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Social networking is a cool medical gadget

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For Medscape, Social networking belongs to the 10 most cool and useful medical gadgets.

Facebook has captured the imagination of the world, claiming 500 million active users, half of whom log in on any given day. You can be sure that plenty of physicians are among those masses. But where do you go when you want to discuss medicine or simply connect with other doctors?

LinkedIn, a business-focused networking site, has at least 100 million users worldwide, but there are several social and professional networking sites just for healthcare professionals, some of which offer secure communications suitable for colleagues who already know each other to discuss specific cases. (Medscape’s discussion boards are popular landing spots for physicians).

For patients, there’s an emerging field called participatory medicine. A group called the Society for Participatory Medicine defines it as “a cooperative  model of healthcare that encourages and expects active involvement by all connected parties (patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, etc.) as integral to the full continuum of care.” Patients facing serious health challenges have been flocking to sites such as Organized Wisdom and PatientsLikeMe.

Neil Versel. 10 Totally Cool and Incredibly Useful Medical Gadgets and Apps. Medscape News Today, Posted: 05/18/2011
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/742609

Written by hbasset

May 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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