Healthcare social media - top articles

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles related to healthcare social media in the past 2 weeks:

Healthcare social media is a moral obligation

Healthcare social media is a 'moral obligation', says Farris Timimi, M.D., medical director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Social media needs to be grown and nurtured for patients. "Our patients are there. Our moral obligation is to meet them where they're at and give them the information they need so they can seek recovery," Timimi said. "You've got to be ready for it. You build it for the patients; not for yourself. "This is not marketing," he added. "This is the right thing to do."

The New World Of Medical Tweeting

300 million users generate 300 million messages every day, and doctor are part of it. 38% of tweets are conversational - transferring information and spreading content. Twitter can be a strong educational tool.

The American Medical Association has released a public statement about professionalism in social media:

“Participating in social networking and other similar internet opportunities can support physicians’ personal expression, enable individual physicians to have a professional presence online, foster collegiality and camaraderie within the profession, provide opportunity to widely disseminate public health messages and other health communication."

Guidelines for social media use by Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) describe in detail what NOT to do:

Digital Strategies for Healthcare Organisations

Use of Social Media by Western European Hospitals: Longitudinal Study shows that SoMe awareness is growing

Doctors can risk lawsuits when writing about patients - amednews points to books about patients as examples

GruntDoc: It’s my 10th Blogging Anniversary - Congratulations! A great reflection on a long journey.

The articles were selected from my Twitter and Google Reader streams.

1 comment:

  1. Nice roundup of articles - I am particularly taken with Dr Farris Timmi's assertion of moral obligation. It is a strong statement, but one I agree with. It’s becoming increasingly important for doctors to get involved in the online discussion.