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A report from #BlueJC: How should we manage antepartum haemorrhage of unknown origin? November 25, 2014

Paper discussed: Bhandari S, Raja EA, Shetty A, Bhattacharya S. Maternal and perinatal consequences of antepartum haemorrhage of unknown origin. BJOG 2014;121:44–52. DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13056

Location: Twitter and Facebook Start date of journal club: 26 February 2014

Number of participants: 16 Number of tweets: 71

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FDA Readies Social Media Rules For Big Pharma November 17, 2014

With the key guidance on the use of social media from the FDA widely expected to be finalized in soon, there is a real likelihood that the FDA will increasingly step up its monitoring program and impose sanctions on non-compliant firms.

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Use Social Media In The Fight Against Communicable Diseases November 17, 2014

If there were a way to use existing technology to help identify people potentially exposed to Ebola (or any communicable disease like SARS or the flu) would you be interested in being part of the conversation?

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Data for health – a program sponsored by RWJF November 5, 2014

My favorite insight of the day came from someone who, when discussing who should be part of the design process for health data systems, said that front desk workers are the ones who know the community best.

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Ebola and the viral spread of information by @dreamingspires November 5, 2014

One of our aims here at BiM is to facilitate and disseminate credible clinical science research. My own thoughts, after reading the Symplur posts again, are that perhaps social media has a larger role to play than we think. How can we in the clinical pain sciences use our social media opportunities most effectively?  How can we help stop the spread of misinformation and provide information that is credible and evidence-based where evidence exists?

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Use #HCSM to become a smarter #braininjury lawyer November 2, 2014

If you want to stand out from the crowd and become known as one of the top brain injury lawyers in the world, read on. If you want your firm to become the top influencer of brain injury related matters at a global level on Twitter, read on.

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Beyond the Buzz: The Beginners’ Guide to Healthcare Blogs (with @RonanTKavanagh @StorkBrian) October 28, 2014

In an earlier Beyond the Buzz column, I outlined 7 reasons that healthcare professionals should blog. If it inspired you to start your own blog but you aren’t sure where to begin, then today’s article is for you. I am going to show you the first steps to take to get your healthcare blog up and running.

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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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