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Sticky · Lee Aase (@leeaase) posted · Sun, Aug 17 10:59pm · View  

Should doctors or hospitals follow their patients on Twitter?

Brave New World: Your Doctor, Your Private Parts, Twitter And You

That's the underlying question Hinda Mandell, Ph.D. raised Tuesday in a post on the Boston Public Radio site, "Brave New World: Your Doctor, Your Private Parts, Twitter And You."

My gynecologist just followed my vagina on Twitter.  At least, that’s how it felt when I received email notification that I had a new Twitter follower.To be fair, maybe it wasn't my gynecologist who hit the “follow” button, but an employee at her practice. Does it matter? Because my ob/gyn’s name and Twitter handle are the same, and her Twitter avatar is her practice’s logo of a mother and child, entwined. Now [...]

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Bunny Ellerin (@bunnyellerin) responded:

"In this particular instance, I'd say that because Ms. Mandell is a public figure, she has forfeited her right to what has heretofore been considered privacy." Thank you, Meredith. Exactly. She has chosen to present her political views, craft photos and recipes to the world. If she wants to control who sees her message on Twitter, then she she should lock her account. Frankly I'd be more concerned if her auto mechanic followed her than [...]

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Greg Matthews (@gmatthews) responded:

Share away, Jason! DM me @chimoose if I can provide any more detail or context that could be useful.

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Jason Slusarchuk (@JasonHoots) posted · Tue, Aug 19 11:04pm · View  

I came across this Forbes article from last year that highlights an underserved, but rapidly growing audience on social - seniors. If our broader goals for social media in healthcare include better quality and lower costs, perhaps now would be the time to engage more frequently with seniors on line. I think when you consider that, as a population, seniors tend to incur higher healthcare costs due to increased rates of chronic illness, social media could be an effective tool for helping this demographic manage their conditions more effectively. Especially for those who may feel disconnected due to smaller support groups.

I would love to hear if anyone has come across examples of healthcare providers effectively using social media to connect with seniors. Thanks! [...]

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Sarah Ives (@neurosciencegroup) responded:

Our practice has a large population of seniors and I look forward to hearing the responses! We have just adding "View Medica" to our website which has short synopsis videos of conditions we treat/procedures we do---a helpful feature of the plan is that it is easily sharable on social media. It's great for those caregivers who need to communicate with family about what's going on with their loved ones.

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Pat Elliott (@pelliott) responded:

Hi Jason, thanks for bringing up this topic. The article is an interesting take on the commercial side of marketing to seniors online, which is indeed often ignored. Most people don't realize that Medicare has been in the forefront of developing online patient portals for those 65 and older, and moving seniors online to manage their health records and other aspects of care. Seniors with chronic conditions have long been very active online in the [...]

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Marcus Move (@marcusmccleery) posted · Recent activity · Tue, Aug 19 9:14pm · View  

Marcus Move - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

I am a patient and volunteer with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF).

Several years ago I was experiencing a wide variety of strange symptoms. My general doctor was quite uncertain to the cause. He even suggested a psych. evaluation. As a last resort he put me on a 30 day heart rate monitor. I was diagnosed with a-fib within the month. I had a very rapid heart rate and had difficulty moving consistently without being out of breath, sweating and getting light headed. I was referred to MHI for an EP ablation.

The months leading up to the surgery got progressively worse. After the first ablation I was able to stay out of constant a-fib for some time due to the amiodarone [...]

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Heather E (@hjelwood) responded:

I "found" Marcus through a post he made on our local fitness center Facebook page. I emailed him, connected via his Facebook account, and have been taking his bootcamp classes ever since. He is the most inspiring and positive trainer I could ever ask to workout with. "Life changing" is how I would describe my connecting with Marcus through social media. He always leads by example and uses his experiences to move others to embrace [...]

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AmandaMc (@amandamc) responded:

Marcus is such an inspiration to our entire community! Recently I had the opportunity to have him coach me through a 4 mile run. Every single person we passed, whether he knew them personally or not, he would cheer on for being out there moving!!! Marcus does not just push exercise, but rather living a healthy long lifestyle. He has transformed many people's lives by helping them shed hundreds of pounds! Marcus as everyone's biggest [...]

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Jenny Redmond (@jennyredmond) posted · Recent activity · Tue, Aug 19 12:14pm · View  

Jenny Redmond - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

I was a 39 year old single mother when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in August 2012. I had a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and several surgeries. I had been a fourth grade teacher for 17 years but I had to take a long term medical leave during my treatments.

Thanks to my family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community my bills were always paid and there was always food on our table. During my treatments I began painting. This began as something to keep me busy but turned into much more. It became my therapy. Little did I know at the time, it would also be a way to help ease the financial burden of medical bills and other [...]

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Tammy (@tammywestphal) responded:

If I had cancer, I just hope I could be as positive as you.

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Tammy (@tammywestphal) responded:

Great story!

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Jason Slusarchuk (@JasonHoots) posted · Tue, Aug 19 11:20am · View  

As you've probably seen, Community Health Systems was recently hacked and as many as 4.5 million patient records were stolen/compromised. The incident involved the installation of malicious software (malware) onto the health system network, allowing the criminals to silently gain access to health system data.

Security firms tell us that the use of malware is on the rise. We've seen this in examples like the recent data breach at a UPMC hospital that compromised the personal information of about 27,000 employees. Among those employees, 788 have since experienced some form of tax fraud or even had their bank accounts wiped clean.

The growing concern now is social media's role in propagating these attacks. Help Net Security reports that 52% of organizations have experienced [...]

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