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    • Medical Blog Basics & Medical Uses of RSS Feed Readers December 17, 2008 Presented by Judy Kammerer, MA, MLIS, AHIP Medical Librarian, UCSF Fresno & CRMC Email: [email_address]
    • What is a Blog?
      • Simple website that allows you to enter information without coding
      • Data is instantly published to your website
      • Individual entries are called “posts”
      • Posts are dated with newest at top
      • Easy to add frequent content
      • Good forum for sharing information
      • Allows others to add comments
    • Popular Free Blog Platforms
      • WordPress: http://wordpress.com/
      • Blogger: https://www.blogger.com/start
    • What Blogs Allow You To Do
      • Share personal information, opinions, creative works, commentary, professional expertise
      • Entries posted chronologically and can be organized into topical folders (categories)
      • Separate pages can be added with content, but individual posts only appear on home page
      • Include pictures, audio & video links, links to web pages & Power Points
      • Allow comments or make private
    • What Blogs Will Not Do
      • Pages cannot be formatted into tables – appearance is set by template chosen
      • Excel spreadsheets cannot be posted
    • Why Use a Blog?
      • Patient education
      • Discussion with colleagues (local/global)
      • Create interest groups
      • Promote your practice / programs
      • Develop an interest & organize online information
      • Community service / post screening tools
    • Cautions
      • HIPAA considerations
        • Avoid using any of the 18 health information identifiers when reporting interesting cases
      • Include a disclaimer on home page
        • Avoid impression of giving medical advice
      • Copyright considerations
        • Links are okay
        • Journals table of contents are okay
        • Avoid PDF article attachments
    • What are RSS Feed Readers?
      • Blog entries are published using RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
      • RSS content can be read using software called “RSS reader,” “feed reader,” or “aggregator”
      • The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds (blogs) regularly for new content & downloads it for easy accessibility
      • It provides an easy method of keeping current (pulling the newest information from multiple sources into one place)
    • Free RSS Reader Platforms
      • GoogleReader: www.google.com/reader/
      • Bloglines: www.bloglines.com
      • FeedReader: http://www.feedreader.com/
      • NewsGator: http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NewsGatorOnline/Default.aspx
    • Reasons to Use RSS Readers
      • You prefer to have new information aggregated in one place to check regularly, including:
        • Favorite blog sites
        • PubMed searches (you can set up searches so that you receive citations meeting that criteria as soon as they are published)
        • Professional association blog updates
        • Table of Contents from current issues of favorite journals
    • Examples
      • Popular physician’s blog: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/
      • List of medical blogs with search function: http://medlogs.com
      • E-Health article on “Entering the World of Medical Blogs”: http://medgadget.com/archives/Medical%20Blogs%20ACOG.pdf