I've made several radio appearances recently, so here's your chance to listen to me, in case you can't get enough of the blog. health-in-30 A few weeks ago, I appeared on Barbara Ficarra's Health in 30 Radio Show talking about social media and medicine. Are doctors behind the curve when it comes to social media? Is the medical profession slow ...

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Journalism professor Gary Schwitzer is the foremost health media watchdog, with his organization rigorously monitoring the health content of major media. During the past year, he notes a disturbing trend. According to his analysis, the health segments on network television morning shows, "unquestioningly promote new drugs and new technologies, feed the 'worried well' by raising unrealistic expectations of unproven technologies that may produce more harm than good, fail to ...

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The Huffington Post is one of the most prominent, and fastest growing, news sites, and as pediatrician Rahul Parikh puts it, "one of the most valuable pieces of real estate on the Internet these days." They have a prominent health and wellness section, but as you can read from Dr. Parikh's piece, The Huffington Post is crazy about your health, readers be warned. As with their approach to other topics, The Huffington ...

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As more physicians are on social networking sites. that's an issue that some are grappling with. The NEJM has a nice perspective piece on the issue. After realizing that a recent friend request came from a former patient, Sachin Jain thinks about the ramifications. Dr. Jain writes that, "In confirming this patient as my "friend" on Facebook, I was merging my professional and personal lives. From my Facebook page, Ms. ...

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Twitter has captured the mainstream imagination, with celebrities and news organizations embracing the medium. Will Twitter soon be an essential tool for medical practices? Twitter is a social media service where users can communicate with one another in 140 characters or less. More doctors are using Twitter to connect both with patients and other medical professionals. Some hospitals have "live-Tweeted" surgery, to great fanfare, allowing the public a peek into the operating ...

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health-in-30I'll be appearing live on the Health in 30 Radio Show on Thursday, July 30th at 12:30pm Eastern, talking about medicine and social media. Barbara Ficarra will be your host, and you can listen live on the web. Here's the release:

We’ll talk about social media for health care professionals and we want to hear from you. Is ...

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KevinMD is now on Facebook. facebook You can now join the KevinMD.com Fan Page, which provides another forum for discussion and debate. Go over to Facebook.com/KevinMDblog and become a fan. But wait, there's more. As an added bonus, on September 1st, 2009, I will select one lucky random Facebook fan to receive a ...

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As more doctors are blogging, using Twitter, or are on Facebook, minding their online reputation becomes more important. I've written and cited several pieces on this issue in the past, and it cannot be stressed enough that what you write or say online stays there forever. Over at his blog at White Coat Underground, internist PalMD writes about the many potential pitfalls of physicians maintaining an online presence. For instance, citing HIPAA ...

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The pharmaceutical industry has been vilified by its close association with physicians. With reforms having distanced these two groups, it appears they are moving onto trying to influence reporters. As journalist professor Gary Schwitzer writes in a recent blog entry, Pfizer is offering journalism fellowships on cancer issues. The program, not unlike Pharma-sponsored CME for doctors, includes an all-expense paid trip for the 4-day seminar. Professor Schwitzer ...

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When the online physician discussion site, Sermo, and the American Medical Association joined forces in 2007, it was heralded as a promising partnership for both entities. In fact, as Sermo's CEO Daniel Palestrant said back then, "As a company, we had to take a very rational perspective on that by saying we're a small software company, not an advocacy organization. Who is the best entity to turn voice into action? ...

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