Given the fact that people use their networks,both on and offline, to get information and support before and after consulting their doctors, I would like to provide readers a snapshot of Social Networking’s current and potential impact on healthcare industry.
For example,the Company PatientsLikeMe which is being considered as one of the 15 companies that will change the world according to Surveys, enables members to track disease progress, access disease information and learn from the real-world experiences of other patients with the same medical condition.Members can share their findings with patients, health care professionals and industry organizations that are trying to treat the disease.
Recommend the reader to read the below article from a Conference held on the way Social Media can change HealthCare.
Research shows maintaining healthy friendships and relationships is a crucial aspect in leading a more healthy life. Furthermore, new advancements in medical research and treatments can be shared through patient networks and forums.Feeling less alone and isolated will help give patients the strength to fight disease and support others who are doing the same. To see this in action, check out sites like WEGO Health and PatientsLikeMe.
Needless to say,there will be challenges for doctors and other professionals looking for the right way to implement social media, but it’s a learning experience, one with the potential for huge advantages which will redefine the Doctor Patient Relationship.
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