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Healthcare Social Media Week in Review: December 11, 2012

Engagement throughout the healthcare community is changing.  The way patients interact with other patients is at a renaissance due to social media’s reach.  Doctors are engaging with colleagues in ways that were once only imagined.  This week’s Healthcare Social Media Week in Review takes a look at how the healthcare community is using social media to engage.

  • There seems to be lingering chatter as to when physicians will jump aboard the social media train.  Well it appears a large amount of doctors have, and the number is growing.  According to a survey conducted by Dr. Robert S. Miller of John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center one in four physicians use social media on a daily basis.  Check out the news release for more specifics: One in Four Physicians Uses Social Media Daily
  • Just as social media grows in the physician community, the same is happening in the patient community.  Patients around the world now have social media at their fingertips, and are using it in incredibly inspiring ways.  Lindley Weintraub writes a great piece on patient engagement on social media.  The Empowered Patient: 5 Ways Social Media Makes Patients Stronger
  • While social media is changing the way the healthcare community communicates, it’s also changing the way we visit the doctor’s office.  Visiting your general practitioner is no longer a one way dialogue.  Check out how social media is changing your office visits.  14 Ways Social Media May Soon Change Your Doctor’s Visit
  • Would you have guessed that the top three ways the health consumer engages online is by mobile, social media, and search?  This infographic from Geonetric displays some great information on How Health Consumers Engage Online.

Do you have any additional thoughts on this week’s Healthcare Social Media Week in Review? Did we miss something? Leave a comment below, send us a message on Twitter @MDWebPro, let us know on Facebook, or on Google +.  We’d love to hear from you!

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Stuart Wainstock is a former educator who has taught overseas and in the United States. Stuart began blogging while living overseas as a means to communicate with family and friends back home. He is a contributing author to the MDWebPro blog. Stuart is an avid follower of technology, and their constantly changing trends. He also enjoys discovering new and excited music, as well as photography. You can follow Stuart on Twitter @stuartwainstock,@MDWebPro and Google+

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