Warhol's Heinz 57 works insisted upon being included as part of the visual theme for the current edition. And of course a more up-to-date artistic appropriation of the meaning of ketchup may be found in the work of Garrison Keillor, on A Prairie Home Companion -- one of the show's "sponsors" is the Ketchup Advisory Board, which touts the benefits of ketchup's "natural mellowing agents." Both Warhol and Keillor latched on to ketchup to make very different points -- Warhol, to highlight the commodification of our existence by rendering the mundane with the care ordinarily reserved for the transcendent; Keillor, to give us an odd but warm feeling inside.
What do these opposing treatments of ketchup have to teach us about health care social media? Gather round as we explore recent #hcsm posts from the blogosphere and see if you can't answer that yourself by the time you finish reading this post.
I called for submissions addressing the issue of plenty in health care, since this is the 40th edition, and since 40 is shorthand for plenty or many in several traditions. (Think 40 days or 40 years in any number of Judeo-Christian narratives.)
In addition, while we have seen once again in recent weeks that some in the Tea Party may differ, we have agreed as a society that health care is a social good and we are doing our darnedest to continue to implement the reforms set in motion by Obamacare.
Given the plethora of holidays with themes of light that fall around this time of year -- Diwali, Eid al-Adha, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah (well, some of them are on different calendars, so they sometimes fall around this time of year), this edition of the Review will attempt to incorporate the theme of lights into the roundup.
(I had occasion to celebrate Hanukkah at the Massachusetts State House -- the photo to the left shows the Senate President, Chabad rabbi, Speaker of the House and Governor Patrick on a scissors lift, lighting the giant menorah.)
Patient communities on twitter are the subject of a series of posts on the Symplur blog, including this one on network centrality analysis, focusing on Kelly Young (aka @rawarrior) and other key nodes (or points of light) in the RA network.
Thanks to Dan Dunlop for highlighting "The Germinator" -- a homegrown, soon-to-be-viral video focusing on hospital acquired conditions (HACs) coming to you from Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
With any luck, this meta-blog-carnival link will not create an irreparable tear in the fabric of the universe: Hold onto your hats while I commend to your attention the Festival of Lights edition of the Health Wonk Review recently hosted by Hank Stern at InsureBlog.
A jumble of greetings to everyone, some late and some early: Shubh Deepavali, Eid Mubarak, Merry Christmas, Habari Gani, Hanukkah Sameach, and a Happy New Year. Here's to balance, and to a step back from burning the candle at both ends.
HealthCare SocialMedia Review has information about the next edition’s host and instructions on how to submit your posts for review in future editions.
HealthCare SocialMedia Review is the blog carnival for everyone interested in health care social media. It is a peer-reviewed blog carnival; the host of each edition decides which of the posts submitted for consideration are suitable for inclusion.
Our mission is to serve as a hub for posts from the best and the brightest health care social media writers, thinkers, users and proponents worldwide, to contribute to better understanding and adoption of social media in health care. This carnival is intended to showcase posts about health care social media use, best practices, guides, resources, case studies, experiences, new techniques and technologies and new social media communities and tools. We seek to spread the word that the use of social media in health care is becoming unavoidable and is of critical importance to both patients and providers worldwide.
Check out Nos. 1-18, linked to at the bottom of the HCSM Review carnival homepage.
Please send in any and all blog posts from the past two weeks that touch on health care social media. Given the season, please feel free to demonstrate how the posts you suggest are tied to Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa -- or even the relatively recent Eid al-Adha (which this year falls almost in this season of festivals of lights, but has a somewhat different theme). This thematic touch would be appreciated, but is not required, by any means.
The HealthBlawger awaits your submissions -- please send them in via this form by 8 p.m. Monday.
If the form is not working for you, email your submission david AT harlowgroup DOT net
Welcome to the latest edition of the HealthCare SocialMedia Review, the blog carnival that's all about health care social media. Today we take a look at some of the privacy and security issues relevant to the medium, and at some other current and topical posts from around the blogosphere. But first, pour yourself another cup of coffee, put your feet up, and have a listen to a lighthearted ode to an emblem of secrecy from an earlier age:
Tell some folks you have a secret, and they'll be all over you, cajoling it out of you.
When my late grandmother was an irrepressible little old lady in her late 90's, she would chat people up wherever she met them, and folks would invariably ask her how old she was. She would smile and respond: "Can you keep a secret?" As her next victim leaned in, nodding his or her head, she'd let loose the zinger: "So can I."
Responsible users of health care social media understand that a juicy anecdote can make a point far more effectively than a dry textbook recitation of facts and figures, but we also appreciate the need to make sure, sometimes, that "the names have been changed to protect the innocent," the need to keep some things secret. This imperative exists in a relationship of dynamic tension with the need to share information in order to promote better understanding of disease and health at both the individual and population level. Neither is an absolute; both need to be observed, and each has its exceptions. Welcome to the exciting world of health care social media!
Last week marked the first edition of the TEDMED conference in its new home, and one of the TEDMED talks highlighted this tension by essentially posing the question: Would you join the Facebook of medicine? Leslie Saxon wants to "get 8 billion heartbeats on speed dial" via everyheartbeat.org, bringing the Quantified Self movement to everyone, and her message was heard loud and clear across the pond by 3G Doctor, who blogged about her talk.
Mark Browne has another take on the QS approach, and the way in which patients may need to be engaged in their health care, inspired by a Google Street View car sighting. (Let's assume the Google Street View car isn't listening in on patient data transmissions, though.)
Physicians and patients are often the focus of discussions about health care social media, but other health care professionals are, of course, using these tools as well. Barbara Ficarra highlights their use by nurses, and calls attention to a nursing tweetchat (#APRNchat ... not to be confused with #RNchat).
Most of you have probably heard of Pinterest by now, and maybe some of you are using this platform. Marie Ennis O'Connor points out the good and the bad, and suggests (man, I love having a non-lawyer say this) actually reading the Terms of Service.
For anyone considering dipping a toe in the health care social media waters, a top-of-mind question is always: Is it worth the time and effort? At Walking the Path, Fard Johnmar suggests that ROI isn't the right metric, and that there are other ways to measure the full economic benefits of digital health content.
Pharma has a continuing love-hate relationship with social media, and last week, Boehringer US posted social media guidance for employees -- on YouTube. Kinda cheesy feel to it, IMHO, but it distills it all down to four points: (1) You are responsible for your behavior, (2) Understand the tools, (3) Think about your audience and (4) You are our eyes, ears, and voice.
If we're looking for succinct, accessible policy statements on the use of health care social media, then personally, I prefer the 12-word social media policy of Dr. Farris Timimi, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (disclosure: I'm on the Center's advisory board):
Aside from the do's and don'ts, U.S. health care organizations need more work in the whys and wherefores department. A recent study shows that in the US of A, health care organizations use social media mostly for marketing, unlike their counterparts in a number of other countries, where use is more focused on communication -- among providers or otherwise. (Of course, our market-based health care economy may have just a little bit to do with that focus, no?)
Gentle reader: You did it! This is the end of the line. Thanks for riding with us this week on the HCSMReview Express. In the immortal words of Michael Dukakis, speaking about the run for the White House (not about enduring this lengthy edition of HCSMR), It's like running the Marathon (and yes, the Boston Marathon runners did wend their way through my leafy suburb on Monday, as they do each year). We hope you come back and try it again.
HealthCare SocialMedia Review has information about the next edition (which will be up in two weeks' time) and instructions on how to submit your posts for review in future editions.
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.