#HCSM: Public Health Impact

#HCSM: Public Health Impact

Scroll down for the third entry of this 6-part blog series on Healthcare and Social Media!

Here is parte dos in the 6-part series of social media and healthcare!

  1. #HCSM Series: Listen Up Medical Providers
  2. #HCSM Series: Keeping It Professional
  3. #HCSM Series: For The Patients
  4. #HCSM Series: Impacting Public Health
  5. #HCSM Series: Industry and the FDA
  6. #HCSM Series: Shaping Medical Education

Given how social media is so widely used nowadays, it's not surprising that some have used it for public health purposes. As explored in previous sections, medical professionals use social media to educate, medical journals use it to share their content, pharmaceutical companies introduce their products through social media, and patients share their experiences and concerns. However, the capabilities reach far beyond raising awareness about health issues. Novel applications of social media that have impacted public health include emergency response and epidemic tracking. However, as easy as it might be to disseminate good information, there is little that can be done to screen for inaccuracies. Unfortunately, some of these inaccuracies can lead to adverse health and financial outcomes.

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#HCSM Series: For The Patients

#HCSM Series: For The Patients

The utilization of social media by patients can potentially have public health implications. Both providers and patients should be cognizant of the benefits social media offers to patients. Various platforms exist, ranging from microblogging on Twitter to public forums like Medhelp, or social networking sites for patients like patientslikeme.com. To date, there has arguably been no easier way to facilitate discussion among those affected by a certain medical condition and establish communities, as well as identifying and accessing providers, support groups, and advocates. However, some have expressed concern of potential disadvantages. In addition to privacy concerns alluded to in the previous blog entry, some are concerned that patient-driven healthcare lacks accountability and that mass-sharing of anecdotes containing faulty medical evidence could be potentially hazardous. In case you're wondering, increased patient exposure to direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical marketing as a result of social media will be covered in Part 5!

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#HCSM Series: Keeping It Professional

#HCSM Series: Keeping It Professional

Here is parte dos in the 6-part series of social media and healthcare!

  1. #HCSM Series: Listen Up Medical Providers
  2. #HCSM Series: Keeping It Professional
  3. #HCSM Series: For The Patients
  4. #HCSM Series: Impacting Public Health
  5. #HCSM Series: Industry and the FDA
  6. #HCSM Series: Shaping Medical Education

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#HCSM Social Media Series: Listen Up Medical Providers

#HCSM Social Media Series: Listen Up Medical Providers

by Austin Chiang, MD

This is the first of my few #HCSM (Healthcare Social Media) Social Media Series blog posts (I'll be posting this index with links as more posts come out so you can easily navigate from section to section).

  1. #HCSM Series: Listen Up Medical Providers!
  2. #HCSM Series: Keeping It Professional
  3. #HCSM Series: For The Patients
  4. #HCSM Series: Impacting Public Health
  5. #HCSM Series: Industry and the FDA
  6. #HCSM Series: Shaping Medical Education

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Columbia IM Resident Dr. Austin Chiang talks “Procedure Bank”

Columbia IM Resident Dr. Austin Chiang talks “Procedure Bank”

From Medtechboston.com

Columbia IM Resident Dr. Austin Chiang talks “Procedure Bank”
by Jennifer Joe, MD 

Over the last two months we’ve had three rounds of incredible submissions from clinicians around the country to our MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge. Out over over 50 submissions, Dr. Austin Chiang is one of 12 who advances to the finals to be held in our Final Smackdown on April 23 at the Boston Google Headquarters. We interviewed Dr. Chiang to learn more about his incredible background and his innovative submission, “Procedure Bank.”

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Supplements No Guard Against Country’s Top Killers

Supplements No Guard Against Country’s Top Killers

By Austin Chiang, M.D.
Image credit: John Liu

The millions of Americans who take daily supplements may be doing nothing to cut their risk of cancer and heart disease, according to updated guidelines released Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF.

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Buzzed Kids Switching From Soda to Energy Drinks

Buzzed Kids Switching From Soda to Energy Drinks

I recently had the great honor of publishing my first abcnews.com piece. Thanks to the experts I interviewed as well as the editors at ABC News! Check out the piece below.

Buzzed Kids Switching From Soda to Energy Drinks
By Austin Chiang, M.D.

Where are kids getting their caffeine fix these days? Not from soda, according to a new report – or at least not as much...

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