33 charts Greatest Hits of 2012

December 29, 2012

As part of my annual wrap-up, I’ve collected some of the more important posts that came out of 33 charts in 2012.  I curated this list based on a number of factors including public dialog and importance to my direction of thinking.

What Would Osler Think?  This has evolved as key angle to some of my presentations.  It’s provocative angle has drawn consistent commentary from the academic community.

Book Notes: The Creative Destruction of Medicine.  While a book review isn’t something I would typically include in a list like this, it represented a turning point in how I see my work.  As one of the most important books of our time, the concepts and perspectives advanced by Topol will serve to guide this  generation of doctors and patients.  As one of the earlier reviewers, the post enjoyed real visibility throughout the year.

Is Online Physician Behavior Really that Risky?  2012 continued to bring its share online fear.  Don’t expect this to dissipate anytime soon.  The solution to fear and debilitating online risk aversion:  Retirement.

Physician Thought Leaders in the Digital Age.  One of my favs – lots of fun to think about.  Drew lots of chatter.

The Coming Age of Contextual Health.  Still one of the most important concepts that began drawing attention in 2012.  Was pumped to hear that some of the folks at Ginger.io made this post the centerpiece of a lunchtime discussion.  More than traffic or ad revenue, striving to be a source of thought and dialog is what drives me.

The Case for New Physician Literacies in the Digital Age.  My presentation from Stanford’s Medicine X in September.  Some important concepts that will be driving my work in 2013.

Would Sal Khan Survive in Academic Medicine?  This question drew more dialog than firm answers among academicians attending the AAMC national meeting in San Francisco.  This post and others marked a slow personal pivot toward thinking about how we should prepare the physicians for the progression of the digital age.

The Social Health Correction.  2012 continued the plateau of our exuberance over new media and its ability to change the world.  Thank God.  Now look for our next big moves to be toward the functional application of social technology.

As I’ve said before, it’s a privilege to watch the adoption of digital medicine play out.  And it’s been fun narrating from my perspective.

Hope to see you all back in 2013.


Robert S. Miller MD (@rsm2800) December 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks for sharing your wonderful writing talent and great insights with us all year long. These are great choices but I would also nominate your post about doctors engaging in public thinking http://33charts.com/2012/11/public-doctors-public-thinking.html. I think that is the real clarion call for the house of medicine. That concept is what has personally engaged me in my growth in social media these past few years. Best to you in 2013.


DrV December 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thanks, Bob. Great addition and it should have made the list. Hope ’13 brings you amazing things…

John Mandrola December 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm


This is a great recap. I so agree with you about watching the disruptive effects of social media. Doctors are teachers. Social media is our whiteboard. Why wouldn’t we use it?

I appreciate your support over the years. E-introducing yourself to my Dad was an especially nice gesture. Thank you.

Happy New Year friend.

DrV December 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

John, Regarding your Dad, consider yourself lucky, blessed or gifted that your Dad can participate and see what you”re doing. My parents never learned to use computers (or microwaves, VCR players). Would loved to have pulled them into my world.

Best to you and your family in ’13.

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