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City Attacks Small Businesses with Fines

The city is in desperate need of money!
Beware – they will fine and tax you into submission.

The bloomberg administration has so far received only $374,400 in fines from food cart vendors compared to last years $1.1 million – and $1.7 million in 2010 – Hence they are on the attack! Fines which are supposed to be for our safety are nothing more than the cities way of generating income – why else would it be a line item in their budget!

Trying to challenge such false fines leads to lost days wages, lost time and the inevitable “NO” from the judges in the pocket of the cash starved city!

Idea – politicians, union leaders and other execs using our money for their own personal gain – take a pay cut!

If you want to own a business in NY – forget it! You will be under attack! Extortion has been taken to new legal levels!

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Health Report – Obesity on the rise and government is not doing enough to fight it! – I told you its coming!

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The government thinks we are fat. The mayor of NY stops us from 16oz drinks or more. I told you whats next – they will decrease portion size, they will fore us by laws & taxes to be their perfect citizen. Understand social engineering – the government thinks they know best. PLEASE READ GEORGE ORWELLS ANIMAL FARM – its happening slowly

This administration and our current “leader” are not working in the best interest of our country.
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Report Predicts Increase In Obesity Rates In All States, New York To Rise In Rankings.

A new report (pdf) predicting a significant increase in obesity across the US received extensive coverage online, as well as moderate coverage in print. The report, from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, predicts higher obesity rates in all states by the year 2030.

USA Today (9/19, Hellmich) includes all fifty states’ current obesity rates, and what they are projected to be in 2030. New York currently ties for 42nd out of 51, with Nevada and Connecticut. Only seven states have lower rates today, but New York is projected to have a rate of 50.9% in 2030, higher than 12 states.

According to the Los Angeles Times (9/19, Bardin) “Booster Shots” blog, “The report…projects that Mississippi will continue to lead the nation, with a whopping 66% of its population projected to be obese in 2030, up from 35%.” Meanwhile, “even Colorado, that bastion of fitness perennially sitting at the bottom of the state-by-state obesity rankings, is projected to continue getting fatter, with 45% of its population qualifying as obese by 2030.”

The AP (9/19, Stobbe) reports that the “dismal forecast goes beyond the 42 percent national obesity level that federal health officials project by 2030.” The AP points out that “CDC officials declined to comment on the new report.”

According to The Hill (9/19, Viebeck) “Healthwatch” blog, the report “projects a massive rise in cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other weight-related disorders as Americans gain substantial weight.”

On its website, ABC News (9/19, Braun) reports, “The cost of treating these preventable obesity-related diseases is estimated to increase from $18 billion per year in 2011 to $66 billion per year by 2030.”

Modern Healthcare (9/19, Barr, Subscription Publication) reports, “The loss in economic productivity was estimated by the study, called ‘F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012,’ to be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually by 2030”

The Washington Post (9/19, Kliff) “Wonkblog” reports, however, that “TFAH models a separate future where the obesity rate rises 5 percent more slowly than it has historically. If that happened, ‘every state except Florida would save between 6.5 percent and 7.8 percent in obesity-related health costs.'”

CNN (9/19, Landau) reports, “The report recommends several policy interventions, such as increasing physical activity in schools, supporting healthy nutrition, putting in place new standards for school meals, and promoting preventive health care services.”

New York City Official Urges Stronger Government Role In Obesity Fight.

Bloomberg News (9/19, Pettypiece) reports, “Governments should regulate food companies on unhealthy ingredients in products that contribute to obesity, an epidemic that now affects one in three Americans and costs the US $150 billion a year, said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.” His city’s “limit on sugary soft drink sales is one example of the steps governments must take to stop the rise of obesity, he said today at a press conference on the topic held by the Journal of the American Medical Association.” Approximately “60 percent of adults in New York City are overweight or obese and one in eight have diabetes, which is often caused by obesity, Farley said.”

