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Twitter First Conceived By British Hospital In 1935

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If you are a hospital, healthcare facility or parent system considering social media, please take the time to learn what is happening in the “Twittersphere”, and do pay attention to the evolving “agreements” of Twitter-etiquette.

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

Berci’s New Favourite Blog: NCBI ROFL

Here is my newest favourite medical  blog, NCBI ROFL where you will find the funniest peer-reviewed articles published day-by-day. Just e-mail them the PubMed link and your discovery could appear there. A few examples:


*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

Top 10 Most Creative People in Health Care

FastCompany published a list of the top 10 most creative people in healthcare.

1. Melinda Gates, cochair and trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2. Anthony Atala, director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
3. Jay Parkinson, founder, Hello Health
4. James Heywood, cofounder and chairman, PatientsLikeMe
5. Thomas Frieden, director, Center for Disease Control & Prevention
6. Peter Neupert, vice president of Health Solutions Group, Microsoft
7. Steve Case, founder and CEO, Revolution Health Group
8. Hans Rosling, professor of global health, Karolinska Institute in Sweden
9. Douglas Melton, codirector, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
10. Anne Wojcicki, cofounder, 23andMe

But where are these guys?

Please tell us your tips!

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training on iPhone

Federico Semeraro shared iCPR Lite, a great iPhone application, with me. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a crucial procedure and everyone, I mean everyone, should be trained to be able to perform CPR any time when needed. This iPhone application helps you how to do it.




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*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

The First iPhone Doctor

Who has never heard about Jay Parkinson, founder of HelloHealth service, the first online medical practice? Now please meet Dr. Hodge, the first iPhone doctor.

Hodge’s start-up Personal Pediatrics aims to equip a fleet of self-starter pediatricians in major metro areas with iPhones, cloud-based practice software and the marketing know-how to court new parents, families and corporate health programs alike. The company’s plan points to a growing trend of doctors returning to what was once a mainstay of the profession: the house call.

Hodge has already established that the iPhone doctor model works — after more than a decade working in a pediatrics office in St. Louis, Missouri, where she saw up to 35 patients a day for about 10 minutes each, Hodge traded in the patient assembly line to launch Personal Pediatrics. That was three years ago. Back then she had her laptop and Palm Treo in tow.

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I have to mention one thing first. The whole health 2.0 movement is not about transforming the healthcare system into an online service, but there are more and more people who want to reach healthcare services through online or mobile applications.

If there are no patients who want to be online, no doctors will build such services. That’s how it works.

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*

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IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

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How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

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Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

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The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

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Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

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