Social media in health care
BMC Medicine's first twitter chat
- Following the publication of 'Medicine, morality and health care social media' in BMC Medicine, author Farris Timimi (Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, @FarrisTimimi) joined his colleague Lee Aase (Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, @LeeAase) and BMC Medicine Editor Sabina Alam (@BMCMedicine) in a twitter chat to further discuss the ideas raised in Timimi's commentary.
Here follows a summary of the discussion with a selection of the contributions.
- Following a few introductions the discussion started with a number of examples of the use of social media in healthcare. PatientsLikeMe, a data sharing social networking site which aims to allow members to share and search information on the symptoms and treatment of a condition. Another independent site facilitating the sharing of patient's experience was Patient Opinion.
- As well as social networking between patients, the opportunity that social media provides for medical specialists to communicate information was a key theme. Examples of content curation or crowdsourcing included Wikipedia entries (close in quality to textbooks in some areas).
- Further examples of social networking platforms and content distribution channels were also given, such as Twitter Journal Club, which provides a place where doctors, medical students, and anyone else who is interested, can discuss publications relevant to medicine.
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