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4/29/2014
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Healthcare Social Networks: New Choices For Doctors, Patients

Check out healthcare-focused social networks, where healthcare pros can collaborate and share resources online, and patients can access more than information.
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Ariella
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Ariella,
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4/29/2014 | 9:33:23 AM
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sounds good. I'm all for patient choice and access to information.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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4/29/2014 | 9:45:22 AM
The Critical Ingredient: Trust
One reason doctors, nurses, patients, and others use these dedicated social networks don't simply create a Facebook group is privacy -- or, rather, the lack of privacy they perceive on Facebook. Organizations creating these healthcare-oriented social sites must keep this top-of-mind as they develop and grow their sites, especially as they consider new revenue sources. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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4/29/2014 | 9:50:35 AM
Crowdsourcing Power
I'm struck by the power these social networks could hold, especially in light of the article I recently wrote on CrowdMed and its crowdsourced approach to healthcare. Having lurked and participated in several health discussion groups in the past, I can definitely see the advantage of joining a social media site dedicated to your profession or condition, especially if you feel comfortable about the site's privacy and data controls. No one understands a condition better than a fellow sufferer and nobody understands your job better than a colleague. Working in a position where you're prevented from speaking openly, having a forum where you can seek answers from fellow experts (shielding the patient's name, of course), is an invaluable service that gives medical pros access to a world (literally) of peers.
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4/29/2014 | 3:44:12 PM
Facebook for medical discussions? No thanks
Even if you have your Facebook privacy settings dialed in, do you discuss medical matters on Facebook, readers?
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asksqn,
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4/29/2014 | 4:02:18 PM
Hello, HIPAA?
Wow, how does using social media to answer patient queries **not** violate HIPAA??  This is the most breathtakingly stupid idea I've heard yet. Any physician/HMO/PPO that wants me to contact my doctor via social media will be immediately removed as a provider.
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shakeeb,
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4/29/2014 | 7:19:47 PM
Re: Hello, HIPAA?
I believe this is much more convenient for both doctors and patients. And it seems more specific than the other social networks. 
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shakeeb,
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4/29/2014 | 7:22:40 PM
Re: The Critical Ingredient: Trust
How the privacy and confidentially is maintained on these sites if patients starts posting about their health conditions and sicknesses.  
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shakeeb,
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4/29/2014 | 7:26:18 PM
Re: The Critical Ingredient: Trust
@Alison I agree with you. At the same time isn't it also important to look more in to privacy of the ones who has joined for these sites. 
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4/30/2014 | 2:52:38 PM
Re: Hello, HIPAA?
From my understanding of these sites, even the sites that are exclusive to physicians do not discuss patients by name or other identifiable information. So they might talk about a male patient, in his 50s, who has diabetes and smokes, but they won't say it's James Smith of Cleveland.
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4/30/2014 | 2:54:46 PM
Re: The Critical Ingredient: Trust
If patients themselves choose to discuss their own conditions and symptoms, that's on them to some extent. And I fervently hope those that go this route choose NOT to log on via Facebook (I should have checked that; as I recall, most sites required email to register). In that case -- and on the sites I checked -- most people used obvious pseudonyms on the patient-focused sites. I'd recommend, as a best practice, sites suggest that in their registration pages.
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