Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the floodgates are open: Please submit your posts for the upcoming sophomore outing of HealthCare Social Media Review -- the blog carnival for health care social media, featuring the most recent fortnight's crème de la crème of blog posts on the topic. (Follow the link for submission instructions via web form or via email to david AT harlowgroup DOT net.)
We'll focus on privacy and security issues, but other topical submissions are welcome as well. Just get everything in by 6 pm ET on Monday April 16 (earlier, if you'd like to be kind to your humble HealthBlawger).
Through the alchemy of the interwebs, the posts you submit will be transformed into golden flax, woven together into a seamless thing of beauty -- and you will count yourselves lucky to read it right here next Wednesday morning, April 18.
Tell your friends and neighbors, and we'll reconvene at HealthBlawg just a few short days from now . . . for the one, the only, HCSM Review #2.
While the HealthBlawger is generally loath to republish press releases, the source for the presser reproduced below is, well, the HealthBlawger himself. With such impeccable provenance, we need make no further apologies ....
HealthCare SocialMedia Review - A New Blog Carnival - To Launch In April
David Harlow (aka HealthBlawg), health care lawyer, HWC advisory panel member and the other co-founder of HCSMR, continued:
The #hcsm tweetchat moderated by Dana Lewis and the community built by Lee Aase through the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media are two examples of the many ways in which those of us who are involved in health care social media are able to interact, share best practices and new developments, and learn from each other. By adding a blog carnival to the mix, we hope to increase the sharing of long-form thoughts on the opportunities and challenges associated with health care social media.
Justice noted, “All are welcome to submit blog posts for consideration to each edition’s host. HCSM will be posted every other week -- alternating weeks with Health Wonk Review. And for the uninitiated: a blog carnival is an anthology, an on-line journal club for bloggers, hosted by a different blogger each time.”
Details on hosting, submission guidelines, Justice and Harlow bios and more are available on the HCSMR home page.
Health care social media is of consequence in its own right, but also as a tool to implement or leverage other initiatives, across the spectrum of health care innovation today, including participatory medicine, accountable care organizations, mHealth and others. We look forward to your participation in the HealthCare SocialMedia Review blog carnival as contributors, hosts and engaged readers/commenters. See you April 4, at the inaugural edition, on HealthWorks Collective.
I am speaking today at the American Health Lawyers Association annual meeting on the uses of social media by attorneys. I am sharing two versions of my slides from this session: one that is text-rich and full of useful links, and one that is much nicer to look at and more engaging for a live audience. Enjoy one or both, and let me know what you think in the comments. If you are off-site, please tweet a shout-out to me @healthblawg tagged #AHLABoston a little after 3 p.m. ET, so we can show the folks in Boston the reach of Twitter, and let us know where you're tweeting from.
For those of you in Boston today – whether you're at the AHLA conference or not – we are having a tweetup after the social media sessions wrap up at 5:30 or so, at Brasserie Jo, a short walk from the conference hotel. Check out the details on the #AHLABostonTweetUP (and the social media sessions), and we hope to see many of the local health care digerati there. Please join us, whether you're a health care lawyer, whether you love 'em or hate 'em, or if you're involved in health care, health IT, health care social media or any related field of interest.
"Ed.," the anonymous editor of Blawg Review, has posted his 2010 Blawg Review roundup, featuring each of last year's hosts of the long-running law blog carnival, as well as a recent post from each host's blawg. He's soliciting nominations, votes, rants, diatribes and recommendations as the battle for Blawg Review of the Year 2010 begins. I humbly submit for your consideration Blawg Review #268, the fifth edition hosted here on HealthBlawg, themed in honor of Flag Day (which just might be related to battles, in a way).
I took the occasion of hosting the Flag Day Blawg Review to quote our predecessor at the bar, John Adams, who once said: "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
Well, to be honest, Adams never actually said that; his character did in 1776, the musical.
I've had the opportunity to meet Ed., in, well, OK, a bar, and in a bar he will be revealing the results of the Blawg Review of the Year 2010 showdown. Quoth he:
We're gonna need your help to choose which of those presentations will be named Blawg Review of the Year 2010. All this week, we'll be looking for feedback. By all means, blog about it, tweet about it [be sure to cc @blawgreview], or send private emails to ed @ blawgreview.com telling the editor who you think is most deserving of this honor. All such emails will be held in strictest confidence, if you like.
Blawg Review of the Year 2010 will be announced next Saturday, March 5th, at 7:00 pm Pacific time, live from Harry's Bar in San Francisco, where the Editor of Blawg Review and everyone who wants to attend can join us for a law blogger meetup. We will live-tweet the event, of course, and post the name of the Blawg Review of the Year 2010 as a final update to this post, as soon as it's announced.
