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Social media in healthcare is big! By that I mean big in terms of its impact on patient behaviour and expectations of their healthcare providers, and big in terms of how broad reaching and pervasive the social media phenomenon is. Social media can be applied to numerous aspects of medical practice. It can be used…

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The February issue of Health Affairs has an interesting report about physician attitudes to personal health records. The authors, Matthew K. Wynia, Gretchen Williams Torres, and Josh Lemieux, based their conclusions on a survey of physicians done in 2008–2009. The abstract, available on the Health Affairs website, includes the following conclusion: “64 percent have never used…

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