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Healthcare Social Media Week in Review: November 12, 2012

The Pew Internet & American Life Project was released last week with some wonderfully insightful data.  From user demographics to how data is being used, the healthcare community is doing some pretty amazing things across all social media platforms.  Take a look at this week’s Healthcare Social Media Review and discover what’s abuzz in the healthcare social media community.

  • One of the great things about symposiums is the exposure to new and exciting ideas.  InformationWeek put together some very interesting tools that were showcased at the 2012 Connected Health Symposium.  Check out these 5 Healthcare Tools to Boost Patient Involvement.
  • What would it be like to have a doctor in your pocket?  While the idea of actually having a doctor in your pocket may seem a little strange, a large number of smartphone owners are already consulting their mobile devices for health related information.  Gigaom takes a look at a study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that analyzed some interesting doctor in your pocket data.  Half of Smartphone Owners Consult the “Doctor in Their Pocket”
  • There is lots of discussion on how patients or physicians are using the social media platform Twitter to better the healthcare community, but many other groups of the healthcare community get swept under the rug.  Dave Walker does a great job at pointing out how pharmacists can use Twitter.  Twitter is Potent Medicine: 12 Ways Pharmacists Can Use Twitter
  • I’m always intrigued about different ways people, companies, and communities utilize social media.  Scott Mace does a great job describing some very interesting social media related stories in his article titled 4 Stories About Social Media’s Awesome Power.
  • It’s always interesting to take a look at user demographics when it comes to different social media platforms.  This article digs into the most recent Pew study and reveals: Social Media Demographics – Who Uses What?

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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