MedPage Today (9/19, Fiore) reports, “In a commentary in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association dedicated to obesity,” Farley wrote, “To do nothing is to invite even higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and related mortality.” He “argues that government has a long history of passing policies that protect public health, including restaurant inspections to prevent foodborne disease and seat belt laws that blunt the impact of car crashes – even though none of these are as deadly as obesity.”

Ok – lets review – seatbelt laws – insurance companies lobbied for this – so if we are safer in our cars, then why do our insurance rates continue to skyrocket? The answer is that while seat belts will reduce your injuries, the law was not designed for you BUT to keep the insurance companies from paying more for injuries. WAKE UP PEOPLE! MY insurance rates have NEVER gone down – 28 years diving NEVER an accident and they continue to rise YET we are safer? Please explain this.

Food allergies – excellent point here that our government must ensure proper procedures are done to protect us. Procedures in food preparation for restaurants, driving skills, stock trading etc… NOT HOW MUCH WE SHOULD EAT!

What os the proper weight for anyone? The tables continue to change – I am 217lbs, 5’8″ – i am considered obese! Yet i am muscular, can run several miles and work out for MY OWN BENEFIT. hence according to the government, i am a “problem – i am a diseased” The government tables state I should weight 155 lbs – are we kidding here!

So what will happen? We will be penalized by higher taxes because we are not the proper weight, pay higher health care insurance because we are not the proper physique for the government”

These are undeniable! Its happening now!

We need to be “educated” in what we do, how we eat, how we work, how we live!

Calorie Disclosure Campaigns Scrutinized.

In an op-ed appearing in the New York Times(9/19, Subscription Publication), Martin Bruegel, a historian at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, wrote “while the alarm over obesity is fairly recent, the notion of using ‘scientific’ knowledge to guide the dietary habits of ordinary people – particularly the less well off – is not.” After noting that McDonald’s is beginning to post calorie information on its menus and that New York City requires chain restaurants to post calories, Bruegel asserts that “the fate of earlier campaigns suggests that it will take much more than calorie information to change food ways.” The op-ed concludes that “higher incomes and better educations – in the classroom, not on the menu board – will do more to solve the obesity epidemic than mandating the disclosure of calorie counts.”

Calorie Disclosure Campaigns Scrutinized.

In an op-ed appearing in the New York Times (9/19, Subscription Publication), Martin Bruegel, a historian at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, wrote “while the alarm over obesity is fairly recent, the notion of using ‘scientific’ knowledge to guide the dietary habits of ordinary people – particularly the less well off – is not.” After noting that McDonald’s is beginning to post calorie information on its menus and that New York City requires chain restaurants to post calories, Bruegel asserts that “the fate of earlier campaigns suggests that it will take much more than calorie information to change food ways.” The op-ed concludes that “higher incomes and better educations – in the classroom, not on the menu board – will do more to solve the obesity epidemic than mandating the disclosure of calorie counts.”

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NYC income line items include restaurant fines and red light tickets

Once again we are told that the “fines” imposed by the city for restaurants, red lights and everything else are for “our own good”
Restaurant rating systems better our meals
Red lights light cameras keep us safer

In realty the fines imposed are an income for the city. These fines are INCLUDED AS A LINE ITEM FOR CITY INCOME. Meaning they COUNT on this money to operate.

And now with the red light cameras, the city has a DECREASE of 15% or more in fines because we are obeying the laws.

You know what this means? You got it! Higher taxes or more fines imposed.

I cannot wait till we get fines for drinking a 20oz drink – whats next portion size?

 

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The fake medical crisis – it really does not exist

Sorry – but its true – we have been told a list of untruths
A group of people was commissioned by the governor a few months ago to review hospitals in Brooklyn. This review was to identify failing hospitals and why they fail and to understand basically where our tax dollars go.

Well the report came out – its available on line Here MRT Report
in summation, the boards are corrupt, the hospitals are inefficient, the unions destructive

Hence this MRT Report that the governor ordered and swore he would “take action” was, as expected, place in a drawer.

