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In the last 10 months, I’ve been working day and night to finish a book that could fill a huge gap regarding the practical use of social media in medicine and healthcare. Social Media in Clinical Practice was meant to introduce medical professionals to the digital world through real-life examples, suggestions and step-by-step instructions from blogs and Twitter to mobile apps and e-patients.
I’ve been teaching medical students and physicians about digital literacy for years, but in many cases, they wanted to learn more using a real book instead of e-learning materials.
I hope medical professionals will find this book useful and e-patients will share it with their doctors. An excerpt from the abstract:
Social media has been clearly changing the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. Medical professionals must be able to meet the special needs of technology-aware patients and use digital technologies in their work and communications properly. Each physician should find the tools that will assist them in their workflow, and patients need to be educated how to use the internet. It is the responsibility of medical professionals to contribute to this process.
The constantly evolving digital world must be used in the practice of medicine to improve the care of patients. However, the only way to do so effectively is via evidence-based, meaningful and strategic use. Social Media in Clinical Practice provides practical guidance in this mission and is thus essential reading for all medical personal looking into approaching this for the first time.
Here is the table of contents:
- Social media is transforming medicine and healthcare
- Using medical search engines with a special focus on Google
- Being up-to-date in medicine
- Community sites Facebook, Google+ and medical social networks
- The world of e-patients
- Establishing a medical blog
- The role of Twitter and microblogging in medicine
- Collaboration online
- Wikipedia and Medical Wikis
- Organizing medical events in virtual environments
- Medical smartphone and tablet applications
- Use of social media by hospitals and medical practices
- Medical video and podcast
- Creating presentations and slideshows
- E-mails and privacy concerns
- Social bookmarking
Dean Giustini at UBC Academic Search – Google Scholar Blog created an incredibly useful list of the best web 2.0-based medical services of 2008.
I have a few databases of similar sites:
- Top 10: Virtual Medical Sites in Second Life!
- 7 Tips: How to track the information you need!
- Medical wikis: the future of medicine?
- Community Sites for Scientists and Physicians: The List
- What you have to know about Twitter
- Sites of Medical/Scientific Videos: The List
- Call Your Doctor Online: The Future of Medicine?
And hundreds of posts here.
Medicine 2.0 is a blog carnival aiming to analyze and describe the impact of web 2.0 on medicine and healthcare. We, bloggers, believe web 2.0 can change the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered.
Let’s launch the carnival with articles on medical search.
On Walter Jessen’s Highlight HEALTH 2.0 blog, Hope Leman had a guest post: Mednar Search … and Hope said, “It is good.”
AltSearchEngines reviewed the Health 2.0 Conference – Day 2.
Googling for Life Scientists – Patricia F. Anderson, Librarian (UBC Academic Search – Google Scholar Blog)
Top U.S. Hospitals Are On Twitter (Clinical Cases and Images)
Twitterview: The Future of Medicine in 140 Characters (Scienceroll)
Twitter a Healthcare Marketing Tool? Maybe. (Health Leaders Media)
Construct your own ‘Top 10 Must Follow’ List as it relates to your own Niche (TwiTip): The link leads to the top 10 medical twitterers.
Omnee: An organic directory of Twitter users (Scienceroll)
Telehealth and EMRs – How can Physicians Use these Tools? (Canadian EMR)
Convergence of Health 2.0 and medical home? (HealthBlawg)
OpenECGproject: Open Source for Electrocardiography (Scienceroll)
10 blogging myths debunked from a medical blogger perspective (Clinical Cases and Images)
Work for Nature, Go to SciFoo (Nascent)
Video: Dr. Jay Parkinson’s presentation about HelloHealth (Clinical Cases and Images)
Top Physician Recommended Health Sites on the Web (Chris Pirillo)
The “Last Mile“ (The Last Mile of healthcare Consumerism)
Health 2.0: Are We On The Same Page? (Mark My Words)
The Doctor Will E-Mail You Now (Newsweek)
Health 2.0: Patients on Social Networks (BusinessWeek)
The New Examined Life (WSJ)
Medicine and health 2.0:
The Bridge: Do you want to change healthcare? (Scienceroll)
United Health Jumps Into Consumer Fray (Chilmark Research)
Practice Fusion: a growing Electronic Medical Records community.
If you want to host an issue of Medicine 2.0 in 2009, let me know (berci.mesko [at] gmail.com). Don’t forget to submit your articles (berci.mesko [at] gmail.com).