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Social media and patient empowerment

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Social media has become an extraordinary tool for patient empowerment. By now patients know they can use the internet and social media to get involved with their health and they are getting more benefits out of it every day.


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45% of online U.S. adults with a chronic condition say the Internet is essential to management

45% of online U.S. adults with a chronic condition say the Internet is essential to management | Online Health | Scoop.it
Health engagement online deepening at a time when consumers are expected to take a greater role in their care

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eMedToday's curator insight, October 11, 2013 8:32 PM

“We’ve hit an inflection point in the way consumers use the internet for health,” said Rory Stanton, Consumer Insights Analyst at Manhattan Research. “They are going beyond seeking-information to using tools and services to manage the day-to-day aspects of care. That’s good news in this post–healthcare reform environment, in which digital engagement of consumers for example via patient portals and telehealth will be a key to success.”

Allison Emma Schizkoske's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:29 PM

This number acually suprises me. I would think that the number of people who say the internet is essential would be higher. 

Alfred O'Neill's curator insight, October 14, 2013 9:30 PM

Personalized medcreate ano Conneted Health should make people with chronic illnesses more reliant; it is a tool made for them

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How the diabetes online community uses social media

How the diabetes online community uses social media | Online Health | Scoop.it

Attention, lovers of punny Twitter handles: Digitally savvy diabetics will thrill and delight. @crankypancreas, @_diabadass, and @ninjabetic are part of an enthusiastic group of bloggers and tweeters who share their stories, exchange articles, and cultivate diabetes wit online.

 

But, sadly, their humor goes unheard by the doctors, researchers, and health-care companies who work on the disease. Online, these two communities are largely separate: While diabetics and their friends and family usually discuss what it's like to live with the disease, the professional medical community often circulates research findings and informational resources.


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