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National Library Of Medicine Is Data Mining Facebook And Twitter For Health Reasons

National Library Of Medicine Is Data Mining Facebook And Twitter For Health Reasons | News on Rehabilitation | Scoop.it

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is collecting information from public Facebook and Twitter posts in the hopes of using that information to improve its social media footprint and assess how Tweets can be used as “change-agents” for health behaviors among the general population.

The agency will install software on government computers, programs that will store data from social media posts at a cost of $30,000.

In a contract posted to the agency’s website on October 23 the NLM writes:

“The National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library and makes its stored information available online at no charge to consumers, health professionals, and biomedical scientists through a diverse suite of resources. Evaluating how its databases and other resources are utilized is an important component of continuing quality improvement and has long been an on-going program of NLM management through a potpourri of monitoring tools.”

The NLM is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

 


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Patients, families find comfort and help by sharing stories via social media

Patients, families find comfort and help by sharing stories via social media | News on Rehabilitation | Scoop.it

Panelists at Mayo-hosted Health Care Social Media Summit discuss how social media has helped them, their families and their peers.

 

It was hard to miss one recurring theme at the Health Care Social Media Summit, which began Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Rochester and wraps up today: The patient experience is at the center of health care social media efforts. And if it isn't, it should be.


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Louise Botha's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:44 PM

If organisations commit to social media they can certainly gain valuable information from patients and families and identify gaps within current processes