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Monday, May 15, 2017

US Physicians and Health Reform - An Online Study

As you’re likely aware, the US House of Representatives last week narrowly passed House of Representatives Bill 2192 – more commonly known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) or Trumpcare. There was a time when physicians wouldn’t have been considered terribly “political,” and there still is a strongly pervasive “culture of permission” in medicine (see Dr. Bryan Vartabedian‘s thinking on this evolving phenomenon). However, like many other things we’ve taken for granted in the Trump era, the old rules really just don’t apply.
In order to assess physicians’ reactions to our most recent version of health reform, we consulted the MDigitalLife Online Health Ecosystem database. As a frame of reference, during the 3-year period between 2014 and 2016, .43% of physicians’ posts were related to health reform*. In the “new normal” of 2017, that percentage has risen to 3.1%, an increase of more than 6x.
Because we suspected that the passage of HR2192 in the house was going to cause a firestorm among online physicians, we decided to zoom in on the week that it was passed – Monday the 1st of May through Friday the 5th of May. As suspected, the passage of the house bill caused quite a stir.
Review the entire 3-Post series here; originally published on MDigitalLife.com:

  1. Online Physicians and Health Reform - By the Numbers
  2. Online Physicians and Health Reform - A Closer Look
  3. Online Physicians Overwhelmingly Oppose Health Reform Bill

Friday, February 10, 2017

A nurse's guide to Twitter

I always love to see healthcare professionals joining the incredible online communities that have formed on Twitter over the last several years (indeed, MDigitalLife, my passion-turned-business unit at W2O Group, is based on exactly that). Wanted to highlight this nice resource that was recently created by AusMed, one of Australia's leading nursing education and continuing professional development (CPD) providers. It's designed to help nurses and midwives join twitter and participate in a way that is valuable, safe, and easy. Well done, folks!

You can check out this excellent resource here: A Nurse's Guide to Twitter. Let me know what you think!