Updates on Twitter in Healthcare

Promises Fulfilled in 140 Characters or Less?

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According to by Phil Baumann, RN BSN, @ www.PhilBaumann.com writing a few years ago:

“Twitter may either be the greatest time wasting prank ever played on the internet community – or- it may be the best thing since sliced bread. It’s easy to make the first case if you read the public time-line for a few minutes. It’s a bit harder to make the second, but I’ll do my best to make it. Specifically, I’d like to take a stab at offering 140 health care uses for Twitter. Twitter’s simplicity of design, speed of delivery and ability to connect two or more people around the world provides a powerful means of communication, idea sharing and collaboration. There’s potency in the ability to burst out 140 characters, including a shortened URI. Could this power have any use in healthcare? After all, for example, doctors and nurses.”


How is Twitter doing in healthcare today, circa 2012? Tweet promises fulfilled? Read the original 23 page white-paper here:

Link: http://blogs.usask.ca/medical_education/archive/2009/02/140_healthcare.html


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6 Responses

  1. More on Social Media in Healthcare

    An interesting post, as well:


  2. Who Is Biz Stone and What Is Twitter?

    One of the founders of Twitter, Biz Stone, gave the opening keynote at HIMSS, last week in Las Vegas.

    It is ironic that Biz Stone keynoted this year’s talk, because Twitter has changed the health IT game so substantially. Some even say Twitter specifically, and not “social media” generally.

    We do not think Facebook or Google+ or your social media of choice has had nearly the impact that Twitter has had on healthcare communications.


    Except perhaps maybe, this ME-P? Your thoughts?

    Hope Rachel Hetico RN MHA
    [Managing Editor]

  3. Twitter v. Peer Review

    Hope – We absolutely need the slow, peer review system as the foundation of thoughtful, careful scholarship.

    Twitter and other social media are important additions that can give scholarly content “reach” and “relevancy”. However, it’s a both/and, not an either/or proposition.


    Traditional peer review journals should remain the bedrock of the research evidence that can be brought to bear on health policy.


  4. A Twitter Primer for Doctors


    Back to basics for healthcare luddites.


  5. Docs and Social Media: Don’t ‘Friend’ Your Patients

    Physicians should not “friend” or contact patients through personal social media, or text for medical interactions, U.S. physician groups advise.

    Why? The American College of Physicians and Federation of State Medical Boards encourages doctors to always “pause before posting” and not “friend” patients in policy paper “Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships,” published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


    Any thoughts?

    Dr. James

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