Medical Micro-blogging

1 Feb

photo (7)  Twitter, one of the most popular micro-blogging sites, has helped turn many medical professionals into bloggers. At a micro level, medical professionals are able to express their thoughts and ideas about the latest topics and trends in medicine. Not only are medical professionals able to use micro-blogging sites to spread medical knowledge, they are able to use these sites as  tools to search for relevant topics. The micro-blogging hashtag provides quicker access to finding information and managing it.

Let’s face it, social media is growing at increasing rates and the majority of most people are connected and plugged in across multiple platforms. According to, hospitals are using social media more frequently. While the statistics report that in June of 2011 there were 788 hospital Twitter accounts and 548 hospital YouTube accounts, those numbers have probably increased. Micro-blogging sites such as Twitter allows medical professionals to connect with others in their field and build relationships. The medical professionals can also track and monitor the spread of disease. In addition, the pharmaceutical industry can see what patients are saying about their prescription drugs and what drugs are being used. Twitter provides a learning environment for all in real time.

While traditional blogs are also used, society has become very busy. Many people simply do not have enough time so instead of writing a few paragraphs, a few quick words may seem sufficient. Society is also a very visual society so at times a quick photo may be all that is needed to generate buzz. Patients want to share their experiences with others through blogging so they are posting photos and videos while getting treatment and sharing these things on Twitter or other platforms. These things generate comments rather quickly.

There are so many possibilities with social media and medical professionals are doing the right thing by becoming a part of the phenomenon.

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2 Responses to “Medical Micro-blogging”

  1. February 9, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Precisely how much time did it acquire you to post
    “Medical Micro-blogging natasachajc”? It provides a bunch of good advice.
    Thanks -Darby

    • natasachajc February 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Hello! I learned more about infographics in class and I wanted to learn more. I went to my office and conducted a little more research. I do not think it took more than an hour to read information on infographics and put this together. Thanks for reading!

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