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Doc jokes on social media may have real-world implications

Although jokes at the expense of doctors and hospitals aren't new, researchers who looked at the popularity of the one-liners on Facebook say the study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research provides insight into the use of social networking sites for research related to health and medicine.

3 free ways to please employees

Keeping employees happy and motivated doesn't have to break the bank. A recent MonsterThinking.com post offered three free (or cost saving) ways to keep staff motivated: 

Docs increasingly monitoring online reviews

Cognizant that online reviews increasingly are swaying patient decisions about medical care, more and more doctors are monitoring such reviews about themselves, according to the results of a new physician survey.

Mount Sinai hires Facebook whiz to crunch big data

Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York is employing Facebook's first data scientist to spearhead data-crunching techniques he once used to target online advertisements for predictive healthcare.

3 ways to get docs to use hospital social media

Doctors are crucial to hospitals' marketing and social media strategies but organizations across the country struggle to get their physicians to use social media.

Do patients put too much stock in online research?

U.S. consumers spend roughly 52 hours a year--one hour per week--searching online for health information, while in-person doctor visits occur three times annually, according to a new survey conducted by healthcare marketing firm Makovsky Health and research consultancy Kelton.

Top 3 hospitals on social media

Hospital jargon isn't just about medicine anymore. Does your hospital tweet? Post to Facebook? Is it on Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn or Tumblr? MHADegree.org recently examined the most popular social media networks to rank the 50 most socially engaged hospitals.

Even amid strong opinions, docs must keep online conversations civil

Online forums and social media sites can make it all too easy for doctors to vent--and too easy to offend. The debate over whether nurse practitioners should be allowed to practice independently provides a key example of how online comments can quickly turn ugly.

Facebook founder's Internet.org initiative has potential for mHealth

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week a new initiative, Internet.org, with the lofty goal of bringing web access to five billion people throughout the developing world. In...

Hospital fires employees over Facebook patient photo post

An off-duty emergency room employee at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health was fired after taking a picture of a woman who was in the ER and posting it to Facebook.