The healthcare system is broken because to many people are making money on the broken system. To fix it will take money out of their pockets – hence we have a “crisis”

Same as the MTA
Same as our school system

Business as usual – Sometimes there are no other words to say

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Insurance Co-Ops and how they will damage health care

In hospital review 9/6/12 – an article written by Bob herman explained the insurance Co-Ops scenario. I would like to comment

“In order for CO-OPs to work, Dr. Mohlenbrock believes the right leadership must be in charge, and CO-OPs must use clinical services data to find out which hospitals and physicians are producing the highest-quality care while controlling costs. Those foundational pieces could also help non-profit health insurers serve as viable alternates in the insurance exchanges.”

Can we define “highest quality care” you mean to tell me doctors and hospitals are giving us substandard care? This is the basis of Obama care and these co-ops, “quality care” for 100 years doctors have not given us quality care? Can we DEFINE in detail what this means? What i KNOW it means is that doctors and hospitals MUST reduce the type of care given and opt for the “less expensive” forms of care – thats the only way to control any costs. Or the doctor and hospital and insurance company WILL have to follow us the patients home and demand we comply with their mantra – yes people DEMAND or we will not be insured and the hospital and physician “metrics” will be off and they will lose money

Hence quality care means less services, quicker outpatients and we, the people, being TOLD how healthy we need to be – LISTEN and understand this. Its the hidden agenda.

Its happening – read obama care, look at NYC with the 16oz drink ban, understand what “quality of car” is and care providers and care coordinators – all this means is we will have less and less choices in our lives and lower and lower care.

A lot of people will be forced through the crack to make the “numbers” work for savings and more and more people will never see the expensive doctor and be pushed to clinics – this is already happening as hospitals do this to reduce their patients stay – ITS HAPPENING NOW.

“In addition, the lower administrative costs associated with CO-OPs due to the lack of a health insurer playing as middlemen also lead to savings in premiums. “CO-OPs do tend to have lower administrative costs,” Dr. Hwang says. “And you want to keep administrative costs as low as possible on behalf of the membership. It’s not that different from an integrated health system.”

This ALWAYS works in the beginning, but as the article goes on to say, and historically any business developed, admin costs go up to manage the system – insurance companies do not operate at a loss nor do they operate at a massive spending curve – 15 – 20% is the average admin costs – ANYTHING LESS and people receive less services and less information and less PERSONALIZED service.

The hospitality industry knows this and never deviates or they will lose customers – Would you stay in a hotel that had 1 person doing all the work? nope – you know you will get lousy service no matter how automated the system is. We Want a live person to handle our issues and we want an AMERICAN!

Most co-ops and other new insurance entities will outsource overseas – go figure! Another sucking sound of jobs robbed from our country! and another blow to our economy.

“Dr. Hwang says the medical costs for patients treated by HealthPartners Medical Group are 38 percent below the national average, attributing much of the savings to the CO-OP-like structure.”

– proof please. Show me the numbers, co-ops have NOT been in business long enough to make such a statement – there is no correlative data – please prove this point.

“Dr. Mohlenbrock says the benefits could extend even further in the community by helping employers ratchet down their health premiums. “When you start talking to employers about actually being able to contract with a non-profit insurance company that is run by consumers, physicians and hospitals that have same, identical incentives — improving quality and cost efficiencies — as their company, they’re going to sign on,” Dr. Mohlenbrock says”

– Who say we will sign on? Will you? I wont – and i know hundreds of other businesses that will not either – physicians focus on care? what are they doing now? Am i missing something here? All i want is a better price and i DO NOT WANT TO TELL MY EMPLOYEES HOW TO BE HEALTHY!

“Minuteman will give physicians and members great opportunities: lower administrative costs, easier access to medical records and smart, state-of-the art patient software,” Mr. Beyer says. “It will also reinvest surpluses into reducing premiums or increasing benefits, and it will be like no other plan in Massachusetts. Physicians will be able to focus on care in new and more effective ways, and members will enjoy high-quality care without confusing billing and onerous administrative hurdles.”

