Online health information is driving change in the ways patients interact with their doctors, producing both positive and negative results, according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Patient demand for easy electronic access to their healthcare providers continues to rise, but practices have more work to do in adopting communications technologies and engaging people in using them.
.While many companies use social media to promote their brand or business, it is often a challenge for hospitals that must balance the need to market their organizations and protect patient privacy in online postings, according to a report in the Yakima Herald.
As online ratings play an increasing role in consumer healthcare decisions, many healthcare organizations are getting into the ratings game by posting real patient feedback on their web sites, according to CNBC.
.As patients turn to online ratings on sites such as Yelp, ZocDoc and Facebook to choose a hospital or doctor, some providers work to turn the rankings to their advantage, the Washington Post reports.
Physicians grapple with ethical issues throughout their careers and a new report published in Academic Medicine calls for medical schools to make these topics a part of their medical training.
The healthcare industry can learn from the social media response to West Africa's 2014 Ebola outbreak, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The healthcare industry's shift from volume to value has made it more important than ever for hospitals and healthcare organizations to actively engage patients in their care, according to Health Affairs.
Score one more for the power of social media: Patients' Facebook ratings of hospitals appear to correlate with a widely used metric of care quality, a new study found.
In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, John Englehart, vice president and chief marketing officer for Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, talks about the organization's patient engagement initiative that snowballed into what he believes is the largest public online forum of orthopedic and rheumatological patient stories that currently exists.