Kathleen Hoffman: A Friend to the Unsung Heroes

What inspired Kathleen in this endeavor? She explains, “I feel like there are a lot of people living their life in a full and useful way but nobody knows about it”. These are the people “I want to support and feature.” Dr. Hoffman seeks out these individuals to give them more visibility. “[Helping] others shine is rewarding,” she continues. Having featured health luminaries such as Andre Blackman, a leading voice for health and innovation and Katherine Leon, a passionate patient advocate for SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) early in the history of the chat and relatively early in the career trajectories of these advocates illustrates just how keen Hoffman’s eye is for talent. The chat has also feature entrepreneurs like Victor Wang, inventor of GeriJoy, a therapeutic tool in the form of a virtual dog that talks back to its owners and the founders of Medivizor, the physician-founded medical information platform.

#MinorityHealth Town Hall Culuminates White House Black History Month Celebrations

 HHS photo by Chris Smith Dr. Regina Benjamin, US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services B. Smith, Restaurant Owner, Author, and Healthy Lifestyle Advocate Dr. Nadine Gracia, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Dirk Schroeder, … Continue reading

Has Your Doctor said “Hello Health”?

How many times have you said, “I wish I could just go online and make my doctor’s appointment.” How many of you actually have the privilege today to shoot your physician or health care provider an email and receive a response back from them. If you don’t have this privilege, how many of you are guilty of stalking them on Facebook or twitter and sending them a direct message? The norms of each of these behaviors we have yet to determine, as hospitals and physician practices struggle to craft social media policies and redefine the routes through which they are (legally protected and) comfortable communicating with patients. Insurance reimbursement for these activities is likely a distant fantasy. Electronic medical and health record systems implementation is a task with which many smaller provider organizations continue to grapple, falling behind on their timetables for achieving meaningful use. The very popular health care social medicine (#hcsm) tweet chat addressed this very question in its June 3, 2012 discussion.

Launching OnPulse for Better Health Care Communications

The foyer atrium was flooded with light as I walked toward the collection of of sofas and chairs near the glass wall. It was decidedly more quiet than the exhibitor area and not as dark as the ballrooms. A group of four individuals sat casually around a coffee table chatting. I first became aware of OnPulse, a healthcare communications company that uses innovative health information technologies to improve coordination of care in April while attending the TEDMED conference. There, I had the pleasure to speak with Corey Booker, MD and his associate David Armstrong. When I saw that they were participating in the Health 2.0 Spring Fling: Matchpoint Boston conference, I reached out to set up an interview.

Dr. Otis Brawley, Shares with Journalists “How We Do Harm”

Imagine being a physician in the midst of residency training, caring for an elderly patient who is terminally ill. The family tells you at each consultation to do everything possible to save their father. With the greatest medical technology at your disposal, you do your best to care for your patient and his family. There are machines to control heart rate and breathing and tubes to bring in food and remove wastes, so your patient lives more than a month longer than any physician would have expected. But were you true to your oath, “first do no harm”?

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