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After a long journey with cancer, Stuart Scott passed away earlier this morning. This quote from Stuart, from this year’s ESPYS, has stayed with me. That night, Stuart Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. This is a man who showed amazing courage in his life and impacted many.

“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live,” he said. “So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.”

Here’s the YouTube video of his entire speech:

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You’re a social media user. Maybe even an early adopter. Then you may have heard of Thunderclap. If not, check out this terrific video introducing this powerful crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. The platform allows you to lend your voice to a cause – along with the voices of many others. (Depicted in the screen shot above is New York Presbyterian’s Thunderclap page where supporters can join in and help share NYP’s message celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.) Watch the video to learn how Thunderclap works.

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DocuSeries Provides An Inside Look Into Lawrence General Hospital

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This is really cool. My firm’s client, Lawrence General Hospital, will be featured in a documentary series that initially airs on July 6th at 10pm on Discovery Fit & Health. The award-winning program from Maverick TV, Bizarre ER, features fascinating and strange cases of medical survival that come through hospital emergency department doors. This season marks the first time the medical documentary series has been filmed at a U.S. hospital. According to Executive Producer Mark Downie, the fifth season of the popular series will be accessible to over one billion potential viewers worldwide.

Filmed on location in the U.S. at Lawrence General, in the United Kingdom and with follow up stories from around the world, each 30 minute episode of BIZARRE ER follows several patients facing an unusual injury, from the moment they walk through the doors of the emergency room. Viewers will join patients through the process of diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately discharge from the hospital. From body piercings gone awry to an eye glued shut, BIZARRE ER brings viewers into the lighter side of the emergency room.

“We are thrilled that Discovery Channel and Maverick TV selected our high-efficiency Emergency Center for the series. Viewers around the globe will soon be witness to the depth and breadth of the care provided at Lawrence General, as well as the compassion and capabilities of our amazing clinical team.” states Dianne J. Anderson, President & CEO, Lawrence General Hospital.

“Our Emergency Center is renowned for superior care delivered in a highly-efficient manner. Our strength is derived from our team of talented, dedicated physicians, nurses, consulting specialists, technicians and support staff; we are excited to be able to offer viewers a glimpse into the care delivered each and every day at Lawrence General Hospital.” adds George Kondylis, MD, FACEP, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Lawrence General Hospital.

“I was amazed at the professionalism, capabilities, efficiency and overall calmness of Lawrence General’s trauma staff, and it was an honor to work with them. We are excited that worldwide, viewer access to BIZARRE ER will top one billion individuals, our show’s widest spread yet; the series is already airing in Norway and Bulgaria and is rated in the top ten in both countries.” says Mark Downie, Executive Producer of BIZARRE ER, Head of Factual for Maverick TV.

BIZARRE ER is produced for Discovery Networks International (DNI) by Maverick TV. For DNI, Jon Sechrist is Executive Producer and for Maverick, Head of Factual Mark Downie is Executive Producer.

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Screen Shot 2013-04-12 at 8.50.43 AMLast week someone Tweeted a link to Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson’s TEDx Talk: “Why are patients not finding their doctors online?” I’ve know Dr. Swanson for a few years now and share her vision for a better way for patients and clinicians to interact. As she said in her talk: “Our job in health, and our job as patients, and our job as clinicians and care givers is to not react, but to anticipate where we’re going. To meet people where they really are.” Yes, we need to meet people where they really are! The idea is so simple, but this has not been the practice in healthcare in America. As you know, a good percentage of the people we need to reach are on the Internet, on social media, and seeking health information online. These are the spaces clinicians need to occupy. If you’re a marketer, Dr. Swanson’s words should resonate. Good marketing is about finding ways to have your marketing meet consumers within the context of their lives. It is about finding those intersections and then communicating in a manner that starts a conversation. This is the idea of marketing “with” rather than “at” your audience. And I love her emphasis on using social media to listen and to learn. We can all learn from her example.

Check out Dr. Swanson’s TEDx Talk in this 10 minute video. It will be time well spent.

One brief note: Dr. Swanson will be a keynote speaker at the Healthcare Marketing Strategies Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 6-8, 2013. I’m pleased that I will once again have the opportunity to hear Dr. Swanson present her vision. I’m also honored to be one of the speakers at the event, produced by the Forum for Healthcare Strategists.

You can visit Dr. Swanson’s Seattle Mama Doc blog at http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/.

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Could consumers using kiosks to speak remotely with physicians be the future of healthcare – or at least one affordable component? The Healthspot Station is an enclosed kiosk equipped with a teleconference system, allowing patients to speak privately with a doctor on-screen. Using equipment available in the kiosk, the patient works with the physician to remotely gather health-related data such as weight, height, temperature, and blood pressure. Healthspot claims to be “the first true integration of telehealth and primary care.”

Here’s how Healthspot describes its system (Source: Healthspot.net):

Visit the HealthSpot Station for a variety of primary care conditions. HealthSpot literally gives you the tools you need to get better — integrated medical equipment and board certified doctors make your neighborhood HealthSpot Station the one-stop option for great care. And online follow-up care ensures that the end of your appointment is only the beginning of better health.

“When you use HealthSpot, you can:

  • Schedule an appointment online or simply drop by your nearest HealthSpot Station for a visit any time you need care
  • Track your medical history with secure electronic records through our website
  • Get a prescription at any convenient HealthSpot Station location and review medication instructions online
  • Sign up for online access to wellness information and follow-up care reminders.”

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According to FollowerWonk, there are currently 18,363 self-professed social media gurus,  21,928 Social Media Mavens, and 21,876 Social Media Ninjas. This is based on Twitter users with “social media” as part of their bio. In all, there are more than 181,000 people who identify themselves as some sort of social media expert. Remarkable. I discovered this in an article from AdAge on January 7, 2013.

The whole “social media guru” thing has always been one of my pet peeves. For years now I’ve started every social media presentation with a caveat about social media gurus. I explain that we are all traveling this steep learning curve together. The target is moving at a rapid pace and it is all most of us can do to keep up. I’m leery of anyone who thinks they got this figured out. That would be arrogant and reckless. I’d rather be a constant student of social media, marketing and strategy, than a guru or a ninja. Perhaps it is best to be an unGuru. I like the sound of that.

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