be doubled, meaning $1 for every new Twitter and Facebook follower will be donated to the United Way of Greater Nashua. Including a generous contribution from Joan Kelly, $730 has been raised thus far.

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Why is the American College of Rheumatology barring the media from adding CME?

by Robert Stern, MA, CCMEP

In our continuing saga with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and their oppressive media policies, one of our readers kindly forwarded a letter received by her from the president of the ACR who provides his justification for attempting to restrict MedPage Today’s access to their annual meeting.

For context, let’s begin with the letter from …

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Health care social networking basics for doctors

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Enoch Choi, MD

Patients have embraced social networking tools that allow them to share information, offer support, and compare healthcare experiences. Physicians should also use these tools to connect with their patients and local communities and provide general medical information.

Healthcare social networking has made impressive inroads into the mainstream, as like-minded folks find each other online and …

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KevinMD Twitter and Facebook Thanksgiving Drive 2009

I’m happy to announce the KevinMD Twitter and Facebook Thanksgiving Drive 2009.

My forays into blogging, along with Twitter and Facebook, have provided me with countless new opportunities that I’m tremendously appreciative of.

Now, I want to use the power of social media to give back this Thanksgiving season.

What is this?

It’s simple.  …

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