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109 posts categorized "Social Media"

July 09, 2014

Health Care Social Media Review #57 - The Ketchup Edition

CRI_229952Welcome to Health Care Social Media Review #57.

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.

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June 17, 2014

#FDAsm - FDA Releases Draft Social Media Guidance Five Years After Public Hearing

FDAFive years after its most recent public hearing on the subject of social media marketing of drugs and medical devices, the FDA released a draft Guidance for Industry Internet/Social Media Platforms with Character Space Limitations— Presenting Risk and Benefit Information for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices.

Update 7/24/2014, 11/25/2014: See my further discussion of these guidance documents in a Google+ FDA Guidance Hangout on Air and in an article on US FDA Social Media Guidance published in the UK PMlive directory of digital agencies.

Publication was prompted by a statutory deadline in the FDASIA, and there is a 90-day comment period now open. It's a little disappointing that it literally took an act of Congress to get the agency to focus and act on this issue, and that despite the focus all we're getting here is nonbinding sub-regulatory guidance.

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March 12, 2014

How do you get Young Invincibles to buy health insurance?

C480x270_48President Barack Obama is pushing his signature domestic program, enrollment in a health insurance plan via by March 31, by shilling for it on the "Funny or Die" Zach Galfianakis mini talk show satire, "Between Two Ferns." I think it's hilarious, though not everyone thinks the humor involved befits a sitting president. Whether or not you appreciate the humor, I think you have to doff your cap to the Commander in Chief, because he is living by the maxim that you've got to fish where the fish are -- and choosing this website over network television, over White House-hosted online media, using video, using authority-subverting humor, has gotten the message out (including a clickable link) to the Young Invincibles in a way that other media just could not have done. The video was posted yesterday; it has already been viewed over 13 million times, and was associated with tens of thousands of click-throughs to the exchange website by the close of business yesterday.

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December 12, 2013

Social Media Policies and "Spying" by Physicians


I recently spoke with Theresa Defino, editor of AIS Health's Report on Patient Privacy about the limits of social media "research" by or on behalf of health care providers. The impetus for this piece was a post written by Art Caplan about a patient being taken off the liver transplant list when social media posts including photos of the patient drinking alcohol came to the attention of the transplant team. (The patient was later put back on the list.)

Is this sort of "Big Brother" approach OK, or was it taken too far? (Follow the link to a discussion of the British case I mention in the article.)

Medical ethicist Art Caplan, my brother at the (HIPAA) bar Adam Greene and I were quoted in the AIS Health article. Greene noted that HIPAA does not cover the posting of information by or about a patient on a social network and its review by a provider. Caplan and I agreed that what's public is public, and what's private is private.

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November 22, 2013

The Walking Gallery of Health Care

I am proud to be a member of The Walking Gallery. If you are not familiar with Regina Holliday and her unique brand of health care activism, you should be. See her blog, and follow the links in the sidebar to more Walking Gallery details. By way of example, she has written a blog post describing each hand-painted jacket in the gallery and its connection to the wearer's health care story and his or her connection to health data liberation. You can start with her post about my jacket, Friendship Pins.

Check out the newly-released video about this ongoing project below, and join the movement:

The Walking Gallery

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November 06, 2013

Health Care Social Media Review No. 40: Good and Plenty Edition

Welcome to the 40th Edition of Health Care Social Media Review. Jack Benny never made it past 39, but we did.


Jack Benny v. Groucho 1955

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.

So let's call this the Good & Plenty edition.

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October 31, 2013

#HCSM Review No. 40: Call for Submissions

40 signNext Wednesday in this space HealthBlawg will be hosting the 40th edition of Health Care Social Media Review. It's the blog carnival that's all about all things #HCSM.

More specifically:

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.

Please alert me to posts that you recommend for inclusion in this compendium by completing the form below.

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October 21, 2013

Patient Privacy in a Modern Health Care Era: Google Hangout on Air with David Harlow

Patient Privacy in a Modern Healthcare Era: Google+ Hangout on Air with David Harlow

I had a wide-ranging conversation about the HIPAA and HITECH rules, and health care privacy and security with Kathi Browne as part of her Health Care Hangouts on Air series.

Check it out!

Here's the blurb:

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September 24, 2013

Doximity: An online physician network hits 200,000 members, and co-founder Nate Gross speaks with David Harlow

Nate grossI recently caught up with Nate Gross (@ng), co-founder of Doximity (@Doximity), to hear about how the company is building out the social graphs of physicians. Earlier this year, Doximity hit a milestone -- doc #200,000 -- and Nate filled me in on where the company has been, and where it's going.

Nate will be speaking at Connected Insight Summit, the annual conference presented by Activate Networks, taking place October 8-9, 2013, in Cambridge, MA (use discount code: HARLOW50 for 50% off registration).

Have a listen to our entire conversation, and see the transcript below.

Nate Gross Doximity Interview HealthBlawg 09172013

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September 20, 2013

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Conferences

Friendship Pins No 89 David HarlowYour faithful HealthBlawger will be out and about at a number of conferences and events over the next month or so, mostly in Boston, speaking, moderating and just hanging out ("on air" and in real life).

I hope to see you at one or more of these. See descriptions below for links to registration and in some cases, discount codes.

Keep an eye out for "Friendship Pins" -- my jacket from The Walking Gallery, pictured over there to the left -- and I will be in or near it.

If you are organizing a conference a little further down the road, please consider including me as a keynote speaker or otherwise. We should talk.

StrataRx: Where Big Data Meets Healthcare

September 25-27, 2013, Boston, MA

Discount code: HARLOW will get you 20% off registration.

I'll be speaking in the data liquidity track on patient consent to use of data and holding office hours.

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