Sometimes in life, all you have to do is ASK.  That’s how I managed to get Kevin Pho, MD, Founder of, a/k/a “social media’s leading physician voice,” to grant me an exhaustive Interview about the increased role of Health Care Social Media (“HCSM”) in the Practice of Medicine.  The combination of our respective backgrounds as Physician and Patient made for a compelling and informative interview which covered BOTH perspectives with respect to HCSM.  Ergo, whether you are a medical professional, patient, doctor, medical school student, etc., I think you will enjoy Dr. Pho’s informative and thoughtful answers as we talked about everything from Rating Physicians on-line to integrating mobile health & Smartphones into the traditional medical examination room to the present/future effects of ObamaCare on Healthcare and discussed the prospects of using technology like Skype for Video Medical Exams and chronic illness Follow-ups.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with, here are the formidable accolades and “notices” of his extraordinary career in HCSM:

  • Social Media’s Leading Physician Voice
  • is the web’s leading destination for physician insight on breaking medical news.
  • Klout named the web’s top social media influencer in health care and medicine. (Klout is a company that provides social media analytics to measure a user’s influence across his or her social network. The analysis is done on data taken from sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and measures the size of a person’s network, the content created, and purports to measure how other people interact with that content.)
  • Forbes hailed as a “must-read blog,” and CNN named @KevinMD as one of its five recommended health care Twitter feeds.
  • His commentary regularly appears in USA Today, where he is a member of their editorial Board of Contributors, as well as CNN and the New York Times.  His opinion pieces highlight the challenges everyday doctors face, ranging from the primary care shortage to the epidemic of physician burnout.
  • He also shares his social media insights in the upcoming book, Establishing, managing, and protecting your online reputation: A social media guide for physicians and medical practices.

I separated the January 24, 2013, Interview into 3-parts and TODAY posted all three parts at once because Dr. Pho’s answers were so succinct yet thorough that I didn’t  see the point to staggering them out.  Accordingly, the Links to all three (3) are below and consume/enjoy them at your convenience and PLEASE feel free to share any COMMENTS on my Blog. Interview re: Health Care Social Media – Part 1 of 3 Interview re: Health Care Social Media – Part 2 of 3 Interview re: Health Care Social Media – Part 3 of 3

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MAW PPP January 28 2013