Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The doctor will see you now: How the Internet and social media are changing healthcare

Good afternoon everyone!!

Today I want to share with you not only an interesting article, but something that I also find to be very relevant in today's world.  How many of you have ever started to feel sick, and immediately went to Google to look up your symptoms?

This article, from digitaltrends.com talks about the use of social media for hospitals and physicians. It argues both sides of the coin and how it can benefit patients or cause more harm. Plus, it talks about how doctors can utilize social media with all the HIPPA laws. Surveys have revealed that 1 in 3 Americans go to Google to look up symptoms before paying to visit a doctor anyways, so why not direct their concerns through social media if patients are going online anyways?

If you have some time, check out this article below and let me know what you think!

'You wake up feeling a slight tickle in your throat. You try and shake it off and drink lots of water. After a few hours, it’s still there. Instead of calling your mom or making a doctor appointment, you head to the Internet.  Today, anyone with a computer and a connection can get online and find a variety of results, ranging from simple sore throat to the more serious, like bronchitis and asthma.
But just because we can doesn’t mean we should. In a world where almost everyone is online and can easily find and provide medical solace, is it really, truly a good idea to consider social media and the Web a reliable source of healthcare?'


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