Social Media and the Practicing Hematologist: Twitter 101 for the Busy Healthcare Provider

A healthcare social media research article published in Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports, October 8, 2015

Title
Social Media and the Practicing Hematologist: Twitter 101 for the Busy Healthcare Provider
Authors (alpha)
Michael A. Thompson, Miguel-Angel Perales, Mu00e9lanie Chaboissier, Navneet S. Majhail, William A. Wood
Published
October 8, 2015
Journal
Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Impact Factor
2.2
DOI
10.1007/s11899-015-0286-x
Pubmed
26449718
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A healthcare social media research article published in Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports, October 8, 2015

Abstract

Social media is a relatively new form of media that includes social networks for communication dissemination and interaction. Patients, physicians, and other users are active on social media including the microblogging platform Twitter. Many online resources are available to facilitate joining and adding to online conversations. Social media can be used for professional uses, therefore, we include anecdotes of physicians starting on and implementing social media successfully despite the limits of time in busy practices. Various applications demonstrating the utility of social media are explored. These include case discussions, patient groups, research collaborations, medical education, and crowdsourcing/crowdfunding. Social media is integrating into the professional workflow for some individuals and hematology/oncology societies. The potential for improving hematology care and research is just starting to be explored.


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