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Beyond the Buzz: ‘Tis the Season to Get Social

December 19, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

With less than a week to Christmas Day, it’s still not too late to add some festive cheer to your healthcare social media marketing. In today’s article I will share ten tips to build holiday cheer into your healthcare social media marketing and get your audience in the holiday mood.[read more]

Will 2015 Be the Breakout Year for mHealth?

December 19, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Harry Leider

While on the one hand, many are proclaiming 2015 to be the year that mHealth finally becomes mainstream, the opening day keynote at the mHealth Summit last week at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center seemed to suggest we are in the trough of disillusionment.[read more]

Nearly All US Hospitals Use Social Media: Now What?  

December 17, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Virtually all US hospitals now have a social media presence, with widespread adoption having increased significantly in the past few years. But a recent study suggests that hospitals are continuing to search how best to realize a meaningful purpose and payoff from social media.[read more]

Navigating Cancer Faster

December 16, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

For most cancers, there are no longer “one-size-fits-all” treatment plans. And at the recent American Society of Hematology meeting in San Francisco, we heard not only that this is changing but that it is changing quickly. I almost feel sorry for the growing ranks of “nurse navigators” who will have many long nights studying just to keep up.[read more]

Intelligent Insights on mHealth, Wearable Devices and Consumer Behaviors

December 15, 2014 by Bill Crounse

wearable device / shutterstock

I was invited to mHealth to provide a keynote at a side meeting organized by the Intelligent Health Association. Association founder Harry Pappas and his team deserve kudos for organizing a truly stellar line-up of educational topics and for delivering a sizeable audience for the participating speaker and panelist presentations.[read more]

Add Interactivity to Your YouTube Channel: Annotate!

December 15, 2014 by Michael Sherman

More than 1 billion unique users view the over 6 billion hours of video streaming each month on top video portal YouTube — and it’s not all fun and games! Serious businesses like hospitals have leveraged the channel to distribute non-static content, enhancing brand reach and personality by targeting everyday people searching for infotainment.[read more]

Steps for Attracting Patient Participants in Clinical Trials

December 14, 2014 by Dan Stempel

attracting a patient

Often, expensive delays for new drugs or grant denials are based on a lack of quality patient participation. In a world of smartphones and constant contact, finding ways to modernize the process is a fundamental necessity. The undeniable fact is that without buy-in from patients, even the best trials won't succeed.[read more]

Accessible Home Health Care: A Major Opportunity In 2015

December 11, 2014 by David Avitabile

home healthcare

As a new healthcare economy evolves in the United States, new opportunities are emerging in technology-driven sectors. Accessible home health care has become achievable for many Americans thanks to new advances in telemedicine, wearable medical devices, GPS and Wifi-enabled technologies.[read more]

#HCSM Tweet Chat Founder Dana Lewis [PODCAST]

December 8, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dana Lewis

Meet Dana Lewis, the founder of one of the most popular healthcare tweet chats, #HCSM. Dana, who has recently started a new job at Providence Health & Services, founded the first healthcare tweet-chat which often has over 1,800 tweets generated during the hour-long chat on Sunday nights at 8:00pm Central time.[read more]

Could Telepsych Replace Therapists?

December 6, 2014 by Abby Norman

Telepsychology?

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid proposed adding codes to cover telepsych services including routine visits, consultations and psychiatric assessments completed via telehealth services. The field of telepsychiatry has become a hot zone for start-ups.[read more]

Can You Own a Hashtag?

December 6, 2014 by Colleen Young

health hashtag / shutterstock

Recently, I was questioned on Twitter whether someone could own a hashtag. This led to my thinking about hashtags and hashtag communities. There’s an important distinction here. One is a tool. The other is a group of people who share a strong common interest, form relationships and interact online around a hashtag, such as #hcsmca.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: Doctors Who Blog - An Interview with Dr. Brian Stork

December 5, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

I recently interviewed urologist Dr. Brian Stork - whose eponymous blog is a blend of digital health, social media, urology and bee-keeping - on the reason he blogs and if he has any advice to offer healthcare professionals who wish to blog too.[read more]