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Assessing the credibility of health care tweets: Six easy steps

October 14, 2012
Assessing the credibility of health care tweets: Six easy steps

  Twitter, like the Internet in general, has become a vast source of and resource for health care information. As with other tools on the Internet it also has the potential for misinformation to be distributed. In some cases this is done by accident by those with the best intentions. In other cases it...
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Altmetrics: counting what’s going to count

June 26, 2012
Altmetrics: counting what’s going to count

The altmetric movement is intended to develop new measures of production and contribution in academia. The following article provides a primer for research scholars on what metrics they should consider collecting when participating in various forms of social media. Twitter ThinkUp If you participate on Twitter you should be keeping track of the number...
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Growth of the online patient movement

June 24, 2012
Growth of the online patient movement

The following provides a timeline of articles that appeared in newspapers and blogs from January 2011 to present. The articles provided demonstrate a progress from patient engagement in online communities to those that include reference to increasing provider involvement.
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Using Twitter as a valid and reliable information source: proceed with caution

May 29, 2012
Using Twitter as a valid and reliable information source: proceed with caution

For the past three years I have tweeted using the Twitter iPad application, as well as sending tweets from its web-based interface on my iPad, desktop and laptop. In addition, I occasionally use the third-party application TweetDeck. I have my Twitter notifications set to receive emails when new subscribers follow me, when someone re-tweets...
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Implications of indexing eHealth and Social Media articles in PubMed

May 13, 2012
Implications of indexing eHealth and Social Media articles in PubMed

There are 5615 journals currently indexed in PubMed. I was curious to know which of these journals is publishing articles on eHealth. I searched the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) using the word: “eHealth” and found three entry terms: eHealth, Mobile Health and Telehealth. I adapted a script and ran individual searches on the years...
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Minard’s map of Napoleon’s March: the missing pieces

April 25, 2012
Minard’s map of Napoleon’s March: the missing pieces

Introduction Many of us are familiar with Charles Minard’s map of Napoleon’s March to Moscow in 1812 (Figure 1). This map has been reproduced in various publications including Edward Tufte’s “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”. As Tufte noted the map provides us with various pieces of data: the width of the brown line...
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Patients and providers: identifying a diabetes dialogue gap?

April 2, 2012
Patients and providers: identifying a diabetes dialogue gap?

In a previous post I used Google Charts to explore how data from a web-based source (Statistics Canada) can be mined and displayed in format that provided us with some insights. The data visualization (in the form of bar charts) demonstrated that rates of diabetes are increasing and more so in certain geographical areas...
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Top ten missing Twitter Analytics

March 19, 2012

Like most people I have a hectic schedule and a lot of information to process. As an interdisciplinary researcher my interests include but are not limited to: health care, technology and emerging methodologies to measure effectiveness. To curate and parse this material I use a variety of web-based sources.  Some of the content comes...
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Visualizing Canadian diabetes rates with Google Charts

March 5, 2012
Visualizing Canadian diabetes rates with Google Charts

I have wanted to explore data using some of the advanced charting tools that are now available on the Internet for some time now. I’ve looked at quite a few options including Tableau and some GIS (Geographic Information System) programs such as ArcGIS and Instant Atlas.  Most of these were expensive or used complex...
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A review of ThinkUp: An open source social media analytics application

February 13, 2012
A review of ThinkUp:   An open source social media analytics application

It has been said that if you didn’t pay for the product then you are the product. Nowhere is this more evident than with the plethora of social media analytics applications currently available on the Internet.  For example, there are dozens of applications that provide feedback on your use of Twitter (see in particular...
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