The healthcare community is huge! There are physicians, nurses, patients, consultants, office managers, and more, each using social media for different purposes. Patients have found Twitter a wonderful support system that was not available years ago; doctors can connect and discuss best practices within their specialty; nurses are sharing their expertise and knowledge tweet by tweet. This week’s healthcare social media week in review will take a look at how different areas of the community are using social media.
- Patient communities are booming on Twitter. Symplur’s Audun Utengen writes about why these patient communities are growing on Twitter. Make sure to check out the video visualization too! The Rise of Patient Communities on Twitter – Twitter Visualized
- Curious what type of digital IQ you need to get involved with in healthcare social media? Social IQ breaks down the skills necessary to establish yourself in the healthcare social media community. What are the 5 skills you need to be “digitally” empowered in your healthcare?
- The power and growth of Twitter as a communication tool is on the rise. The Journal of Medical Internet Research has a very interesting report about the education opportunities that Twitter can offer to the healthcare community. Increased Use of Twitter at a Medical Conference: A Report and a Review of Educational Opportunities
- In October, the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media put out a book titled Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care. Dr. Robert West who contributed to the book discusses his 400 word essay on his blog Personalized Medicine 101. Twitter and the World of Personalized Medicine
- Through social media, communication between doctors and their patients can occur even before the patient walks into the clinic. Rachel Seda writes a great piece in the Health Care Communication news titled, 4 ways social media can transform doctor – patient communication.
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