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Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media: Lee Aase [PODCAST]

November 24, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Lee Aase

Lee Aase defines the friendly part of social media. Lee is knowledgeable about communications, public relations and healthcare social media. He takes pleasure in sharing his experiences from his own team members at the Mayo Clinic to the global stage as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda on Social Media.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]

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Prioritizing Security in the Era of Healthcare BYOD

November 24, 2014 by Rick Deglado

Too many institutions leave patient data vulnerable and their organizations open to future lawsuits. As BYOD grows in popularity, administrators need to go the extra mile in prioritizing security. Only then can they feel safe knowing healthcare workers have access to everything they need from their personal devices.[read more]

The Compelling Case for Doctors to Warmly Embrace Social Media

November 23, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Internet-related communications channels have become, for most medical practices, a primary means to reach, engage and attract new patients. In short, a doctor’s marketing and new business development efforts will be most productive when “fishing where the fish are biting.” But…few doctors embrace the social media opportunity.[read more]

Hot Off the Presses: URAC Specialty Pharmacy Updates

November 22, 2014 by Abby Norman

URAC pharmacy update

URAC accreditation is highly coveted, especially when it comes to Specialty Pharmacy. As such, URAC recently released Revised Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation standards! Here are five steps to achieving and maintaining URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation.[read more]

Doctor Discipline: Resources for Judging Quality in Health Care

November 21, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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When we display prices for medical treatments, inevitably the question of quality comes up. Since price and quality are both hidden from public view in health care, we are always excited to see some source — any source — of quality information. One source: doctor disciplinary listings.[read more]

Are Millennials Born That Way? Survey on ePatients

November 21, 2014 by Casey Quinlan

Survey results

The millennial generation has grown up with digital tools and instant access to information. I seriously doubt that they're going to be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous wait times, or outrageous balance billing, when they seek medical care.[read more]

Your Hospital Social Media Benchmark: How Do You Rank?

November 21, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

For the second consecutive year, Mayo Clinic has landed the top spot on the NurseJournal.org list of the Top 100 Most Social Media Friendly Hospitals for 2014. Over 800 facilities were indexed, pulling Facebook and Twitter stats to determine which are “doing the best job of connecting with their patients through social media.”[read more]

High Drama in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

November 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A few days before I wrote this, a patient had a complication in my office. I have discussed on this blog the distinction between a complication, which is a blameless event, and a negligent act. In my experience, most lawsuits are initiated against complications or adverse medical outcomes, neither of which are the result of medical negligence.[read more]

Make Your Hospital's Digital Experience Mom-Friendly

November 20, 2014 by Michael Sherman

mHealth

When it comes to running the household, it's often mom who calls the shots. This is especially true for important healthcare decisions. It should come as no surprise that the smartphone revolution has made Mom even smarter, as she takes increased advantage of paperless media to create electronic records of her family.[read more]

Collaborative Innovation: A Decade in Perspective

November 20, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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At the Healthcare Roundtable last month, I had the pleasure of speaking about work that I facilitated at a West-coast community hospital. The need for the work arose from the hospital’s needing to build a new facility to remain in seismic compliance with CA Senate Bill 1953.[read more]

Telemedicine Market Shows Strong Growth Due to Healthcare Changes

November 19, 2014 by David Avitabile

Telemedicine

In a report from global market research company IHS, telemedicine, which is defined as "the use of medical devices and communication technology together to monitor diseases and symptoms," is predicted to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate of more than 56 percent between 2013 and 2018.[read more]