Social Media: 3 Notable Quotes in the Social Health Space

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

J&J Unit Closes Facebook Page Due To Comments by Ed Silverman

“This page was created – in a spirit of innovation – as a space for people affected by psoriasis to share experiences and information, and to discuss psoriasis and related topics. Janssen is proud to have provided this forum at a time when they weren’t as widespread as they are today. But instead of our original intention of facilitating meaningful conversations, our experience shows we are actually hampering conversations that could take place freely on a page run by a patient organization.” – Janssen Spokesman from Janssen UK unit of Johnson & Johnson commented on the shutting down of Psoriasis 360 Facebook page.  [Source:  Pharmalot]

How Doctors and Patients Do Harm by Tara Parker-Pope

New York Times Well blogger and author, Tara Parker-Pope interviewed Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, and author of “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick In America’’ (St. Martin’s Press).

“…I’ve seen that so many times, where doctors really have failed to evolve and failed to learn as the profession and the scientific evidence have changed over time…I blame patients, I blame doctors, I blame hospitals, I blame drug companies, I blame insurance companies. Our health care system is messed up because the system is designed to fail, and everybody is responsible for health care failing as it is now.” – Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, partial response when asked by Parker-Pope to explain how he  just doesn’t blame doctors for being greedy, but he blames patients for being gluttonous.” [Source:  The New York Times]

Full interview here>

The Top 5 Devious Lies You Hear About Social Media by Justin Brackett

“By now everyone and their dog knows I love social media. I gave up my full time job at a national law firm to pursue my passion and it’s pretty incredible to do what you love (and get paid). But, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns as some portray.  Like any other job, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and consistent engagement.  Social media marketers come a dime a billion these days and you must differentiate yourself. Or die trying!”  – Justin Brackett, VP of Shift Digital, shares insights about social media on SocialMediaToday. [Source:  SocialMediaToday]

Your turn

How do you feel about the responses above?   Are you surprised that Janssen UK unit of Johnson & Johnson closed down its Psoriasis 360 Facebook page?  What are your thoughts regarding Dr. Otis Brawley’s comments?  How would you respond to Justin’s comments regarding social media?

Please share your insightful thoughts in the comment section below.

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    Barbara, some interesting and thought-provoking items to comment on, as always! I want to comment on Dr. Brawley’s interview. There is no question that we have problems with our healthcare system, from all sides. However instead of blaming and pointing fingers, to me this reinforces the need for all to be at the table and talk to each other. This applies in the care of the individual patient as well as on a larger scale in terms of setting policies. It is only with open dialogue and dismantling of the silos that we can expect to have true partnerships with one common goal – effective disease prevention and treatment.

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