- Physicians do spend time online, but their number one site is still Medscape.
- They don’t have the time to connect with patients with social media and don’t see the value.
- Drug company studies are a good source of information, but they want to “know more”.
- Patients are “rarely’ coming to them asking for advertised drugs.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Online health seekers are using social media as a resource for health information, but because of privacy issues they are not posting questions. The primary utility of social media for health is using links provided by other online health seekers and discussing management of chronic conditions. Continue reading
The results from an online quantitative survey reveal what patients REALLY think of mobile health and they do not align with the current “buzz” around the channel. n=1774 Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: I was invited to attend a focus group panel on health care in Weston, Florida and was not prepared for the anger and frustration I heard from the range of people of all ages, demographics and backgrounds. It’s clear our health care system is very broken and that “empowered patients” is more of a buzzword than reality. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: There is still a lot of frustration in the search for online health information among all demographic segments. While pharma sites were seen as adding some value the majority of users still felt the need to search deeper to get both more information and views of current treatment options available. Continue reading