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Ebola: Chronicle of a Debacle Foretold

October 24, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Ebola

Ebola is a harrowing disaster in West Africa, killing thousands and leaving devastated families in its wake. Ebola is a surreal debacle in America. No one should be surprised. Ebola followed the same path in each place—the path of indifference and hubris. No one, except Doctors Without Borders, cared enough. In Africa, Atlanta or Dallas.[read more]

Cancer Social Media: A Story of Wins and Losses

October 24, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

social media 

Social media that connects me to other people with cancer—especially the specific cancers I have dealt with—has been a godsend to me. But I have felt pain in online social media, too. And lately, in the groups I follow, there has been a lot. Between the wins and losses, there can be hope, even confidence, but there can be uncertainty, too.[read more]

The Effectiveness of SEO vs. PPC in Physician Marketing Plans

October 24, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

SEO vs. PPC

Two of the most widely discussed online marketing strategies are SEO and PPC. Is one of these strategies more effective than the other? In a revealing case study, MD Connect conducted an empirical analysis to answer just that question.[read more]

Utilization Review vs. Utilization Management

October 24, 2014 by Abby Norman

Although the two terms are often used in the same way and to mean more or less the same thing in healthcare, the two concepts of Utilization Review and Utilization Management are subtly different. Understanding how they differ can help to improve communication around the subject.[read more]

Social Media Safety: Virtual Connections Provide Realtime Results

October 23, 2014 by Michael Sherman

social media and natural disasters

Natural disasters including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes or even pandemics like the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia can change lives forever. Fortunately, today’s social media tech can bring peace of mind with just a few quick clicks.[read more]

Are ACOs Just the Managed Care of the 90's?

October 23, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACO

A major theory driving the criticism of Accountable Care is that ACOs are, in fact, just a glamorized version of the Managed Care Organizations of the 1980s and 1990s which, historically, didn’t work as intended and therefore would be a mistake to bring back into circulation.[read more]

Beyond Ebola: Doximity and Doctors Without Borders Work to Fight Infectious Disease

October 23, 2014 by Doximity Blog

Ebola

Doximity and Doctors Without Borders have begun working to recruit physicians for field operations, starting with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) projects. MSF is able to access advanced search tools on Doximity’s platform of 300,000+ US physicians to find the best candidates to fill their most pressing roles.[read more]

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How to Secure Data in Healthcare

October 23, 2014 by Rick Deglado

securing health data

Recent headlines of data security breaches at large corporations and system bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock have reminded us of the importance of proper network security. While we often equate these problems with banks or large retailers, we forget one of the most important, yet vulnerable, industries to these types of attacks - healthcare.[read more]

The Healthcare Hashtag Project: #Ebola

October 23, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Tom Lee, Co-Founder of Symplur

Get Social Health had a conversation with Tom Lee, Co-Founder of Symplur, about the reasons the Healthcare Hashtag Project was created. We also chatted about hashtag bombing, tracking specific healthcare conversations and the use of hashtags in conversations about Ebola.[read more]

Collaborative Expertise in Healthcare

October 22, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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I entitled this post “Collaborative Expertise” in deference to Syd Finkelstein’s post entitled “The Problem with Relying on Experts.” He makes the point that although we frequently rely on experts, for example, regarding Ebola, the Secret Service, and the financial collapse of 2008, the experts are frequently wrong.[read more]

A Quick Guide to the Marketplace Open Enrollment – Begins Nov 15

October 22, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

2015 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is right around the corner for the Marketplace. Are you prepared? Do you know what changes are slated for 2015? Do you know the specifics for your state? Do you have the option to keep the same coverage as you had in 2014?[read more]

Challenges of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Require More Allies

October 22, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use is a vital component to the initiative since it, as the U.S. government defines, “intends to increase health information exchange between providers and promote patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.”[read more]

Top mHealth Apps for September

October 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

We’ve run the numbers and put together a list of the top five iOS and Android health and medical apps for September, both paid and unpaid. These mhealth and medical apps offer everything from tracking medical information, getting or staying in shape, consulting with physicians, and even helping others.[read more]

Health-Focused Wearables: Can Innovators, Providers, and Insurers Work Together?

October 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice, where he oversees market research for emerging technology, gives us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making.[read more]