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Beyond the Buzz: Live-Tweeting the Medicine X Experience

September 19, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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Live-tweeting a healthcare conference is a way to socialize your event, share knowledge and expand community, but like so much in social media there is a world of difference between doing it and doing it well. Follow my tips to get the most from your next live-tweeting experience.[read more]

How Merck's Jain is Helping Pharma Catch up to the Digital Health Movement

September 18, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Jain is Catching Merck Up

Dr. Sachin Jain is a very good example of how pharma is leveraging digital technologies to improve how treatments are developed and delivered to patients. He joined Merck in 2012 as its chief medical information and innovation officer charged with pairing with health systems.[read more]

Are Those Cute Baby Pictures in the Doctor's Office Offending HIPAA?

September 18, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Pictures and Privacy

Baby pictures have a nearly universal “human touch” appeal. On the social media scale of cuteness, engagement and share-ability, babies, kids and grandkids are at the top. But evidently “cute” has its limits when baby pictures are publically posted, as they commonly are, in doctors’ offices.[read more]

Why Outsourcing Your IRO Is a Good Idea

September 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

Outsourcing IROs

In any industry there are times when an outside perspective is the difference between progress and an impasse. In healthcare, where the bottom line of can be at odds with the wants and needs of the patients and payers, a third-party perspective can help to untangle the web of miscommunication.[read more]

Veterans and mHealth: A Sensible Patient Engagement Strategy

September 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Patient Engagement

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been taking it on the chin of late with allegations (and proof) of delayed appointments and care at some facilities, and charges that these delays have led to poor outcomes and even death. This is most likely caused by poor administration rather than poor care.[read more]

Entrepreneurs Hacking Healthcare [PODCAST]

September 15, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs that create an environment to share ideas, form teams and launch startups - all in a 54 hour weekend! Startup Weekend hosts over 1,000 weekend events annually around the globe focused on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities.[read more]

Interoperability of Electronic Health Data: Is It Time to Herd Unicorns in a New Direction?

September 12, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Time for EMR?

There has been the considerable uptick in the use of EMRs since 2009 due to the investment of federal dollars. I would have to say, however, that the health industry is far from achieving any significant degree of meaningful interoperability between or among hospital and physician record keeping systems.[read more]

OCR Audits: The Skinny

September 11, 2014 by David Harlow

Old-school medical records / shutterstock

Linda Sanches, Senior Advisor, Health Information Privacy, at OCR, DHHS, spoke with Tom Sullivan (@GovHITeditor) at the HIMSS Media #HITprivacy and security conference in Boston on September 9, 2014 about OCR HIPAA compliance audits. See the Storify after the jump.[read more]

Turning Intranets Social for Healthcare

September 11, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

Social intranet

One of the many complexities of healthcare is balancing priorities to achieve business goals: how to treat patients as patients, not customers. How to meet technical, business, and clinical needs all at the same time. How to achieve provider and patient engagement, how to deliver a higher quality of care at a lower cost...the list goes on.[read more]

3 Ways Physicians Can Increase Their Social Media Following

September 11, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

social media 

Social media is like a garden: It needs constant tending to grow and if it is neglected, it dies. Adding a social media element to your marketing campaign can be exciting, confusing, fun, and frustrating all at the same time. Here are three ways physicians and marketers can actively pursue a larger social media audience.[read more]

How Meetup Can Magnify Your Hospital's Public Presence

September 10, 2014 by Michael Sherman

Looking to maximize exposure for a signature procedure your facility is performing? Trying to alert the local community about a special service you provide? Attempting to increase awareness for a local charity you sponsor? Meetup is a superlative marketing venue that places you directly in front an interested, involved audience.[read more]

Will 2015 Be mHealth's Coming Out Party?

September 10, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

HealthKit

By now you’ve heard about Apple’s HealthKit announcement, which involved not only Apple, but Mayo Clinic and Epic. I’ve been watching for signs of connected health adoption that will move us into the steep part of the curve. I have to wonder, with announcements from several huge consumer companies recently, if that time is coming.[read more]