12 17 08 Rev Medical Blog Basics

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12 17 08 Rev Medical Blog Basics

  1. 1. 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]
  2. 2. What is a Blog? <ul><li>Simple website that allows you to enter information without coding </li></ul><ul><li>Data is instantly published to your website </li></ul><ul><li>Individual entries are called “posts” </li></ul><ul><li>Posts are dated with newest at top </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to add frequent content </li></ul><ul><li>Good forum for sharing information </li></ul><ul><li>Allows others to add comments </li></ul>
  3. 3. Popular Free Blog Platforms <ul><li>WordPress: http://wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger: https://www.blogger.com/start </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Blogs Allow You To Do <ul><li>Share personal information, opinions, creative works, commentary, professional expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Entries posted chronologically and can be organized into topical folders (categories) </li></ul><ul><li>Separate pages can be added with content, but individual posts only appear on home page </li></ul><ul><li>Include pictures, audio & video links, links to web pages & Power Points </li></ul><ul><li>Allow comments or make private </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Blogs Will Not Do <ul><li>Pages cannot be formatted into tables – appearance is set by template chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Excel spreadsheets cannot be posted </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Use a Blog? <ul><li>Patient education </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion with colleagues (local/global) </li></ul><ul><li>Create interest groups </li></ul><ul><li>Promote your practice / programs </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an interest & organize online information </li></ul><ul><li>Community service / post screening tools </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cautions <ul><li>HIPAA considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid using any of the 18 health information identifiers when reporting interesting cases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include a disclaimer on home page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid impression of giving medical advice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Copyright considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links are okay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals table of contents are okay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid PDF article attachments </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What are RSS Feed Readers? <ul><li>Blog entries are published using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS content can be read using software called “RSS reader,” “feed reader,” or “aggregator” </li></ul><ul><li>The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds (blogs) regularly for new content & downloads it for easy accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>It provides an easy method of keeping current (pulling the newest information from multiple sources into one place) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Free RSS Reader Platforms <ul><li>GoogleReader: www.google.com/reader/ </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines: www.bloglines.com </li></ul><ul><li>FeedReader: http://www.feedreader.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>NewsGator: http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NewsGatorOnline/Default.aspx </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reasons to Use RSS Readers <ul><li>You prefer to have new information aggregated in one place to check regularly, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Favorite blog sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed searches (you can set up searches so that you receive citations meeting that criteria as soon as they are published) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional association blog updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Table of Contents from current issues of favorite journals </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Examples <ul><li>Popular physician’s blog: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/ </li></ul><ul><li>List of medical blogs with search function: http://medlogs.com </li></ul><ul><li>E-Health article on “Entering the World of Medical Blogs”: http://medgadget.com/archives/Medical%20Blogs%20ACOG.pdf </li></ul>

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