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Why Physicians Are Afraid of Social Media and Why They Shouldn't Be

January 28, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Although more than 35 percent of American consumers research health conditions online before calling their doctor, many physicians are reluctant to market their services online. The reasons they give are as numerous as physicians themselves. However, we'll debunk a few of the more common ones.[read more]

Accountability for Risk Management and Cybersecurity in Healthcare Institutions

January 28, 2015 by Shahid Shah

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Information Security in general has historically been seen as something that the organization’s CISO (or equivalent) is responsible for. In reality, the Information Security department often doesn’t have the resources or the ability (regardless of resources) to be the owners or be ultimately “accountable” or “responsible” for information security.[read more]

Avoiding Meaningful Use Penalties

January 27, 2015 by Andy Salmen

If you are a Medicare eligible provider, you are undoubtedly aware of the requirements for attesting to meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR) in your medical practice or hospital. There are consequences for failing to attest to Stage 1, and problems facing those who are now entering Stage 2 of MU.[read more]

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Big Data, Small Insights and Incalculable Benefits for Patients

January 27, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

Every day I hear commentary about how exciting big data is in all its glory and the plentiful applications it has in helping improve people’s health. And it does. But amidst all this big data and excitement over the depths of analysis it can provide, it’s important to remember the value of smaller scale, more qualitative research.[read more]

Interview with Sailesh Chutani, CEO of Mobisante

January 27, 2015 by Tim Gee

Mobisante ultrasound system

My first exposure to Mobisante and their disruptive diagnostic ultrasound system was the mHealth Summit in November of 2010. I recently got Sailesh Chutani, co-founder and CEO of Mobisante, on the phone and we discussed their product strategy — a software based diagnostic ultrasound that runs on a variety of consumer electronics platforms.[read more]

Building a Brand Journalism Team: Michael Yoder [PODCAST]

January 26, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Michael Yoder

It started with a desire to connect with people via social media and platforms like LinkedIn. As a result of his early adopter experience, Michael Yoder ended up at Spectrum Health guiding the digital communications efforts. He has helped Spectrum Health transition from a traditional communications department to a Brand Journalism team.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: A Practical Guide to Building an Online Healthcare Community

January 23, 2015 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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Social media has accelerated the growth of community, allowing people to come together regardless of time or place. To attract an online audience you need to consistently create and curate useful content. People will come for the content, but they will stay for the community.[read more]

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Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Paranoia, or a Tangible Threat?

January 23, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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When the US Food and Drug Administrationin October 2014 released a nine-page document of guidelines on how to manage the risk of cybersecurity in medical devices, many believed that the step was too little too late. The danger of hacking into hospital equipment is a problem that needs to be tackled right at the prototype and design stage.[read more]

Text-to-911 Availability Has Important mHealth Implications

January 22, 2015 by Christina Thielst

Text-to-911

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken another step toward a 911 system that fits with how Americans are communicating. The new rules, adopted Aug. 8, will make Text-to-911more uniformly available by the end of 2014 —and this has important mHealth implications.[read more]

Rewards Help Majority of Consumers Overcome Health Data Concerns

January 21, 2015 by Michael Dermer

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For consumers, the new digital health lifestyle comes with one string attached: They may be required to share a lot more personal information so the issue of digital trust has come to the forefront. Personalized health data not only has value to consumers, but also to health plans, health systems, providers, employers, governments and retailers[read more]

2015: The Year of Interactive Television for Patients by Patients

January 18, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

interactive TV for patients

At Patient Power, our plan is to stream many of our programs on video live and where patients can ask questions or make comments in text or on their webcam. Leading experts in a condition—whether they be researchers, providers, or experienced patients or care partners—will be in real-time conversation with others in the community.[read more]

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Crowdsourcing Citizen Superheroes

January 16, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

PulsePoint

PulsePoint is a new smartphone app and dispatch service that connects nearby CPR-trained first responders to victims in real-time. First responders who opt-in to the free service are alerted to the emergency by push notification on their iOS or Android smartphone and are directed to the scene.[read more]