Check out the latest Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival at How to Make Money.
It’s pretty darn cold outside. Therefore not a bad opportunity to stay inside and write about social media.
A number of our posts this time around focus on doctor ratings sites:
MD Whistleblower is emblematic of doctors who trash physician ratings sites without actually bothering to read what’s on them, in this case offering a number of hypothetical (i.e., fictional) comments as evidence that the sites are no good. Most people wouldn’t criticize a movie without seeing it or write a review of a car without driving it, but somehow many docs know –somehow– that doctor rating sites are no good.
Doctors aren’t the only ones to think bad thoughts about ratings sites. Some patient advocates feel the same way. In this post my Health Business Blog starts a quarrel with one such advocate, who is surprisingly dismissive of social media and surprisingly confident in public records to ferret out the peachy keen docs from the bad apples.
Online patient review sites are already prominent, yet their potential is far from fully realized. Healthcare Success Strategies reports on a Software Advice study on how patients are using online reviews. Only one in four patients is currently using online reviews to research doctors. The demographics skew younger –no surprise there. And the power of insurance rules is strong enough to keep most people in-network even when they find a stellar review of someone on the outside.
And now for something somewhat different.
Nicola Ziaday shares survey data on how health care professionals use social media. Most use it just like everyone else: for personal purposes. But more and more are bringing social media into their professional lives, e.g., for job searches and professional networking. I’d like to see health care professionals use social media more –and more effectively– to communicate their wisdom and experience to consumers and to engage in online communities that include doctors and patients.
Christina’s Considerations shares a doozy. A patient who sued a doctor for taking pictures of her (drunk self) in the emergency room and posting them on Facebook and Instagram. A security guard told the doctor (a fellow) to delete the photos, which were of an acquaintance. But did he listen? No. Instead he even included some uncharitable captions.
HealthBlawg delves into some of the finer points of doctor/patient interaction in social media. For example, a patient was taken off a liver transplant list when the transplant team located social media posts of the patient with alcohol. “As important as knowing how, when and where to post something is knowing where to look for information, when and where not to look, and when to take it off line.”
The cHealth Blog offers part IV in its series on making health addictive. People check their smartphones up to 150 times a day. So why not take advantage of that behavior to hit users with “personalized, relevant, motivational, unobtrusive” messages to “induce permanent behavior change?” Why not indeed?
By David E. Williams of the Health Business Group.
Santa’s been busy but since he seems to have unlimited bandwidth Workers’ Comp Insider decided to send Letters to Santa as a theme for the last Health Wonk Review of the year.
Check it out. Health Business Blog will host the first edition of 2014 on January 16.
Welcome to edition #198 of the Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival, the last for 2013. We’ll keep it short and sweet for you.
It turns out that nursing is one of the riskiest professions when it comes to on-the-job injuries. Nurses and nurses aides are right up there with construction workers when it comes to danger. Julie Ferguson of Workers’ Comp Insider has the story.
Kicking healthcare.gov while it’s down
Hank Stern is a real gentleman, and Louise Norris is a classy lady, but you wouldn’t guess it from the way they pile on the punishment to the much maligned ObamaCare sign-up website!
Norris’s Colorado Health Insurance Insider takes Secretary Sebelius to task for claiming that the new health insurance exchanges represent the “first time” that Americans have been able to make effective comparisons on insurance options. There have been other, private insurance marketplaces on the web for a long while, not to mention good old-fashioned insurance brokers.
Stern’s InsureBlog reports on serious security shortcomings on healthcare.gov that could lead to customers and would-be customers having their identities stolen.
Disability insurance and you
When I started my own company my insurance agent told me disability insurance was crucial. After all, if I died my wife could claim my life insurance benefit and get remarried. But if I became disabled it would be harder to get a new husband, and I’d still need to be taken care of . So I’m glad to see Mom and Dad Money report on disability insurance. It’s easy to get stuck with lousy coverage if you’re not educated.
Quality and cancer
It’s bad enough to get cancer, but worse to find out that the quality of cancer care is not always up to snuff. Healthcare Economist provides thoughts on a recent Institute of Medicine report on the topic.
A recent controversy over the legality of payments to bone marrow donors made me think back on my own experience as a prospective donor. In the end I decided not to take the risk of donating bone marrow even though it could possibly have benefited a patient. I wrote up my moral dilemma on the Health Business Blog.
Wait till next year
The next Cavalcade of Risk will be hosted by Michael Stack at AMAXX, but not until January 2, 2014.
By David E. Williams of the Health Business Group.
I’m hosting the Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival on the Health Business Blog next week. If you have a risk-related post to share, you can email it to email@example.com or fill in the form below.
Deadline: Monday, December 9.
Healthcare Economist hosts a terse, yet informative edition of the Health Wonk Review blog carnival.
Check out the latest Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Thanksgiving is here, at least in the blog carnival world!
Thanksgiving and Chanukah have never coincided before and never will again. So make sure not to miss the pre-Thanksgivukkah edition of the Health Wonk Review at Insure Blog. And there are some pretty good posts to read as long as you’re there…
A meaty issue of the Health Wonk Review blog carnival is posted at Wright on Health.
Health care reform, technology changes and patient expectations are driving major shifts in clinical documentation. My guest post at For the Health of IT, a Nuance Communications, Inc. blog lays out key trends and describes ways that provider organizations can adapt.
There’s a link to the new Health Business Group study, Clinical Documentation Trends in the US, 2013-2016, which is available for free download.