Weekly Links Roundup 2.14.11

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

5 Fictions About Social Media for Public Health and Healthcare: Craig LeFebvre (@chiefmaven) points out some misconceptions about the role of social media in public health and why we should be cautious. I would like to see current stats on Myspace and if it is still worth mentioning.

Former Google Exec Heads to Healthline Networks: Maya Capur will now be Vice President of Business Development at the SF based health information provider.

ZocDoc opens Los Angeles location: Enjoy having an urgent need to book a doctor appointment only to find out they are available 6 months from now? Neither do a lot of other folks. This is why ZocDoc is around, a service helping to solidify same day doctor’s appointments.

Top 10 places Cold and Flu Germs Hide: Walter from HighlightHEALTH goes undercover and reveals prime germ hideouts that we may or may not be familiar with. Don’t let down your guard just because cold/flu season is winding down!

Gates Foundation’s Director of Global Health Steps Down: Dr. Yamada makes good on his commitment of 5 years at the Gates Foundation. He was integral in developing the Access to Medicine Index, which ranks drug companies based on their efforts to provide low-cost medications to low-income people and countries around the world.

Mashups = Mobile Health Success: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of HealthPopuli expands her thoughts on mashups/collaboration of different professions and backgrounds being the key for mHealth development. I wholeheartedly agree with this for the big picture of public health, as well.

Alaska + Hawaii Team Up for Telehealth in Rural Areas: Another boost to rural health with technology in parts of the country that need it. What is telehealth you ask?

The Doctor Will Tweet You Now: Scott Hensley of NPR’s Health blog, Shots, takes a look at social media “uh ohs” for physicians on Twitter.

Our Health Sucks But Our Medicine is Awesome: KevinMD hosts a guest post from a doctor who apparently doesn’t think Washington, “Obamacare” or even public health efforts are worth much to improve our health. Can I even go out on a limb here and add in…doctors don’t get it either? And they aren’t necessarily supposed to – as pointed out behaviors are the deeper issue. Who cares how advanced our medicine is if the folks that need it either a) have limited access b) still think doctors are out to get them?

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