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The researcher of the future…makes the most of social media – The Lancet January 6, 2016

As a scientist, I believe that public engagement is an essential activity, both for promoting and explaining our work as scientists, and for shining a light onto the nature of scientific investigations.

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The Use of Social Media in Patient Education December 3, 2015

With social media emerging as the predominant driving force in information sharing, the role of healthcare professionals in patient education is evolving. While doctors, dietitians, and other clinicians remain the rst choice for the vast majority of patients seeking answers to health questions, patients are becoming more empowered through social media to expand their knowledge of health matters and seek support for their needs (1). The use of smartphones has greatly contributed to this trend.

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Hashtags help organize online conversations about cancer care, research November 19, 2015

"The cancer tag ontology has grown for two main reasons: strong online relationships and lucky timing," lead author Dr. Matthew Katz from Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts, told Reuters Health by email.

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Urology Tag Ontology Project: Standardizing Social Media Communication Descriptors October 8, 2015

Standardizing social media hashtag descriptors is likely to facilitate communication and promote collaboration in both health care provider and patient communities.

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The BMJ – The power of social media to help clinicians and patients October 2, 2015

I had been fortunate enough to win, with Daniel Cabrera (@cabreraERDR) a clinician from Canada and Jesse Spurr (@inject_orange) a nurse consultant from Australia, the inaugural symplur award. This prize was a joint initiative between Symplur, a healthcare focused social media analytics company and #MedX. It was designed to spark scholarly research activity in this area.

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Doctor wins international award for social media and healthcare research September 20, 2015

The team focused on the Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) community of healthcare professionals who collaborate online to share knowledge. They interrogated the Twitter #FOAMed hashtag using Symplur Signals analytics tool.

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Social Media: Why Pediatricians Need to Keep Up With the Latest Platforms August 14, 2015

As an outgrowth of the Internet and the World Wide Web, social networking sites (SNS) serve as platforms to establish and maintain personal interactions. It is important that pediatric practitioners stay current about the different SNS our patients use.

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JMIR-Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey August 4, 2015

Despite reported benefits, many women do not attend breast cancer support groups. Abundant online resources for support exist, but information regarding the effectiveness of participation is lacking. We report the results of a Twitter breast cancer support community participant survey.

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Use the Healthcare Hashtag Project in Your Next Communications Plan August 3, 2015

Moreover, if you are a health communicator or a health care marketer, it is often challenging to figure out where the conversations are happening on Twitter. With more than 500 million users, tracking conversations on health topics can feel like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Enter Symplur and in particular, Symplur’s Healthcare Hashtag Project.

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Susannah Fox on hunt to improve patient access to data July 14, 2015

Susannah Fox was appointed the chief technical officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services in May.  Many patient advocates believe she could – as she puts it – “enable patients to access their electronic health data easily and contribute it for research” and continue a movement toward giving patients a greater voice in federal policies.

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JMIR-Characterizing Sleep Issues Using Twitter June 14, 2015

Sleep issues such as insomnia affect over 50 million Americans and can lead to serious health problems, including depression and obesity, and can increase risk of injury. Social media platforms such as Twitter offer exciting potential for their use in studying and identifying both diseases and social phenomenon.

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‘Second Screen’ for Health Care Messaging: Looking for Lessons from #CancerFilm June 9, 2015

An estimated 746 doctors joined in a twitter chat with the hashtag #cancerfilm in an extended conversation with more than 500 self-described patients, as well as about 12,000 other people who didn’t fit either of those labels (but fit 13 other categories.) This three-night, multiplayer dialogue began March 31 and created an “unprecedented” event according to one data junkie, Audun Utengen, of Symplur, LLC. Utengen runs the site www.symplur.com, which provides analytics on healthcare related hashtags.

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An academic conference where everyone is included May 28, 2015

What’s important is not to simply make an effort to include patients, but to actually foster collaboration among all stakeholders while expecting patients to co-design the experience with all other stakeholders. And that’s what Medicine X does so well.

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Using Social Media to Share Your Radiology Research: How Effective Is a Blog Post? May 17, 2015

Dissemination of scientific material on a radiology blog promoted on social media can substantially augment the reach of more traditional publication venues. Although peer-reviewed publication remains the most widely accepted measure of academic productivity, researchers in radiology should not ignore opportunities for increasing the impact of research findings via social media.

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Disease-specific hashtags for online communication about cancer care May 17, 2015

2015 ASCO Annual Meeting Abstract:
We have demonstrated the feasibility and growth of organized, cancer-specific hashtags on Twitter used by a variety of stakeholders in cancer care. Use of the CTO indicates potential value of online interaction. Further study is needed to determine whether the CTO has any impact on access, outcomes or as a model for other areas of medicine.

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