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The Healthcare Hashtag Project – #Ebola October 21, 2014

Get Social Health had a conversation with Tom Lee, Co-Founder of Symplur about the reasons the Healthcare Hashtag Project was created. We also chatted about hashtag bombing, tracking specific healthcare conversations and the use of hashtags in conversations about Ebola.

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BBC’s Whatsapp Ebola alerts are more proof that tech can help save the world — it just can’t do it alone October 20, 2014

In an effort to help combat the spread of Ebola, the BBC has created a new service that sends “audio, text message alerts and images” in both French and English to subscribers in West Africa via WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook acquired for $22 billion in September.

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Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network October 20, 2014

By comparison, Twitter, although used regularly by only 13% of scientists in Nature’s survey, is much more interactive: half of the Twitterati said that they use it to follow discussions on research-related issues, and 40% said that it is a medium for “commenting on research that is relevant to my field”

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Academic promotions should consider social media October 19, 2014

In August, I posted this: “A paper of mine was published. Did anyone read it?”

A recent comment on it raised an interesting point. Dr. Christian Sinclair at Pallimed said the site had received almost 2 million views since 2005.

He then made the following calculation:

Two million views with an average of 1:30 minutes on a page = 3 million minutes = 50,000 hours = 2,083 days = 5.7 years of 24/7/365 informal learning on hospice and palliative care topics.

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Spain’s Other Ebola Battle: Fighting Hoaxes on Social Media – WSJ October 16, 2014

Experts say the spread of scare stories and misinformation over health panics is notnew, and social media is simply taking on the role that word of mouth communications used to have.

Thomas Lee, a co-founder of Symplur, a U.S.-based healthcare social media analytics company, said social media was widely used recently in Nigeria to spread Ebola-related rumors and conspiracies.

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Why Do Twitter? Because Twitter Counts October 13, 2014

To me, Twitter counts. Well, not so much the platform, but the people who I have engaged with. While I do not list tweets on my curriculum vitae, Twitter has become a rich resource for collaboration—beyond the traditional walls of my own institutions. I have collaborated on columns with people I have never met IRL (in real life) and met others in oncology who have gone on to become important colleagues.

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Six Ways Social Media Affects Your Clinical Trial (whether you like it or not) October 13, 2014

It’s an understatement to say that social media has made an impact on almost every aspect of rare disease. From patients being able to find each other quickly, to their ability to promote fundraising and advocacy campaigns, social media has opened doors that heretofore did not exist. For pharmaceutical companies, it poses a unique opportunity to listen and understand their patient communities better, but it also causes trepidation in some circles with respect to how it impacts their clinical development programs.

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A beginner’s guide to Tweetchats October 9, 2014

Think of a Tweetchat as a conference call on Twitter, where everyone meets at a specific date and time to discuss a defined topic using tweets, typically for a one-hour period.

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3 Benefits of Healthcare Tweet Chats October 7, 2014

Do you have a diagnostic or treatment question and wish there were a place you could visit to find answers outside of your practice? Do you ever wonder what your diagnosis and treatment is like from your typical patient’s perspective?   How about reaching into the minds of other healthcare leaders on communication, patient safety, insurance issues? Imagine if you had a place where you could visit regularly that could help provide answers to all of these questions.

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Using Twitter in Health Care and Education October 7, 2014

In this video, Dr. Farris Timimi, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, discusses the increasingly important role of social media in health care and medical education.

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How to be a Powerhouse Content Creator in Healthcare October 6, 2014

What can Symplur’s big data discoveries teach us about healthcare communications? How will pharmaceuticals approach social media with new guidelines set by the FDA? Is ELLO going to change the social media landscape? Learn how to be a powerhouse content creator in healthcare by staying informed, RIGHT HERE.

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Chats with Russ – Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson October 5, 2014

I recently chatted with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson to learn about her use of the internet to better serve her community. In this first 5-minute video we focus on how she uses the digital world to better connect with patients, to educate and serve them better.

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Facebook to Enter Healthcare Field October 5, 2014

Facebook will enter the healthcare field, Reuters reported today. The social media giant is not satisfied with controlling the flow of Americans’ digital communications and seeks to gain even further access to private information through the development of medical applications and services for its users.

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Study: Social media pages focused on chronic illnesses are mostly for marketing October 5, 2014

It turns out that only about 9.5 percent of Facebook pages about chronic diseases are used for actual support, while about 32 percent of such pages are marketing ploys, according to a study in the Journal of Medicine Internet Research.

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How we got sucked into live-tweeting at conferences October 5, 2014

Last month, after blogger and retired surgeon Skeptical Scalpel published not one but two essays bemoaning this insidiously pervasive trend among conference-goers, I realized he was talking about me and my ilk.

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