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See In Action How Medical Education Is Re-Designed!

I’ve been teaching medical students about the meaningful use of health IT, social media and other disruptive technologies for 5 years. I created a digital format of the course therefore any medical student or medical professional in the world can access the materials and finish the course.


There are 3 additional projects going on right now:

  1. My students fight for bonus points on the Facebook page of the course. I post challenges every single day during the semester and I will also measure the effectiveness of this approach with the surveys students will fill in soon, but I can tell you now it’s going just great with over a hundred students participating and competing with their knowledge. This out-of-the-curriculum experience helps them a lot in learning to use the Internet more efficiently. I knew I had to find them with such an approach where they are online and based on the first week survey, 100% of them are on Facebook.
  2. As e-patients lead the movement of including social media in the practice of medicine, we need to listen to them. I already said that every medical student in the world must read the bookLet Patients Help” from E-patient Dave and I’m taking the first step when I include this book in this semester’s recommended reading list, plus also including questions about the book in the final written exam. I’m working on persuading Semmelweis University (where I teach my course) to endorse it first and make it a must-read book for every medical student.
  3. We need to demonstrate disruptive technologies to students, not just talking about them. When I asked Dr. David Albert that I would love to show AliveCor to the students live, he kindly made it happen and I have my own AliveCor now. This April, I will show students how to do an ECG with an iPhone. This is the first step and I’m looking for other innovators and vendors to let me present their technologies to students. The only way to have tech-savvy physicians in the healthcare system is to train them like that.


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  1. Excellent post and speaks to my view of social media in healthcare. It works best when social media is tied to an educational strategy not just a tactic with no measurable goals/outcomes. The key point you address is patient inclusion with their physician in their healthcare is key and critical. We can never expect to get 100% of patients involved but we can expect to influence patients/caregivers who are seeking solutions to HC problems they want to solve. It fits with adult learning theory and practice.

    The bigger issue and goal here is that in order for the physician and patient to remain the single most important unit of learning in healthcare social media and other tactics need to be deployed as part of a learning strategy.

    The one question I have is what group of patients would most benefit from this active physician learning strategy?

    April 5, 2013
  2. I think those patients who need to get answers related to the digital world from their doctors. What do you think?

    April 5, 2013
  3. Technology has overpowered by all means in each and every industry. So even the doctors should also be trained to implement the technology invented that benefits the patient.

    April 8, 2013

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