“I know you don’t like it when patients use the Internet” I hear this every day from parents who sheepishly admit that they’ve been trying to learn something about their child’s condition. It’s unfortunate really because patients have been conditioned to believe that they shouldn’t be educating themselves. And when they do they are berated as not acting in their ... Continue Reading about Doctor Delicious
Pediatrics is changing. There was once a time when parents learned all they needed to know from their doctors. Web 1.0 then created seemingly unlimited access for patients seeking information. We’re now approaching the point where information seeks parents via social networks. What does this mean for pediatricians? The doctor-parent relationship is changing. ... Continue Reading about Participatory Pediatrics
Last night during the Social Media & Health Care Twitter Conversation the issue of swine flu surfaced. So I took to my soap box to point the finger at the hysteria created this week on Twitter. While I’m juiced about the potential for social media to influence the delivery of health information, I was disappointed with the noise created surrounding the ... Continue Reading about We Create the Noise Around Us
How well do you really know your social media peers? This post by Chris Brogan got me thinking about it. It’s an interesting question and I’m going to suggest that we probably know our social media friends better than we think. When you read what someone writes, see how they comment, study what they link, and see their pictures I think it’s safe to say you know a ... Continue Reading about How Well Do You Know Your Social Media Peers?
Last year some 36,000 people died in the United States as a result of influenza. This year a new strain kills a few and the world is turned upside down. But swine flu hasn’t made it into history the way the media had predicted. So far it appears that the only epidemic was one of hysteria created by the media – both online and off. This week CNN’s hyped coverage did ... Continue Reading about Aporkalypse Not
So with the mommy bloggers taking heat for their pay-for-post activity, I got to thinking: What’s going to happen when there are 20,000 physicians in the social media space? Anticipating that certain physician influentials will command big networks, we can expect to see pay-for-post activity evolve as a fertile marketing vehicle. Pharmaceuticals will, of course, fall ... Continue Reading about Pay-for-Post Doctors