Past winners have included Colin Samuels, Colin Samuels, Colin Samuels, Colin Samuels (OK, so he's obsessed with Dante; I get it; he eventually moved on to Coleridge, whose Rime of the Ancient Mariner was the subject of a footnote in the chapter of Moby-Dick I read last night -- really can't escape him) and Kevin Thompson. (Kevin moved from the classics to a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy themed "Towel Day" Blawg Review; my towel's in there, somewhere. "So long, and thanks for all the fish!" Reminds me of the albatross, Coleridge's Rime, and Colin Samuels again. Hmph.)
So check out the nominees, and let Ed. know what you really think of HealthBlawg, despite its recent dearth of allusions to the epic poem and humor/science fiction genres of literature. The HealthBlawger has other qualities, no?
The inaugural edition of The Benefits Package is up at Evan Falchuk's See First. It's a new employee health benefits blog carnival that merits your attention, as employers and other purchasers of health care services work to contain costs in a post-ACA world. Dig in, learn from the cadre of health care bloggers represented there, and join the conversation.
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a
shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." -- John Adams*
Welcome to the Flag Day 2010 edition of Blawg Review, the weekly law blog carnival. If you need to get your bearings, feel free to peruse previous HealthBlawg-hosted editions of Blawg Review: #88, #129, #154 and #211.
John Adams is a person of interest for this edition, because he made his home in Quincy, MA.
Quincy is a point of interest because not only did Adams give it to his son as a middle name, it also happens to be the home of the longest-running Flag Day parade and celebration in these United States. (It was rained out this year, but check out the, um, boring video of last year's parade.)
Quincy is also the home of the granite quarries that produced the Bunker Hill Monument, and that lay empty and then full of rainwater for years, inviting foolhardy divers -- many of whom died -- until the quarries were filled with dirt dug up from the Big Dig ... but I digress. The quarries also bring to mind The Quarrymen, but hey, that's probably grist for a whole 'nother post.
Back to Quincy and John Adams.
One of Adams' notable achievements for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts -- setting aside his many achievements on behalf of the US of A -- was drafting its Constitution, a document which predates the US Constitution, and served as its model in many respects. Dating from 1780, it is the world's oldest functioning constitution.
Given the recent doings of the Supremes, he may well be turning in his grave. Before penning the Massachusetts constitution, Adams put some patriots' noses out of joint by representing the redcoats implicated in the Boston Massacre. He had a strong belief in the right to counsel, a right (together with the right to avoid self-incrimination) that has recently taken a giant step backwards, courtesy of Justice Kennedy and, yes, Elena Kagan. Check out Scott Greenfield's post on Berghuis v. Thompkins at Simple Justice, and the Huffington Post piece that explicates the role of "The Tenth Justice" in significantly rolling back Miranda protections in this case. Once he got A Round Tuit at Infamy or Praise, Colin Samuels deftly compared the Court's logic to a couple of classic Monty Python sketches.
Adams once wrote, "National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." We haven't heard of any 18th-century waterboarding incidents under the watchful eye of the Continental Army, or on Adams' watch. They managed quite well without resorting to such tactics. This week, though, word has come out alleging secret human subject research at the hands of the CIA. More precisely, Steve Vladeck writes at PrawfsBlog, a report recently issued by Physicians for Human Rights calls for a US government investigation, because most of the information that could prove or disprove such an allegation is classified. (Unlike another recently reported claim against the CIA, the human subject research issue is far from frivolous.) Adams would be concerned. As he wrote, "a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
A great deal of virtual ink is spilled these days in examining the doings of Apple, Facebook and Twitter. Brad Burnham, a VC at Union Square Ventures, writes this week that he finds it helpful to think of these global web platforms as governments, rather than ecosystems -- and they aren't democracies. Adams found participation in democracy to be personally ruinous; upon accepting a seat in the Massachusetts legislature, he wrote to his wife Abigail the he had thereby "consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and the ruin of our children. I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate." One would think he would despair at the rise of the global corporations that are, in effect, an oligarchy -- at least within certain spheres of influence. (As I write this, my son is working on a school paper about Globalization: Promise or Peril.)
Over at Popehat, great gnashing of teeth is going on due to Rep. James ("Tex") Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) apparent conflict of interest in dealing with the BP oil spill. Late in life, John Adams was also fed up with what he saw played out on the public stage: "Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and
rather more personal abuse than there used to be... Our American
Chivalry is the worst in the world. It has no Laws, no bounds, no
definitions; it seems to be all a Caprice." While back in the day Adams probably had more to say about tea than about coffee, I thought I'd share this cautionary tale about a BP coffee spill.
Some would prefer to see Tex muzzled on this issue. And some physicians would like to see their patients muzzled. New information on the innards of the Medical Justice approach to stifling negative feedback by patients on internet ratings sites (patient assigns copyright in comment to doc, so doc can send DMCA takedown notice to review site) motivated Evan Falchuck to add to the discussion on this practice at See First.
