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
Lawmakers, doctors and journalists send out tweets by the millions on health care and health reform — but the three groups don’t have the same take on Twitter, according to a new analysis.Botox comes up a lot more among doctors. Pfizer and Merck pop up among a sampling of health journalists. And Medicare dominates lawmakers’ health tweets — occurring more frequently than unemployment, abortion or even Obamacare. Medicaid expansion also scored big in recent months.“Medicare is a hugely political subject. I think every congressman was using every outlet they had,” said Greg Matthews with the communications firm WCG, which analyzed about 2.5 million
Carol Torgan, a health science strategist, points out that anyone who makes note of their blood pressure, weight, or menstrual cycle could be categorized as a “self-tracker.”10 Add an online component, and you have the ingredients for a social health application or an electronic health record. Our survey finds that 15% of internet users have tracked their weight, diet, or exercise routine online. In addition, 17% of internet users have tracked any other health indicators or symptoms online. Fully 27% of adult internet users say yes to either question.
Susannah Fox is an Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization which studies the social impact of the internet. She has contributed to this blog since its inception, before its affiliation with the Society for Participatory Medicine, and is not a member of the Society. Follow her on Twitter: @SusannahFoxSurvey data is a snapshot of a population, a moment captured in numbers, like vital signs: height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, etc. People build trend lines and watch for changes, shifting strategies as they make educated guesses about what’s going on. What’s holding steady?
Crowdfunding—the new, hip way to raise money for early-stage technologies and interesting projects—has found a happy home in the world of high-tech, where many people are eager to experiment with new models and new approaches.
The founders of MedStartr, a crowdfunding platform for medical technologies, say that it will. On the 4th of July, the site will go live, with dozens of health-related technologies and services looking for benefactors.
“Working with start-ups, I’ve seen a big bottleneck when it comes to getting funded and getting on the market. If patients could get involved, and
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, “
For whatever reason – whether it’s budget, time, buy-in or understanding – healthcare hasn’t fully embraced social media. But luckily the ePatient movement has already—perhaps unknowingly—done the grunt work and outlined the tenets of realizing social media’s value in healthcare. Patient engagement thought leaders, such as Dave deBronkart (@ePatientDave), have been indirectly driving home the values of optimal social media use for quite some time.In the following Perspectives by Fenton + TEDMED video, ePatientDave with commentary from James Merlino, Chief Experience Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, outline the “5 Es of the ePatient,” which parallel
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