AmyT

A Frank Chat with Kaiser Permanente

Since we love to gripe about healthcare providers, but rarely get a chance to talk with them frankly, I was excited to recently run into some executives from Kaiser Permanente (KP) at a healthcare blogging event.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Kaiser is America’s leading integrated health care organization with a unique nonprofit business model (and also those cool “your-couch-is-a-carb” / Thrive commercials).
They are very interested in Social Media, so it didn’t take too…

Read more »

2nd Annual D-Blog Day

Today is the second annual D-Blog Day, a day of rejoicing over our ever-growing community of diabetes blogs.  Did I tell you lately that I love you guys?! (sniffle…)
As you know, there’s lots happening in the D-blog community, including of course nominations *now open* for the 2nd Annual D-Blog Awards. Apparently the policy is that last year’s winners don’t appear as nomination options, but will appear on the final ballot, so please keep me…

Read more »

The Death of the Press Release

On another note altogether (I’ll get back to “As the Glucose Meter Turns” soon enough), I am pondering the PR question again today.  I am doing this because I’ve received an advance invitation to be part of a panel discussion on how healthcare and pharma enterprises should approach bloggers in “serious disease categories” — i.e. bloggers like us.  Big question.
I have worked on both sides of the communications fence and understand the in’s and…

Read more »

When MDI is B-A-D — Time to Pump

I suppose people on insulin pumps have bad weeks, too.  But I’m officially D-O-N-E with the last few, that’s for sure.  And now, three days of SUS activity, catapulting and crashing, realizing with ever-more clarity that multiple daily injection (MDI) therapy is very imprecise.  (Either that, or I can’t count carbs worth a [farthing]; I’ve also ordered an expensive new gram scale to test my alleged skills.)
Sooooo, outcome:  All you (pushy-pushy) pumper types out…

Read more »