HealthCare SocialMedia Review #5

Welcome to the fifth running of the HealthCare SocialMedia Review. Some venerable health care blog carnivals have withered or abruptly folded, so it’s good to see a new one picking up steam. Health care social media is generating substantial attention these days from bloggers, which means a lot of high quality submissions.

The use of mobile phones to report malaria outbreaks in Africa has sliced government response time from one month to mere minutes. Mashable has the story.

David Harlow of HealthBlawg co-chaired a Health Law 2.0 session at the recent health 2.0 Spring Fling in Boston, then created a story from the tweets posted before, during and after the session. Tweets focus on privacy, fraud and abuse, FDA and other issues that folks in health apps development need to know about.

Dr. Howard Luks highlights a cool approach to share information with patients and provide a resource so that patients can review the info when they want, on the platform they prefer. It’s on the Musings… blog.

Hospitals and clinics need to devise social networking policies. John Halamka has advice on The Health Care Blog.

Open Labs is a digital collaboration that allows people to play a simple game-based app on their phone or social network that helps analyze data to beat cancer. Sound promising? Check out Voluntary Sector Network blog for more.

HealthTap lets patients get their medical questions answered by real doctors. Business Insider is impressed.

Nuance Healthcare’s VP of healthcare marketing, Carina Edwards shares her approach to engaging in the health IT conversation via social media, breaking it down platform by platform. She also provides examples of how social media works from a vendor standpoint.

If you want to check out what’s going on in social media at the Cleveland Clinic, Robin Carey spills the beans on HealthWorks Collective.

Barbara Ficarra of Health in 30 has three “rapid fire” tips for health care social media networking. Each starts with the letter “L.”

Finally, Ed Bennett of the University of Maryland presented A Common Sense Approach to Social Media at the recent Connecting Healthcare conference in New York, and has kindly posted the presentation. He reports that most audience questions were about opening access to social media, with half the organizations at the conference blocking sites like Facebook.

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