Just five years ago, we did not know how these social media sites will change our lives. Facebook and twitter have changed the way people connect to each other. In fact people are competing to increase members in their social media profiles. Medical industry is also increasing its presence in social media realm. Medgadget a premium website for medical device news started a live chat service, wherein you can discuss about your disease to another affected person or a medical professional.
Mayo Clinic, one of the best healthcare institutions in the United States, created the Center for Social Media, an initiative aimed at both health care professionals and patients. The services include:
- training for health care employees,
- consulting and coaching for organizations
who want to engage in social media activities, information resources, and conferences and other events.
Is this very first initiative of Mayo Clinic towards social media?
You will be amazed to know that Mayo Clinic already has
- a popular YouTube channel
- thousands of followers on Twitter and...
- 12 different blogs that focus on topics such as cancer, pregnancy, and safe sex
Dr. Victor Montori, endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, who helped launch the social media efforts said that – this will be a learning network of organizations dedicated to making social media helpful for patients:. Mayo Clinic is expected to provide details of a social media network to engage other members of the health care community in coming September.
Impact of social media can not be underestimated. With efforts from giants like Mayo Clinic, I am very hopeful that patients and physicians will be able to interact more.