It’ll be no surprise to the readers of this blog that physicians’ use of Twitter and other social media has been exploding over the last couple of years. But it may surprise you to know how hard it is to really analyze that data.Last year Dr. Katherine Chretien of the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC, published an eye-opening study in a JAMA letter. Until that point, all we really had were anecdotes and survey responses – certainly not the same as analyzing what physicians were actually doing and saying on Twitter.By leveraging a strong research team, Dr. Chretien was able to narrow a list of 523 potential author candidates to a final group
David May, MD, describes Twitter as a doctors lounge. When he wants to discuss the latest journal articles or clinical research, there are always other doctors on hand to offer their opinions and add to the discussion. But unlike a doctors lounge, the discussion isnt limited to colleagues down the hospital corridor. It can include thousands of people from around the world.The social media world is such an intense, immediately responsive place that you can have tremendous amounts of traffic pointing out the good and bad about an article itself technically, about the concepts that were put forward, and about potential flaws that were in a paper,
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Remote monitoring can be effective in way to reduce emergency room visits for heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators, according to new research published in Circulation. For the study, researchers in Italy compared remote monitoring to standard management in 200 patients over a period of 16 months.
Propaganda and non-truths abound all around the Internet saying that mobile health apps are everything from a threat to Big Pharma to a way to save billions of dollars in healthcare costs. There may be a future for mobile apps but a lot of work is yet to be done.
Last year I led some market research into mobile apps across all demographic segments and several disease conditions. While we did uncover some opportunities for mobile health we also learned that patients are very finicky about what they want in health apps and even more finicky about being reminded of their health conditions.
We found, for example, that type 1 diabetics
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 find information about how to start a Twitter account, so I am going to take a leap of faith and say that if you are reading this, you have already set one up. If
Washington Federal health officials overseeing standards for electronic health records systems should revise system certification criteria to take usability concerns into account, the American Medical Association and other physician organizations said in comments on a proposed regulation.
In general, organized medicine supports a proposed federal framework for certification of EHRs. In particular, the AMA and others were pleased that the Health and Human Services Dept. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology outlined basic criteria and placed more emphasis on patient
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, diabetes or lupus; you’ll find others who have been through it. Don’t be surprised if they happen to be in Canada, Dubai, Ireland or Yangon. (
Last week, Michael Planchart a.k.a. @theEHRGuy kicked off the second annual #HIT100 contest.Â This crowd-sourcing
contest is a really cool, fun way to nominate anyone in the health IT and health IT social media communities, who have been supporting and contributing to the healthcare information technology movement through social media, articles, books, blogging, etc. over the last year.Â So far, itâs gotten quite a bit of buzz on Twitter and Iâve even seen some health IT publications talk about it, including
As a member of the Integrated Media and Technology Committee of ASCO, I have tried to champion the benefits of social media, whether it be on blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, or otherwise. As I have become more engaged in various outlets, it has become apparent that these channels offer more than an opportunity to discuss the latest research and meet or keep up with colleagues. I have learned (and benefited) from the support that can be found online.It came to mind recently when a tweet from Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham came up on my twitter feed: “If there was an oncologists’ support group, I would totally join it, especially after this week.”“I love
It took some time to get a majority of physicians in the U.S. to agree that it would be beneficial to implement electronic health records in their practices. Now, a survey finds, the most skeptical audience for EHRs is patients.
A survey of more than 2,100 patients by Xerox found that only 26% want their medical records to be digital, down two percentage points from a year ago. Only 40% believe EHRs will result in better, more efficient care. And 85% expressed concern about digital records. Their main worries: privacy and security of their information.
When asked what, specifically, worries them about EHRs, respondents
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