– Focus on care in new and effective ways?can this be explained? so doctors are not treating me properly? if so then THEY are the cause of the problems!

All this seems to do is tell us the patients and consumers that the people providing the services we pay for are not giving us value for our money. Physicians are not focusing on our health, hospitals are not giving us quality care. They are the cause of our problems!

Your comments?

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Social Media Overload and its NON Effect on Business

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As i have been saying, Social Media is useless for business. No one can honestly say that social media has proved to be profitable to their business. What it does do is promote Google.  Google brilliantly promotes social media for search engine ranking – and we all rely on Google ranking right? Hence, Google by promoting social media as a ranking tool, is pushing us to waste our business resources and time for their own profit.

Social media is filled with useless information and read by people that rarely purchase. The numbers don’t lie nor does Facebook’s tanking stock.
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There must be something wrong with me. The whole world is gaga over social media. But I just don’t get it. And neither do my clients.

I understand the concept and the value in today’s world of search rankings. But you’ve lost me on how it benefits me as a person or as a business.

It robs me of valuable time.

Take Twitter, for example. I set up an account for one of my clients a couple of years ago, devoting daily attention to creating inspired tweets, including hashtags and links to bolster response. I added a Twitter widget to the client’s homepage to bring these choice words of wisdom to his captive audience, if they failed to find them elsewhere.

While I told myself that such an effort was responsible for additional backlinks, new customer visits and added popularity for my client’s brand, I really have no proof of that other than one link listed in our Google Analytics account. Eventually, I ran out of steam and focused on other aspects of his marketing.

Concurrently, I had also set up Twitter accounts for my own business to represent a number of different services, as well as for one of my lawyer clients who always gives me free rein over everything involved with marketing. Again, lots of creative effort with not much to show for it, other than the website widget and a link for each in Google Analytics.

Last week, I noticed that Twitter was reaching out to me… in Japanese! Uh, oh. I revisited my main Twitter account to find that someone had hacked into my account and was sending out tweets about weight loss under my name. Upon receiving a second email from Twitter today, again in Japanese, I checked my Twitter settings to find that the time zone was set to Quito, Ecuador, which is actually the same as my New York time, but does not explain the Japanese connection. My language is set to English. Something is rotten in Denmark.

After having explored my options in Twitter’s help pages, I basically went round in circles to end up where I began: nowhere. No surprise there.

What I do acknowledge, however, is that when I receive an email from Twitter introducing a new follower, something entices me to click through to learn who the person is, if not obviously spam. Not only do I explore their Twitter account, but I often go to their website as well. Usually they are service providers of one kind or another attempting to sell me something. At that point, the exploration ends. So much for Twitter’s value for me or for them. But if reaching someone more open to spending money, Twitter may be an effective liaison.

The Facebook Connection: Monopolizing the Internet

So, what about Facebook, in all its infamy? With Google’s recent affirmations that social media now plays a huge role in our search rankings based on how many “like” votes we receive, continuing to shun Facebook, as I have been for a long time, is now inadvisable. In fact, I informed each of my clients of its importance as well, recommending that we set up accounts and link from their websites. I further advised our adding the social endorsement buttons to their websites to try to encourage favorable votes. While all told me to proceed, they each reiterated their personal dislike for the whole scenario. I couldn’t agree more.

I tend to draw my opinion from how annoying each social site is based on email interruptions. Facebook by far is the most obnoxious, constantly sending me emails that I have “notifications” or “7 friend requests” or that someone “added friends I may know.” Of course, since I manage up to five client websites with Facebook accounts, my emails are multiplied by that number.

First of all, the “notifications” or “activity on the account” are primarily posts that people add every time they click on a “like” button out in cyberspace, which sends graphics, text and links to each of their friends’ Facebook accounts. Since my clients and I don’t know any of these “friends,” nor do we share in any of their often insipid interests, I fail to see what filling up our accounts with endless references to their endorsed material has to do with us or our lives, especially repeatedly all day long! The whole thing seems ridiculous.

