Patient Involvement

March 23rd, 2016

A Colorectal Cancer Conversation on Facebook Live

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

In keeping with our colorectal cancer awareness efforts, we hosted a conversation yesterday with Mayo Clinic surgeon Heidi Nelson, M.D. on Facebook Live. Here it is, in case you missed it: Mayo Clinic expert shares 5 things to know about #colorectalcancer Posted by Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Because the Facebook embedded player […]

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Tags: Colorectal Cancer, Facebook Live


March 23rd, 2016

Health Care Superheroes Can Stop Patients From Peeing Blue

By Ronald Petrovich ronaldpetrovich

“I am the fastest man alive … An accident made me the impossible,” says Barry Allen in the opening of The CW’s TV series, “The Flash.” Superhero Jessica Jones, now a Netflix sensation, gained flight and unearthly strength after an accident with chemicals. My mishap with synthetic substances was not as dramatic as The Flash […]

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Tags: Colleen Young, Cynthia Waldman, HCM, HCM Association, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Lisa Salberg, mayo clinic, Ron Petrovich, social media, testicular cancer


November 5th, 2015

The Right Way and Wrong Way to Manage Patient Criticism Online

By Jeff Segal jeffsegal

Understatement: Not all patients will be happy with their doctors. Years ago, this problem was local and ephemeral. Today, criticism spreads online and has longevity; posing a problem and providing an opportunity. The problem is obvious. The opportunity is turning a negative online stab into a positive presence. Let’s examine two case studies; one illustrating […]

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October 13th, 2015

Online Patient Reviews – Important? Useful?

By Jeff Segal jeffsegal

Two questions to explore: Are online patient reviews important? What determines if patients will write them? The first question is easy to answer. Yes, patient reviews are important and becoming a key factor in the viability and prosperity of medical practices. A 2014 Research Letter in JAMA concluded: “Fifty-nine percent of respondents reported physician rating […]

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July 1st, 2015

Viewpoint: 6 Trends Toward Higher Cost, Worse Health, Less Access

By Matthew Katz, MD mattkatz

Editor’s Note: Moving right along with our series of viewpoints and predictions from thought leaders, here’s one from Platinum Fellow Matt Katz, M.D. (@subatomicdoc).  When I contacted him via DM (direct message) on Twitter about the somewhat dismal nature of his observations, Matt reminded me, “Correlation isn’t causation so we can hope I’m wrong.” And yes, […]

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Tags: ACA, HITECH, Matthew Katz, MD


March 20th, 2015

Social Media is the Profound Change Fueling the e-Patient World

By Meredith Gould meredithgould

Editor’s Note: Dave deBronkart’s (aka, ePatientDave) connection with MCCSM spans years. It includes serving on our External Advisory Board as well as being in our first Platinum Fellow cohort. We were proud to have Dave announce his Visiting Professor appointment to the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine during Social Media Week 2014. At last, Dave will arrive on […]

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Tags: Dave DeBronkart, ePatient Dave


March 12th, 2015

Apple’s New ResearchKit: A Doctor’s View

By Mike Sevilla, MD drmikesevilla

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post appeared on Dr. Mike Sevilla | Family Physician.  In my opinion, the most important announcement from Apple this week was not about its watch, but about Apple HealthKit and Apple ResearchKit. I believe these two new software frameworks will revolutionize medical research in ways we do not even understand […]

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Tags: Apple HealthKit, Apple ResearchKit, Mike Sevilla


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