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A Physician Perspective on Social Media

A Physician Perspective on Social Media | Social services news | Scoop.it

Technology is of the utmost importance in medical advances. Whether it is inside or outside the Operating Room, responsible surgeons use technology for the betterment of their patients and their practice. The advancement of social media has been one of the hottest technological trends ever to sweep the globe. Currently, people spend more time interacting with social media than they do all of the major news networks combined. A large majority of patients will research their physicians online before ever meeting face to face. Surgeons have the opportunity to influence what their patients’ see by getting involved in social media and interacting. If they choose to ignore it, the surgeon is leaving their “online profile” up to whoever chooses to write or post about them.

 

Social media comes in many different flavors. Facebook and Twitter are two of the most well-known platforms. Both allow people or corporations to have conversations with readers about anything they wish to discuss. These platforms can include pictures and video in order to further engage the reader. They can include links that will direct the reader to things posted elsewhere on the web, such as a physician’s website or videos posted on youtube.com. By getting involved with social media, the surgeon is allowing potential patients to learn about them, their personality and their practice before the patient ever steps foot inside their office.

 

Surgeons are also using social media as a way of interacting with colleagues and staying on top of advancements in their field. By creating Facebook and Twitter profiles, the Arthroscopy Journal keeps AANA members up-to-date on high-impact articles and surgical techniques. By following the Journal (Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ArthroscopyJournal; Twitter: @ArthroscopyJ), AANA members can seamlessly incorporate the Arthroscopy Journal into their everyday lives.

 

With every opportunity comes responsibility. Surgeons must always maintain patient confidentiality, especially when interacting with public platforms such as social media. There has been significant debate over liability that may arise from surgeon interactions on public platforms. While there are very few guidelines or precedents, the responsible surgeon will always avoid discussing specific cases or passing judgment on treatment options when posting on open, public platforms.


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Social Media and Patient Advocacy

These are the slides from my talk at the 4th Annual Putting Patients First Conference in Mumbai.

 

If god were to manifest the world using technology, he would first create something like social media. Conceptually provide technology with the ability to understand the thoughts of a population


SocMed leaves behind the old model of 1-to-1 communication – “talking to someone over the phone”  Enables one-to-many communication (via blogs or microblogging) or many-to-many communication (discussion forums, social walls). Now anyone can setup an online community site/portal to represent a small or big offline community.

 

Further, anyone can setup an online site related to a treatment, a disease, a doctor, a drug , a concept or anything and see it grow into a popular site which in effect is simply the manifestation of a community which exists/ed but which no one ever knew of.


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Marie Ennis-O'Connor's curator insight, November 17, 2013 7:09 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your slides - i am looking forward to reading them. 

PatientView's curator insight, November 28, 2013 8:19 AM

We have figures on the scale of soical media intreaction by patient advocates. In countries where the impact of the finanical crisis is at its worst, patient advocates have turned to social media to interact with one another and raise awareness  of the predicaments of their country's healthcare system to place pressure on government when undertaking reforms. 

Plaza Dental Group's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:53 AM

Great info! I think SocMed  will boost the thought of population and will effect change in local communities. 

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Living With Diabetes: How I Use Social Media to Connect With Other Patients

Living With Diabetes: How I Use Social Media to Connect With Other Patients | Social services news | Scoop.it

Emotions. It’s not something that comes to mind when you think of someone living with diabetes. But believe it or not, there are many profound feelings and emotions involved with diabetes management.

 

So often, diabetes is about a number. The number that corresponds to a fingerstick. Thenumber you get every three months at the endocrinologist’s office. The number of times you’ve checked your blood sugar. The number of times you gave yourself a bolus of insulin. The number of carbohydrates in that snack you just had.

 

It’s exhausting. Trying to function as your own pancreas is flat out difficult. And because of both the stigma surrounding this disease and the nature of HIPPA laws, it can be downright lonely sometimes. Even when you’ve got the most supportive family and friends and a terrific team of doctors, it feels like a battle that can only be fought and understood by you.

 

Read more at: http://blog.fletcherallen.org/diabetes/living-with-diabetes-how-i-use-social-media-to-connect-with-other-patients/


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