I suppose if we were using the Facebook account as it was intended, to reconnect with lifelong friends with whom we had lost touch over the years, maybe it would make more sense. But for us in business, that is a stretch.

The Facebook Effect: A Wall of Confusion

My adult son had sent me a “friend” request last year to which I responded through a private email that I was afraid to have any activity on Facebook whatsoever because I was so protective of my Google profile. As a business person, I told him, I was fearful that something negative may pop up to ruin the reputation I had worked so long and hard to build and would be impossible to eradicate, if he knew anything about search results. Also, curious about his Facebook activity, I told him that his Facebook account was not accessible because he had not addressed his privacy settings. With visions of risque behavior dancing in my head, I found out that he had no activity whatsoever but was innocently inviting me, his mother, to share in his life through a Facebook connection. With email as our only communication in recent years, I felt awful but had to stick to my guns. My concerns are valid and he agreed he was naive, as well as overwhelmed with all the Facebook privacy options. So, never mind. (What kind of mother rejects her son’s request to be friends? Someday I hope to come to my senses. Maybe.)

My negative opinion of Facebook was further confirmed recently when I decided to buy shares on its opening day on the stock market, since I passed up Google when it was priced around $80 per share, and now trades near $650. Similarly, I passed up LinkedIn which continues to rise with the best of the momentum stocks. As a Mac lover and user for many years, I did buy Apple at $110 (with a modest 50 shares, just in case it tanked) and we all know what happened there. Had I not sold it twenty years ago after having bought 100 shares in the $30 range, I’d be a bit happier but I can’t complain. Apple is a peach!

But about Facebook I will complain. I paid a whopping $40 per share and quickly bailed out a couple of days later at $30. Having been through the dot-com bust, losing a fortune on Internet stocks, I am not one to buy and sell so quickly, but tend to hold forever with hopes that there may be a bounce back if held long enough. Not this time for Facebook, I decided. I should have known better, and did, but gambled and lost. Serves me right for ignoring my long-established disgust for the company.

Google’s Role In Promoting This Insanity

What gets me is that every TV and radio commercial for products of every variety says, “Find us on Facebook.” Why? The reason is obvious. Everyone is looking for the almighty “like” votes so important to Google. I repeat: I find this ridiculous.

And what about buying followers? On Twitter, or Facebook, or wherever. What kind of world is this? Beyond ridiculous, it is preposterous.

LinkedIn, on the other hand, I do not find as offensive. Its emails are updates about business people I actually know. My profile is true with dates and facts for my entire career unlike what I know of Facebook: a fairy tale people invent about themselves.

As a newcomer to Google+, so far its advantages have outweighed its problems. Like Facebook, I get constant emails about someone “sharing” something with me, again from people I do not know. But having an affiliation with Google+ has made my photo and contact information much more visible to anyone searching for me, my business or related material, which makes it worthwhile.

The Other Side of the Story

Probably if my clients seriously considered my suggestion that we use Facebook as a way to promote certain special offers, we would all find more satisfaction with its function. But, I have to admit that chasing after a world of strangers to be “friends” with a business they may not know or have any need only increases the likelihood of irritating someone, or worse, making them leery. That’s the last thing a business wants to do! Yet, ironically, that is exactly what many of today’s businesses are doing.

In my opinion, the chief social media problems for businesses are:

1. a lack of time to create suitable content and communicate with “friends”;

2. an aversion to revealing a personal side of the business;

3. a fear of offending followers by constantly imposing on their email.

In addition, Facebook does not categorize its world of users in any way that allows a business to reach out to them through a targeted search, i.e., just sports car drivers, for instance. I believe this was done purposely so that you would need to advertise on Facebook to reach appropriate candidates. Twitter allows you to search by category but does not allow you to follow all with one click. To do so would be a grueling manual process taking lots of precious time. No wonder the spamming services are getting rich!

