The number of patients using social media and the number of applications and solutions used by medical professionals online have been sky-rocketing in the past few years, therefore the rational behind creating a well-designed, clear and tight handbook of practical examples and case studies with simple pieces of suggestions about different social media platforms is evident.
While the number of e-patients is rising, the number of web-savvy doctors who can meet the expectations of these new generations of patients is not, this huge gap can only be closed by providing medical professionals with easily implementable, useful and primarily practical pieces of advice and suggestions about how they should use these tools or at least what they should know about these, so then when an e-patient has an internet-related question, they will know how to respond properly.
As all medical professionals regardless of their medical specialties will meet e-patients, this issue with growing importance will affect every medical professionals which means there is a huge need for such a easily understandable handbook.
Here you can check out the detailed descriptions of each chapter.
Here is the list of chapters:
- Chapter 1, The Introduction
- Chapter 2, Medical Search Engines and Google
- Chapter 3, Being Up-to-Date in Medicine
- Chapter 4, Community Sites: Facebook, Google+ and Medical Social Networks
- Chapter 5, The World of E-Patients
- Chapter 6, Establishing a Medical Blog
- Chapter 7, The Role of Twitter and Microblogging in Medicine
- Chapter 8, Collaboration Online
- Chapter 9, Wikipedia and Medical Wikis
- Chapter 10, Organizing Medical Events in Virtual Environments
- Chapter 11, Medical Smartphone and Tablet Applications
- Chapter 12, Use of Social Media by Hospitals and Medical Practices
- Chapter 13, Medical Video and Podcast
- Chapter 14, Creating Presentations and Slideshows
- Chapter 15, E-mails and Privacy Concerns
- Chapter 16, Social Bookmarking
- Chapter 17, Conclusions