Searching Online for Health Information

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Internet activities go beyond using it to check your email, making online purchases, managing your online banking, playing games or updating your status in the social networking circles. 80% of internet users search online for health information. According to Pew Internet and American Life Project: [Source] 85% of U.S. adults use the internet. 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone, 53% of whom own Smartphones. 80% of internet…

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Power of Social Media: Sharecare, Twitter and You

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA One word to describe social media is engagement.  Social media allows relationships to develop and it fosters connection among the community.  A two-way conversation emerges and collaboration surfaces. Twitter, one platform in the social media arena, allows real-time communication to occur in 140 characters or less. Sharecare’s recent Twitter chat engaged the community with information to help them learn about the importance of sleep.  Sharecare’s sleep experts gathered online…

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Healthline Editors Nominate Healthin30 for Best Health Blog

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Healthin30 was recently notified by Healthline to announce the editors at Healthline nominated Healthin30 for the “Best Health Blog of 2011.” I’m honored to be included among the many wonderful health blogs.  While the editors at Healthline nominated Healthin30, the winners are determined by the number of votes from followers and friends.  Healthline will name the top three winners. Voting ends January 31, 2012 I’m getting a late start…

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Sharecare Experts on Twitter Chat – Social Media Networking Event

Shake Your Family Health Tree – Sharecare Twitter Chat By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Social Media Networking Event – @BarbaraFicarra Join me @BarbaraFicarra and @SharecareNow experts on 12/13 from 11am-1pm EST for a tweet-n-eat family health tree chat #SharecareLive Title:  Tweet-n-eat: Shake Your Family Health Tree Date/Time:  December 13, 2011, Tuesday  from 11am-1pm EST Topics of Focus:  Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, Alcoholism, Breast/Colon Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Obesity, Heart Disease, Hemophilia, Huntington’s Disease and Hemachromatosis…

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Health IT Engages in the World of Health 2.0

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Healthin30 begins to delve into the world of Health IT and we’ll bring you the latest innovations in health care technology. In the world of Health 2.0 (“user-generated phenomenon”), co-founder Matthew Holt brilliantly captures the technological geniuses that have created and developed health technologies for providers and patients to help reduce costs and simplify their life. I recently attended the Health 2.0 conference in Washington, D.C. and I was…

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