The bottom line is with more effort to add creative, engaging and meaningful content to our social platforms on a daily (if not hourly!) basis while getting personally involved with responding to any and all posts generated by our “friends,” we small businesses would probably find better reason to join the crowd of today’s social media addicts.

But given the amount of time needed to simply run a business and earn enough to pay our many expenses, I just don’t see this as realistic. If we can find a clone (or robot) who will work for free at doing only the non-stop social media job, then social media for business may have a fighting chance at success.

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The failed GM bailout and how much it actually cost us

Despite obama’s decree that the GM bailout has worked (see previous post), the realty is that as of today, GM 25billion dollars – meaning WE THE PEOPLE lost 25billion. Conservative estimates, conservative because the election is close, actual after nov 6th, i 15% loss for GM – translation 20-25%.

 

Yes my fellow Americans, we bailed out a company that again will need a bailout – its ok – Obama will “ask” you for more – because its working!

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How Twitter was used in a potential mass casualty scenario

Pre-Post Amble

Social media has a use – but reading the last paragraph “I was getting much more accurate up-to-the-second information on what was going on through the many eyes of the Twitter users, than I was getting from official paramedic and police channels.” are we to actually believe people? How do we know they are even at the scene? Social media, as we have seen, can be done from anywhere. And like the doctor that tried to fight the negative feedback, how can we be sure people will not just tweet what they “believe” they know – media is a powerful tool that can easily be distorted – “when the legend is better then the truth – print the legend”.

Police know that average people have very different perceptions of the same crime scene even though they all were present within a few feet of each other. Perception is not based upon reality all the time but is a mix the current emotions being felt and what we though we saw. Think about trial attorneys an dhow they manipulate the medieval devices used to wrench babies out of mothers secure wombs or the unreadable notes a doctor kept on a patient and no wonder a mistake was made – when in realty these devices are the standards of care and all to familiar to physicians who are trained on them and their paper notes, what they call scribble, is actually very readable and understandable to how a doctor make diagnosis. But presented to a jury in a certain way playing on their emotions – it gets distorted and turned into an alternate realty that they believe.In the heat of a crisis, people respond differently and see different things and experience the same situation differently. How do we knwo those tweets are actually what is happening? A building collapsing “looks” like it could have killed or hurt hundreds and will be tweeted as “building collapses many killed” which is an assumption not realty when in fact, no one was seriously hurt and only minor injuries were sustained. Remember 911 when someone said “I found 9 survivors” that was stated not tweeted/facedbooked and the media picked it up, ran it on tv and we were all led to believe people survived only to find out it was false.

Hence who are we to believe? the average person unaccustomed to situations and unable to make a clinical judgment without per-conceived conceptions or alternate agendas? or wait for the trained personnel to act, asses, understand and make informed meaningful decisions.

Hence – don’t believe everything that’s printed and certainly do not rely on anything posted to social media – if a 1000 people say a dumb thing – its still a dumb thing.

Now back to our scheduled article……………………………..

How Twitter was used in a potential mass casualty scenario

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It was my first ER shift in charge of the resuscitation area. Needless to say, my adrenaline and nerves were firing like crazy; being responsible for the sickest of the sick that rolls through our doors is a daunting task, especially since we were the local trauma center.

The shift was going relatively well, and with only a few hours left I was beginning to breathe a sigh of relief.

BEEP!

There is no mistaking that obnoxiously loud paramedic patch phone ring, even from the other end of the department. I turned and saw the charge nurse pick up the call. The knot in my stomach quickly tightened as I watched the color literally drain from her face, before asking over the phone, “I’m sorry, what?

 

Oh, I had forgotten to mention, it was a July evening with the biggest annual outdoor music festival being hosted in our city. Apparently, a freak thunderstorm decided to pound its way through the city, and the main stage of the final act collapsed mid-act:

How Twitter was used in a potential mass casualty scenario

The only information that was conveyed over the patch call before the paramedics rushed into the chaotic scene was this – “The main stage at Bluesfest collapsed on the crowd! Likely people trapped under with penetrating wounds! No idea how many – expect the worst!”

