The age of digitzed medicine is here. But for all its promises of simplifying doctors' visits, the technology also risks alienating the very people it's meant to help.
The HITECH Act, part of the 2009 federal stimulus bill, has been the final kick in the pants that U.S. health care has long needed to make the conversion to digital. The act states that, by employing electronic health records (EHRs) in a fashion known as meaningful use, doctors are individually
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
This is the rough narrative of a presentation delivered at Stanford’s Medicine X on September 30, 2012I’m convinced I was born at just the right time in history. I was trained as an analog physician but I’m a witness to medicine’s digital transformation. It’s really a remarkable time to be in medicine. And one of the key forces behind this transformation is information. What I’d like to talk about is how information is changing doctors and how we might begin to react.Not long ago I was treating a boy with ulcerative colitis who developed a complication of UC called sclerosing cholangitis. This is a condition where there’s autoimmune activity
For sticking it to fraudulent pharmaceutical sellers. Sproxil has developed a game-changing approach to help eliminate the fake drugs that kill more than 700,000 people around the world each year. When patients receive their medications, they simply scratch off a sticker label to reveal a code, then text it to Sproxil, which verifies its authenticity. Last year, the company crossed the 2-million-use threshold and launched a partnership with IBM to analyze customer data so they could discern drug-counterfeiting patterns. Sproxil has since expanded to several other fields in need of product verification, from agricultural goods to auto parts.For
NEWS THAT the small Scottish island of Jura had taken to social media to recruit a GP made headlines in the UK earlier this month after the ad was posted on a Facebook page entitled Perfect Practice: Idyllic Island GP vacancy.According to the ad ( facebook.com/PerfectPracticeJura), the islanders are “looking for a doctor to run the medical practice on the beautiful Island of Jura. The Jura community of 200 want to find a candidate who will love the island, as well as look after their health.”The amount of attention received by this rather unconventional but innovative approach to GP recruitment is testament to the increasing growth of social
I read a few months ago that the number of available iPhone apps had exceeded a million, with new apps now appearing that are intended to help sort through the mountain of other apps. We have reached the age of meta-apps. Parenthetically, I have always loved that “meta”concept. In college, when people asked why I majored in philosophy despite the fact that I was pre-med, I explained that my intention was to become a meta-physician.
In any case, there are now many thousands of medical apps, and the number seems to be growing arithmetically! (Perhaps it was exponential at first, but I suspect the viral replication phase for apps has peaked,
In our continuing efforts to bring you many different voices in the Internet and social media marketing world we decided to ask one of the leading experts in the field of social media and healthcare, Greg Matthews of WCG, a few questions about this interesting and complicated corner of social media.
The healthcare field is in a constant struggle regarding patient privacy, HIPPA regulations and more because it is dealing with some of the most personal issues possible. If information about helath issues are made public
I heard a variation of that quote when interviewing people for the patient-provider communication chapter of the book I’ve been co-editing and writing for HIMSS with Jan Oldenburg, Brad Tritle and Kate Christensen. For the organizations who’ve pushed patient portals the furthest into their patient base, email is always the place where things started. In other words, email is the gateway drug for patient engagement which Leonard Kish called the blockbuster “drug” of the century.Physicians are understandably concerned about being overwhelmed by emails if they provide an option for secure messaging. As healthcare transforms, financial incentives
With so much professional information and commentary posted by physicians and others in the social media realm, is there a potential for identity theft or misrepresentation? Social media experts say yes.Social media identity fraud is definitely a concern to me, especially as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest become more mainstream, said Michael Sevilla, MD, a Youngstown, Ohio, family physician and social media enthusiast who founded the Family Medicine Rocks website and podcast. Dr. Sevilla said he has had blog content copied and reposted without his permission on other websites. In at least one instance, he said, the site that took the
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Healthcare Social Media Review! I’ve been incredibly inspired by the wonderful work that’s been submitted on the subject of “Innovative Uses of Social Media By and For Physicians.” As you’ll see, there’s some great new work from some folks who are likely familiar to you, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some new voices here as well. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best of the best:
To begin, John Mandrola‘s piece, “
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