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Power of Social Media: How the Medical Community is Embracing Social Media for Better Patient Care and Patient Engagement

Posted Feb 21 2011 1:30pm

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Social Media is exploding in the health care arena, and social media is a powerful and phenomenal platform for engaging patients.

Social Media is transforming health care today, and connecting people in real-time.

Social Media is one of the best ways to engage patients.  Social Media is about connection, collaboration, community and patient engagement.

Doctors, nurses, other health professionals and the medical community communicate health information in a transparent fashion and in real-time; it also allows for patient engagement and the exchange of information.

Social Media can help raise awareness about health issues, deliver lively and riveting discussions and participation by patients and health consumers.  It encourages people to take charge of their health and to become empowered and proactive and to help live a healthier life.

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