Monday, June 15, 2009

Health Care & Social Media

The use of social media (eg, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, etc) by doctors and other health care providers is rapidly increasing, just as it is for really everyone else.

The New York Times did a story recently on doctors who twitter.  For the past couple months or so, I have been participating in a weekly twitter chat on the subject of health care (hc) and social media (sm), called #hcsm.  A bunch of folks involved at various levels in health care talk about, well, lots of stuff.

Last night, two health attorneys (Daniel Goldman & David Harlow) talked about various topics, such as whether docs should follow or friend their patients, whether tweets are copyrightable (mostly not), and what hospitals can do about negative comments about them in social media venues.  If you'd like to read a sampling of the conversation, go to HITshrink (guess who).

(Dinah's AFK for the week, so she asked me to keep the lights on around here.)


Anonymous said...

dinah a) has internet access!
b) wonders what afk is
c) scheduled a post for tomorrow
d) thanks roy for holding down the fort.

TheCrazyMusicLady said...

Just wanted to say Hello!

And also let you know about my blog, another slightly satirical look at treatment in Mental health :)

ELN said...

This is a strange loop we find ourselves in, isn't it?

alfavita y2k said...

You see, if your blog was a real serious medical blog, owned by real serious doctors, there would be real names of people who is responsable of writing the blog, like Dr. John Doe, etc...

And not silly amateurs nicknames like Dinah, CLINKSHRINK, or Roy.

Any serious blog that has to deal with matters ocncerning human life, safety and healt, must to be signed by real names.

Nobody really will ever took seriously your blog the way it is now.

Serious people always sign below every piece they write even on the internet, becouse of the legal - professional responsability, and becosue of this they are usually taken seriously about what they write.


Dr. Alexander Odinson

Dr. Alexander Odinson

Fylan Imal said...

Hey, looks like we got a troll, Alexander Odinson with cornflakes in his undies. Try not to feed the trolls cereal, this happens every time.

Oh, looks like he's a doctor of something. Bummer, he's not Googleable. He either doesn't exist or he lied about his name. We DO know this is his first time posting on a blog, ever...providing he's serious anyway.

Hey, when were you all trying to be serious anyway? I thought your move to the Galapagos Islands relieved you of any legal issues or duties to the AMA/APA, etc, no?