Can social media help heal healthcare?

For all of the debate, one thing is for sure: social media in medicine is here to stay. But when it comes to the availability of trustworthy information, we still have a ways to go.’s Mark Britton offers his prescription for better online healthcare.

Today in Cleantech

The United States’s energy policy paralysis has taken a toll on the country’s competitiveness in the race for green energy investment, according to a report out this morning from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Last year saw the U.S. drop from second to third in total clean energy investment with a total of $34 billion, according to the report. That’s less than the $54.4 billion invested by top-ranking China, and it’s also less than Germany’s investment of $41.2 billion last year, Corresponding figures from 2009 put China in first with $39.1 billion, the U.S. in second with $22.5 billion and Germany in third with $20.6 billion. Pew’s report blames the breakdown of clean energy policy in the U.S. Congress for the slip in rankings, although the country — and the world at large — still saw an overall increase in green energy investment from 2009 to 2010. The U.S. did remain on the top of the list for venture capital and private equity investment into green energy in 2010, however, with about $6 billion of the global total of $8.1 billion, according to the report. The U.S. also led the world in energy efficiency spending at $3.3 billion.

Today in Mobile

The question is whether texting is merely a fad or a means of communication that will continue to see increased uptake. I’m guessing the latter is more accurate than the former.

Broadband: Damned Lies Edition

Today, Saul Hansell of the New York Times used two surveys — the Nokia Siemens Connectivity Report and a Pew survey — to write a post titled  “Surprise: America is No. 1 in Broadband,” which not only argues that we’re No. 1, but also tries to refute the fact that “Americans are starving for broadband.”

I have several issues with this. The first is that the results of the Nokia Siemens survey shouldn’t come as a surprise, because in last year’s version of the same survey, America was No. 1, and the second is that the Nokia Siemens survey says that, even at No. 1, the U.S. (along with other countries) has little room for complacency when it comes to improving the use of broadband in our country. It specifically calls for laying more fiber, in part to drive faster speeds. According to the report, incumbent telecom operators offer broadband speeds of more than 50Mbps in only 8 of 25 “innovation driven economies” as of December 2007. Read More about Broadband: Damned Lies Edition