Twitter in HealthCare

Several articles have recently come to my attention that I wanted to share with you about how Twitter is being used by physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
American Medical News has an article discussing twitter as a tool to increase the web presence of your practice, connect to patients and network with other providers.
Chris Thorman, who normally blogs about electronic medical records at Software Advice explores Twitter as an epidemiology tool for tracking diseases.
Dr. Shock is interested in how Twitter is being used in educational settings by students and lecturers.
Twitter’s reputation as a mundane socializing tool for updating friends has never been my experience and I am pleased to see the creative use of this tool expanding. What ideas do you have for using Twitter in healthcare?

Twitter and Health 2.0

I recently and reluctantly agreed to join Twitter. I didn’t get why anyone would bother but… I’m convinced. It’s a rich source of ideas, links and questions all in a brief list of messages that can be rapidly scanned. Watch the presentation by VizEdu about how doctors, patients and hospitals could be using this tool. I found out about this vignette on Twitter. It doesn’t fit on my screen, if that happens to you click on the Vizedu link. By the way I am “bonnycastle” on Twitter.

Globalizing Health Knowledge

An article from Dr. Alexandre Gouveia from Portugal shares a message on behalf of the 2nd Annual Virtual Congress of General Practice and Family Medicine.
” Tell me, I forget.
Show me, I remember.
Involve me, I understand.
Chinese proverb
The ever changing essence of knowledge and continuous seeking for new discoveries have driven mankind to a tenacious dedication for unveiling the paths and boundaries of the human body. The extent of our knowledge about ourselves has incredibly reached the genetic book of life, allowing in a certain way to forecast the future. But is this immense knowledge leading us to higher levels of health literacy?
Nowadays, citizens are empowered through the fast access to information, and the gap between patients and health information has significantly been curtailed. Health related searches on the internet have increased over the past few years, and online communities of patients, that have physically never met, are flourishing at a fast pace. These current trends of the information and communication technologies are changing the lives of individuals and their families, and also the way that health systems are developing.
We see health consumers rapidly becoming key health players, taking increased responsibility for their health status and data, and ultimately gaining critical knowledge about the quality the health care they receive. Patient-centeredness is a new order, and consequently the web 2.0 effect on the patient-doctor relationship is far for being totally understood.
For general practitioners and family physicians, who are at the forefront of health care systems around the world, this represents an exciting challenge. Moreover, this undoubtedly requires an upgrade of skills which entails joining the technological breakthrough and to face a new set of communication channels: instant messaging, electronic mail and virtual reality, just to name a few… Reassuring the important role of primary care providers in promoting health literacy is of crucial importance and can be achieved at a global scale, and not just simply in local settings.
Thirty years after the Declaration of Alma-Ata, primary health care needs once again gather forces in order to help decreasing inequalities around the world. The demands of health care systems require innovative solutions. As such, eHealth now represent the common voice for globalizing health literacy. The main goal for the Second Virtual Congress of General Practice and Family Medicine is to enable the use of eHealth, so as to empower citizens to use health information in an operational way – in other words, working globally for a wiser health.”

Social Networking for Physicians

I recently returned from the Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto where I had the privilege of meeting Dr. John Sharp from the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Peter Murray from the UK, and two exciting young innovators Bertalan Mesko from Hungary and Jennifer McGabe Gorman from the US. What was particularly interesting about all of these meetings was I knew these people from their online presence long before I saw them at the conference. Personally I make more interesting connections to people through my online world than I ever make at solely F2F medical conferences.
Physicians join online communities for many reasons including:
* professional connections
* international connections
* personal connections
* professional development
* unanswered questions.
Here are some of the latest social networking sites.
Asklepios.ca
Created by the Canadian Medical Association, it’s exclusively for Canadian physicians, residents and medical students, so you’ll know exactly who you’re connecting with here. With Asklepios, you can:
* Create and join groups where you can talk about topics of interest, whether professional or social
* Send secure messages to your colleagues or chat in real-time
* Create and invite people to events and track your R.S.V.P.s
And don’t forget, you can connect with confidence, knowing this is a secure service from the Canadian Medical Association provided exclusively for Canadian physicians.
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Within3
Within3 is the private professional networking site exclusively for health and life science practitioners to find, connect and collaborate with the right colleague, right now. Membership is free and by invitation only.
* Save time finding a reputable specialist or resource worldwide
* Connect to new colleagues through those you know and trust
* Control who you interact with and how
* Share information in a safe, easy-to-use environment
New Media Medicine
New Media Medicine is a UK site with 45,813 members that is so exclusive I couldn’t even get information from the website!
Medical Education Evolution
This one is my personal favourite because it’s small, very international and about my favourite topic – medical education.

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