When patients are steamed due to a potential medical error, a clear-thinking physician or hospital administrator will initiate a medical apology. In this context, as in others, the perceived sincerity of the apology is key. On that front, Matt McCusker writes at Deliberations that BP and Toyota have a lot to learn ... from a baseball umpire.
While we're in the health care arena, let's visit a moment with Dr. Rob, who offers a practicing physician's view of the HITECH Act - that part of the Recovery Act that promises to inject tens of billions of dollars into the health IT economy for "meaningful use" of "certified" electronic health records systems - at his blog, Musings of a Distractible Mind. He illustrates his issues with meaningful use by taking a look at the effects of the No Child Left Behind law.
The TV show Glee, co-created by Evan Falchuk's brother, Brad, provides fodder for two posts on copyright law this week. Check out Peter Black's post at Freedom to Differ, which considers and responds to Christina Mulligan's post at Balkinization: Copyright: The Elephant in the Middle of the Glee Club. Writes Mulligan:
You might be tempted to assume that [the] tension
[between intellectual property rights on the one hand and self-discovery through hommage and reinterpretation on the other] isn’t a big deal because copyright holders won’t go after creative
kids or amateurs. But they do: In the 1990s, the American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) asked members of the American
Camping Association, including Girl Scout troops,to
pay royalties for singing copyrighted songs at camp. In 2004, the
Beatles’ copyright holders tried to prevent the release of The Grey Album
– a mash-up of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album — and
only gave up after massive civil disobedience resulted in the album’s
Ah, the Beatles. The Fab Four bring us back to Quincy, as an early incarnation of that fabled quartet was first let loose upon the world as ... the Quarrymen.
Keene Trial Consulting let us know that a court in Fresno, California is taking voire dire to a whole new level, where prospective jurors in a gang tattoo case involving a minor were recently asked if they have tattoos. This case leads my musical memory down two divergent paths: It brings to mind Greg Allman's I'm No Angel ("Let me show you my tattoo") and also Kermit the Frog channeling a member of a performing quartet that predated the Quarrymen (Groucho Marx, for you young 'uns) singing Lydia, The Tattooed Lady (featuring, appropriately enough for Flag Day, the Stars and Stripes ... look for it.)
But is it art? Brian Cuban handicaps a future 9th Circuit First Amendment appeal on zoning vs. tattoo.
US District Court Judge John Kane spoke at his law school class' 50th reunion about the broken social contract between young lawyers and many large law firms, but also managed to cite St. Francis, Buddha, Mohammed, Maimonides, Aristotle ("the only way to assure yourself happiness is to give happiness") and the CEO of The Onion. Maxwell Kennerly offered his observations on the speech, which had been previously posted at Idealawg.
For the inside baseball post of the week, Norm Pattis pulls back the curtain on an IRL blawger get-together, and essentially concludes that, well, nostalgia isn't what it used to be, and then retreats behind metaphorical wax in the ears, resisting the siren song (squeal?) of a new cadre of blawgers.
To end this edition on an uplifting note, I will leave you with John Adams' view on the coming decline and fall: "Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and
murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit
suicide." Nah, scratch that; better get a little more uplifting.... Adams wrote the following to Abigail, in 1780 -- something to think about on this Flag Day 2010:
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study
mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and
philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture,
navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a
right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary,
tapestry, and porcelain.
Blawg Review has
information about next week's host, and instructions on how to get your
blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.
* Don't believe everything you read on the internet .... The "useless man" quote at the top of this post was said, not by the historical John Adams, but by the character John Adams in the Broadway musical, 1776. The other Adams quotes are courtesy of a variety of easily located online quotation sites. And don't forget that Wednesday June 16th is Bloomsday.
I'm not a superstitious man, but April 15th is fraught with doom, linked as it is to death and taxes ... among other themes, as we will explore in this edition of Health Wonk Review. For that reason, and due to the happy accident that this edition is the fifth that I have hosted (Joe Paduda thought it was the umpteenth; I know, I know, we lawyers have a way with words ... but there have only been 1, 2, 3, 4 others), I'm opening this post under the protective auspices of a khamsa, a five-fingered good luck talisman, or amulet, designed to ward off the evil eye.
The next edition of Health Wonk Review will be hosted right here on April 15th. The themes we will be exploring in that biweekly exegesis of health wonkery include the following:
Song (esp. the blues)
Art (esp. painting, drawing)
Inventors and their contraptions
Cosmetic surgery/medical spas
Impressionist 19th century novels
And of course ...
Please submit your best examples of health wonkishness in these categories no later than 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday April 14th, thank you (extra points for early submissions), and come back on the 15th to learn more than you ever wanted to know about health care policy ... and to see the meaning of these categories revealed.
(Submit via Blog Carnival or via email to david AT
harlowgroup DOT net, re: HWR or Health Wonk Review, including blog
title and URL, post title and URL, name of author if not you, and 25
words or less about the post.)