January 2009 archive

Jan 31 2009

From Cranky Bloggers to Peanut Butter: Week in Review

Here’s an update on my Every Patient’s Advocate activities for the week of January 25 to 31: See this icon?  It means this link includes an opportunity for you to participate, beyond just a comment.  However, please remember that your comments to any article or post are always welcome. This icon indicates a piece that …

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Jan 29 2009

A Different Perspective on the Sale of Wellsphere

(To my patient-readers: feel free to pass this one up. It’s aimed at my fellow healthcare bloggers who have been participating in a program begun by Wellsphere. Wellsphere made a business move that is quite unpopular and has made many members of the health blogosphere very cranky….) I’ve pondered this for two days now. I …

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Jan 27 2009

Is Google Strong-Arming the Feds to Allow Sale of Health Information?

For several years now, I’ve sounded the warning bells — stay away from those websites that allow you to put your own health records online for free…. You can’t imagine how much grief I’ve taken for that statement.  Especially when I point out that organizations like the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic are actually …

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Jan 24 2009

Do You Twitter or Facebook Your Way to Better Health?

This is a question being discussed these days through social networking sites — you know, those Facebook and Twitter and MySpace and Plaxo and LinkedIn and Ning and other sites where you can carry on conversations with “virtual” strangers…. So I’m curious.  Have you sought health information through social networking?  Do you Twitter?  or have …

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Jan 22 2009

Electronic Medical Records and Privacy – Oil and Water

I’ve written many times before about electronic medical records, personal health records and privacy.  They can’t effectively be used in the same sentence unless you bring up oil and water, too.  They just don’t mix. An incident right here in my office spawned this post.  Twice in the past week, a stranger’s medical records have …

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