Other Bloggers Review: 33charts.com

by Token Health on January 22, 2012 in Other Bloggers

This is part of the Other Bloggers Review series where I write about other bloggers around the web.

33charts.com is a blog by Bryan Vartabedian, MD who is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. The site is running on WordPress with the Thesis theme.

The site has been up since April 2009. He offers his services as a speaker and states that he is  ”one of health care’s influential voices on social technology and its role in transforming medicine.” His two most popular speaking programs are:

  1. Twitter MD – Understanding Medicine in the Era of Social Engagement
  2. The Physician Redefined – How Technology and the Empowered Patient are Shaping the Future of the American Physician

The latest post on January 19, 2012,  titled “Book Notes: The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” discusses a new book that has just came out called the The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care by Eric Topol. He states

“I suspect that 150 years from now when historians are looking back at the most dramatic flexion point in medicine’s history they’ll reference this book as one of the first to identify the start of medicine’s creative destruction.”

In a post on January 16, 2012, titled “How Often Should a Physician Blog,” a discussion is made that this depends. He says you need to think about why you are blogging and what you hope to get out of it. He states:

“If you are dependent upon advertising you must continually feed the beast.  If, on the other hand, you are a general surgeon interested in showcasing some of your thinking before potential patients, you might get the job done posting a couple of times a month.”

In a post on November 5, 2011, titled “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Doctor,” he states:

“This should be the time when physicians define themselves as leaders and teachers.  But most of us are defined by our escalating model of busyness.  Controlled chaos is a virtue.  Too busy and too tired to see beyond the end of a clinic, opportunity is overlooked. “

In a post on October 20, 2011, titled “The Digital Physician,” a discussion is made of how physicians are changing from analog to digital. He defines different qualities of a digital physician and of an analog physician.

The digital physician is described as

  1. Information consumption is web-based
  2. Rarely uses a pen.
  3. Socially connected.
  4. E-patient centric.
  5. Mobile dependent.
  6. Uses digital tools to control inputs.

The analog physician is described as

  1. Consumes information through paper books and journals.
  2. Still use paper charts.
  3. Has little to no social presence.
  4. Physician centric.
  5. Smart phone has no real role in her provision of care.
  6. Core inputs are snail mail box and email.

In a post on August 22, 2011, titled “Doctors and the Reality of Information Overload,” he states:

“Perhaps the biggest challenges facing the next generation of physicians is information overload.  The problem: Unlimited information on limited human bandwidth.  There’s simply too much to read and see. “

He offers some helpful ideas to help control your inputs.

Overall I am impressed with the information provided on 33charts.com. Some of the posts can be quite short but they are thought provoking. The site has not been modified much from the basic Thesis theme so a bit of flair/customization here could be useful to help better navigate the information and posts offered.

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