One of the biggest weights around the ankles of healthcare social media are the elusive guidelines from the FDA around social media and pharma. Well, the FDA recently came out with some social media guidance, but don’t get too excited. The twelve page document is about as simple and clear as it’s title; “Guidance for Industry Responding to Unsolicited Requests for Off-Label Information About Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices” Read More
I love this app by Skyscape! Why? Because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to get a prescription filled only to find out it’s not covered by my insurance, or worse yet to later learn there was a much cheaper generic or over-the-counter version my doctor never told me about. This app puts all that information at my doctor’s fingertips saving us both time, phone calls to the pharmacist and money. Read More
At first glance I thought this was more marketing snake oil, but at the end of the article it points to three examples that bring to light another gift of healthcare social media, supporting patients who have conditions with social stigmas.
Patients with psoriasis suffer social stigma too and traditionally try hard to hide that they have the condition. On the contrary, when they use social media they become open about it, share their experiences and connect with others by taking part in conversation. They are no longer isolated, which in itself is a move away from them feeling stigmatized.
While Grandma and Grandpa may not go to a blog for health advice the next generation caring for them will. The rapidly growing senior population in America will need increasing care and their families will need increasing support and eduction. Here’s a great list of 10 Social Media sites for Geriatrics. Tweet This to grandma. Read more.