What does Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus mean for virtual reality in medicine?

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What does Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus mean for virtual reality in medicine?

April 2, 2014 2:01 pm by | 0 Comments

Telemedicine pioneer Dr. Jay Sanders is pretty jazzed about Facebook’s move to acquire virtual reality company, Oculus, for $2 billion. Why? It could lead to telemedicine becoming more widely adopted. The conference call about the deal prompted this key quote from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg:


Hospital marketers — changes to Facebook Pages will give you more metrics

Hospital marketers — changes to Facebook Pages will give you more metrics

May 6, 2014 7:11 am by | 0 Comments

Facebook Page owners can now see who is watching their videos – and for how long. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media giant has announced a slew of upgrades and updates…


Facebook buys Moves exercise app + pedometer built by Finnish startup

Facebook buys Moves exercise app + pedometer built by Finnish startup

April 24, 2014 9:40 am by | 0 Comments

Facebook just bought itself an exercise app. Moves, a popular exercise app and pedometer, has been acquired by Facebook. The app will live on, according to a blog post released by…



TED takes over Facebook Paper’s ‘Ideas’ section with exclusive content

TED takes over Facebook Paper’s ‘Ideas’ section with exclusive content

March 17, 2014 3:13 pm by | 0 Comments

Facebook Paper, the giant social network’s attempt at a standalone news feed app, is devoting an entire category of content to this week’s TED 2014 conference in Vancouver. The move…


This app will put your Facebook and Twitter relationships to work — for your company, that is

This app will put your Facebook and Twitter relationships to work — for your company, that is

February 18, 2014 12:56 pm by | 0 Comments

Percolate knows your online friends are marketing gold. Three years ago, Percolate launched to help brands create better content. The startup’s first app set out to solve an efficiency problem…


ACA success stories social media campaign: Healthcare marketing hit or miss?

ACA success stories social media campaign: Healthcare marketing hit or miss?

January 28, 2014 4:36 pm by | 2 Comments

Remember Chad Henderson – the hero for journalists who were hungry for health insurance exchange success stories when the site first launched in October? Now that many of the kinks…


Healthcare social media review #44: Antagonism edition

Healthcare social media review #44: Antagonism edition

January 8, 2014 7:29 am by | 0 Comments

It’s pretty darn cold outside. Therefore not a bad opportunity to stay inside and write about social media. A number of our posts this time around focus on doctor ratings…


Silicon Valley to Washington: Healthcare.gov should have started small

Silicon Valley to Washington: Healthcare.gov should have started small

October 18, 2013 2:14 pm by | 0 Comments

NPR got Silicon Valley’s take on Healthcare.gov, and asked what those tech entrepreneurs would have done differently with the federal healthcare insurance exchanges. Their answer? Start small. “It’s not as…



FDA plans to use $43K a year on Twitter, Facebook. This sequestration spend outrages some Republicans

FDA plans to use $43K a year on Twitter, Facebook. This sequestration spend outrages some Republicans

September 20, 2013 5:32 pm by | 2 Comments

The FDA could spend up to $182,000 over the next four years on its social media plans. The money goes to IB5k, which helped President Obama with his first campaign…


Social media groups on Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention, testing

Social media groups on Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention, testing

September 4, 2013 5:04 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Groups on the popular networking site Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention and testing, a new study suggests. Researchers found that specially-created Facebook…


Hashtag your health: Building a health record with likes, shares and check-ins

Hashtag your health: Building a health record with likes, shares and check-ins

August 23, 2013 11:40 am by | 7 Comments

Set your status. Check in with your symptoms. Share photos. Tag parts of the body. Hashtag to join conversations. Personiform‘s Project Medyear combines Twitter and Google Plus with a political…


Cancer survivor wins battle to share post-mastectomy photos on Facebook

Cancer survivor wins battle to share post-mastectomy photos on Facebook

June 13, 2013 2:28 pm by | 0 Comments

Shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Scorchy Barrington came upon her first post-mastectomy photo. The image, one in a series of unflinching portraits at The SCAR Project (thescarproject.org),…


A deep dive into digital conversations about cancer finds big gaps in online dialogue

A deep dive into digital conversations about cancer finds big gaps in online dialogue

May 30, 2013 11:59 am by | 0 Comments

A new healthcare social media project is tracking digital conversations about cancer and finding huge gaps in what’s being talked about online and what’s actually ailing America. The MDigital Life…


Is limited social media guidance from FDA resulting in more violations for pharma?

Is limited social media guidance from FDA resulting in more violations for pharma?

April 3, 2013 3:36 pm by | 1 Comments

While the lack of FDA guidance on social media has kept some medical companies away from online channels where patients are gathering. But that fear may not be as real as previously thought, according to a new white paper.


Mark Zuckerberg hires lobbyists to win immigration reform changes

Mark Zuckerberg hires lobbyists to win immigration reform changes

March 30, 2013 10:32 am by | 0 Comments

Mark Zuckerberg: Billionaire, social network tycoon, and now, activist. Last week the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Facebook CEO was planning his own advocacy group, and now a new report from Politco says the group…


Who manages social media at hospitals? Survey says it’s still a part-time effort for most (infographic)

Who manages social media at hospitals? Survey says it’s still a part-time effort for most (infographic)

March 11, 2013 1:19 pm by | 8 Comments

While as many as 90 percent of hospitals use social media, it’s still a part-time effort for most of them, according to a survey of small and large hospitals, and…