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Health literacy: Once we get our data, will we know what to do with it?

March 4, 2014 6:41 am by | 13 Comments

In looking at the healthcare data solutions that were all around him at HIMSS 2014 last week, Colin Hung asked the next logical question: It finally hit me when I…


Heartbleed update: Here are the passwords you should change due to massive security flaw

Heartbleed update: Here are the passwords you should change due to massive security flaw

April 12, 2014 11:52 am by | 0 Comments

The Heartbleed security flaw was fixed in the newest version of OpenSSL, but you should still change your passwords on all of the sites affected by the bug. If you’re still not sure which…


The ultimate in DIY mental healthcare: Running the Trouble Coffee cafe

The ultimate in DIY mental healthcare: Running the Trouble Coffee cafe

April 8, 2014 12:58 pm by | 0 Comments

This American Life always has compelling and unusual stories – even my 9-year-old son will stay in the car to listen, even if we’ve reached our destination but the tale…



Which healthcare CIOs are the most active on Twitter? Here are 10 you should follow

Which healthcare CIOs are the most active on Twitter? Here are 10 you should follow

April 2, 2014 8:40 pm by | 0 Comments

In Huffington Post’s second edition of the most active chief information officers on Twitter, healthcare raised its profile. IT folks across healthcare nonprofits and health systems accounted for 8 percent…


Facebook group ‘I f*cking love science’ gets its own TV show

Facebook group ‘I f*cking love science’ gets its own TV show

March 10, 2014 11:28 am by | 0 Comments

A Facebook page called “I f*cking love science” has amassed over 10 million fans with a bombastic curiosity about the natural world. Soon, that group will be able to tune in…


Are there healthcare social media insights from Viralheat’s addition of Zendesk?

Are there healthcare social media insights from Viralheat’s addition of Zendesk?

March 9, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Enterprise social management platform Viralheat seems to be playing nicely with a lot of new friends — it has just added Zendesk integration after recently partnering with Salesforce. “We incorporated…


How social media could improve the care of patients with atrial fibrillation

How social media could improve the care of patients with atrial fibrillation

March 5, 2014 6:40 am by | 1 Comments

 How can social media improve AF patient and provider interaction? It was an honor to speak at the seventh annual Western AF symposium this past weekend in Park City Utah….


It had to happen: The first TV commercial for “pot doctors”

It had to happen: The first TV commercial for “pot doctors”

March 3, 2014 6:07 pm by | 0 Comments

I hesitated to write about this because of the icky drug dealer stereotype in this ad, but the web site is irresistable. Of course we need MarijuanaDoctors.com: “The only service…



HIMSS bars reporters from covering Hillary Clinton keynote: Here were the most memorable tweets

HIMSS bars reporters from covering Hillary Clinton keynote: Here were the most memorable tweets

February 26, 2014 6:02 pm by | 5 Comments

Although reporters were officially barred from covering Hillary Clinton’s keynote at HIMSS, that didn’t stop most people from tweeting the event.


Don’t wait for the @US_FDA to start #winning with social media

Don’t wait for the @US_FDA to start #winning with social media

February 23, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Social media has been around for 10 years, yet it is still an onerous initiative for many life science organizations. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies are waiting for the FDA…


Journalist snags $1.7M to make it easier to find social media influencers

Journalist snags $1.7M to make it easier to find social media influencers

February 15, 2014 12:08 pm by | 0 Comments

As a data journalist, Marshall Kirkpatrick used a systematic, data-driven approach to identify sources who would be likely to break news in the future. He liked that method so much it…


Social media and chronic disease: 5 lingering challenges to widespread use

Social media and chronic disease: 5 lingering challenges to widespread use

January 30, 2014 5:19 pm by | 1 Comments

Message boards, blogs and social networks could empower more people to change their unhealthy behaviors and better manage chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity if they overcome a few key…


Clever Facebook campaign uses Photoshop + fake events to create Alzheimer’s experience

Clever Facebook campaign uses Photoshop + fake events to create Alzheimer’s experience

January 28, 2014 5:06 pm by | 2 Comments

It was a month-long campaign to give average people a glimpse into what it’s like to have Alheimer’s disease — if only for a moment.


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…


How big is HIMSS14? Check out these 13 conference personas

How big is HIMSS14? Check out these 13 conference personas

January 21, 2014 2:20 pm by | 0 Comments

Now that CES is over, HIMSS14 is the next big event on the horizon. Entrepreneurs and big healthcare companies have started sending interview requests and I’m sure everyone from Illinois…


YouTube joins the campaign to get young invincibles to sign up for healthcare

YouTube joins the campaign to get young invincibles to sign up for healthcare

January 16, 2014 2:12 pm by | 1 Comments

At Wednesday’s FamiliesUSA news conference about state health insurance exchanges, the people leading these efforts spoke as smartly about marketing as about platinum, gold, silver and bronze plans and sign-ups…