Occupy Healthcare – Social media do have the potential to revolutionize medicine

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Can you smell revolution in the air? Social media like Twitter and Facebook helped catalyze the Arab Spring, and the Occupy movement’s global protests. Social media are often beyond the control of government, and allow citizen groups to form, share information and respond more quickly and with greater reach than ever before. With so much disaffection with modern healthcare, will healthcare too soon have its own Arab spring? Will old power structures be taken apart, and the compact between clinician, patient, industry and government reassembled into something new?

This is a theme I explore in a Croakey Health Blog:


It is a companion to my BMJ paper Social networks, social media and social disease.

There is  a BMJ podcast to accompany the paper, and you can listen in on my commentary  which starts at 9.54 minutes into the audio recording.  The ABC Radio National Health Report also ran an interview on the topic and has both audio as well as a transcript.

Interesting times for healthcare I think ….

How to get a PhD in Twenty Tweets

May 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

After two and a bit decades of working at the craft of innovation in technology, I was pulled up one day when one of my brilliant doctoral students asked me “How do you get a good idea?”. As I started to answer, I realised that innovative thinking is something I had learned, slowly and that in truth it could (and should) be taught explicitly.

My first attempt at writing down what I thought the ‘rules’ for innovation resulted in a series of twenty tweets – 10 do’s and 10 don’ts. It seemed like a fun way of keeping to the point, sharing, and seeing what others thought.

My bigger surprise as I embarked on the tweeting was the disdain my senior colleagues had for the social medium. I put my experiences down in a blog at the BMJ, as well as the twenty tweets.

I may return to these and expand, but for now, here is the original blog:


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