Thursday, February 16, 2012

Social media in healthcare

Social Media
Social
(adjective) of or relating to society or its organization, human society, being in the company of others, living in companionship with others or in a community.

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French, or from Latin socialis ‘allied,’ from socius ‘friend.’
Media 
the main means of mass communication (esp. television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet)
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I think it important to put up professional boundaries. Many of us have no interest in talking to strangers on Twitter, let alone our health care providers.
That said, some physicians encourage professional SM interactions:

1. It encourages communication.
2. It allows us to address issues that we would otherwise have a hard time addressing.
3. Other patients will benefit by reading the discussions.
4. We get an opportunity to show how we handle different situations.

There are those interested in discussing and debating healthcare issues. Believing in discourse, I participate in Twitter chats on healthcare topics. Unfortunately, many do not wish to to look at other points of view. If you do – you are blocked.

Patient-centered care is all important to all of us on both sides of the Canada/US border.
This is something many advocate for on the part of those dissatisfied with current healthcare practices. Social Media is a good place to make a difference.


Social Media in Healthcare

Via: PowerDMS

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