One of the most important decisions for a receiving mass casualty facility to make in such a scenario, is how to prepare adequately for the potentially overwhelming influx of critically ill patients. In Canada, most hospitals have structured contingency plans for this, commonly known as a Code Orange. It usually involves a rapid call-out to off-duty staff to come in, mobilization of patients out of the ER and into the hospital hallways, and canceling of all elective surgeries and procedures.

Code Orange is a very expensive protocol, and can negatively affect patients who are already in the hospital as we try to create surge capacity for mass casualty events. You might even remember stories of Code Orange being called for severe ER overcrowding.

And the decision to trigger a Code Orange for the stage collapse? All mine.

The problem was, I felt like there just wasn’t enough information to make that decision. Were we expecting 2, or 200 patients? Were they serious wounds or minor scratches? How quickly would they be coming through our doors – all at once by ambulance, or slowly as patients make their own way to the ER?

We tried calling the paramedics back, but no luck – they of course were physically busy at the scene. Then I heard a resident beside me wonder out loud as she pulled out her iPhone, “Hmm, I wonder what people there are tweeting.”

I paused. Tweeting? Isn’t that some weird online blogging thing?

We quickly logged onto Twitter, and found a steady stream of live updates from spectators at the scene.

Wow, main stage collapsed, while the band was still on!

Giant storm hits Bluesfest! Stage down! Everyone running – but no one hurt?

Paramedics searching … no one seems hurt!

I was getting much more accurate up-to-the-second information on what was going on through the many eyes of the Twitter users, than I was getting from official paramedic and police channels. It was the first time I caught a glimpse of what a powerful tool social media could potentially be in healthcare, despite all the press on the concerns regarding confidentiality, reliability of medical information, and lack of regulation.

How do you see the evolution of social media in your healthcare?

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The Twitter Tweet Threat

Twitter was issued a court order to release the tweets of someone who threatened a redo of the killings in Colorado.

The Good:
We want our law enforcement to have access everything they need. We want people who threaten mass murder, terrorism and any other social chaos stopped. We want pedophiles stopped, we want gangs stopped, we want crime to go down, we want to be safe in our country. Hence, if someone or some group threatens to cause mayhem, death & destruction, and used social media or any form of media to “advise” us of their intentions, then i fully expect their identity and all information about them to be handed over to authorities for an investigation. Just as you cannot yell “FIRE” in a movie theater, nor can you kill people in one or yell “FIRE” out in public without ramifications. Social media is akin to “yelling” out to the world. Hence i support Twitter being forced to release all records of this tweeter.

The Bad:
With the ever present slow creep of socialism being felt in this country, are we giving up our freedom of speech and anonymity when our social rambling can be released to authorities and scrutinized? Employers now look at social media post of job applicants and 34% of applicants are not hired based upon those reviews.  Are we to be afraid of anything we write or say that it can be misused against us? As i stated in a previous post, will the “see something- say something” be perverted for us to watch our neighbors? What happened to the media’s “protecting their sources” or a priest not breaking the vows of confession (vows may be wrong word – great catholic i am today) or even the ramblings of posts and blogs? I think our current laws need tweaking on this matter to protect our freedoms tempered with protecting our “freedoms”

The Ugly:
I said it before, SOCIAL MEDIA IS DANGEROUS! Be very careful what you say – it never goes away – it follows you forever. Its worse than a bad credit score! Parents – teach your children well! what they put on Twitter and facebook today, while cute and funny, may stop them form getting a job in the future. Like a tattoo you get at age 16 – later in life you regret it only to find out its hard to get rid of.

The Proof:
24% of job applicants are not hired because of their social media postings – and that number is rising

Mitt Romney – remember he was chastised for supposed bullying someone in high school before the rise of social media – now imagine if we had it then!

Google, twitter, Facebook all keep records forever! read their ULA please.