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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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Sermo  
Designed exclusively for physicians, Sermo provides its more than 260,000 members with clinical tools and resources embedded in its discussion forums. Doctors crowdsource insights and collaborate on patient cases and other medical topics to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. 

'Members have access to over 35% of the US physician population to engage in discussion on any healthcare topic in an open collaborative environment. On a typical patient case, this can easily result in 200+ years of combined medical education converging on an individual patient case within hours at zero cost,' says Jon Michaeli, SVP of global community and marketing. 'Also on Sermo, physicians can participate in market research studies for honoraria. Sermo pays out over $20 million in honoraria to doctors on an annual basis.' 

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Sermo
Designed exclusively for physicians, Sermo provides its more than 260,000 members with clinical tools and resources embedded in its discussion forums. Doctors crowdsource insights and collaborate on patient cases and other medical topics to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

"Members have access to over 35% of the US physician population to engage in discussion on any healthcare topic in an open collaborative environment. On a typical patient case, this can easily result in 200+ years of combined medical education converging on an individual patient case within hours at zero cost," says Jon Michaeli, SVP of global community and marketing. "Also on Sermo, physicians can participate in market research studies for honoraria. Sermo pays out over $20 million in honoraria to doctors on an annual basis."

(Image: Sermo)

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4/30/2014 | 2:57:13 PM
Re: Facebook for medical discussions? No thanks
I've posted occasionally when I've had a headache or am exhausted, but I wouldn't go into any other details than that. Given Facebook's analytics and ability to track users, I won't even look up any disease on Facebook, to be honest! I'm scared they'll add it to my profile and the big database in the sky will have me listed with all sorts of things I don't have but was interested in learning about for whatever reason.
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4/30/2014 | 3:00:35 PM
Re: The Critical Ingredient: Trust
Absolutely, @shakeeb. I'm not a physician but some of the medical-focused sites seem really useful for doctors, especially the ability to interact and ask questions. I see the allure of online patient communities but I'd want to know my data wasn't going to be used in any way; I'd even want an opt-out button for anonymization of data, quite frankly. I'd also want to know who was behind the company and what would happen to data if the company was acquired or folded. If I did join, I'd definitely use an anonymous email with a pseudonym on both my email and account. (I know the IP address is a giveaway but at least the name is masked.)
Shane M. O'Neill
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4/30/2014 | 4:16:54 PM
Re: Facebook for medical discussions? No thanks
Facebook's still a great place to crowdsource a subject (could be a health subject) and get quick answers from people you trust. But the site's very unsubtle method of slapping ads all over your newsfeed page based on the content of your posts is turning me off from posting anything at all.
David F. Carr
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4/30/2014 | 5:15:27 PM
Next Wave Connect
Another site worth checking out, particularly for those who work in health IT, is Next Wave Connect, which I wrote about a few months ago -- good for comparing notes on topics such as ICD-10 and whether it's ever going to be implemented. They talked to me about broader ambitions for tackling other areas of healthcare operations, including clinical issues, but for now the communities are mostly IT focused.
Trey B
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5/1/2014 | 12:51:55 PM
Facebook is a threat to your privacy and future
People who have no life, or those who are trying to find one, migrate to Facebook. It's the largest voyeur website on the planet and if I check my page 3 times a year, it's more than enough. I ran a department for a business, and those who claimed they are social media experts, said we must be on Facebook or we'd not succeed. It's the furthest from the truth. We never made a single sale, and a positive review on Google hold 1000X more the weight in customer potential than any gimmick FB or those who profit on the hype can throw at you. As a result of facebook friends have reconnected, but at the same time people are stalked, have been murdered, marraiges have been busted up, there is zero privacy and as far as we know, Facebook has been completely compromised by government security agencies for no other reason to collect data and spy on zero threat individuals. I say Facebook is a threat to the freedom we once enjoyed.
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6/24/2014 | 7:47:39 AM
Re: Next Wave Connect
Thanks for the useful information.
ayis@mdnetx
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ayis@mdnetx,
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7/10/2014 | 6:01:43 PM
important relationships
As a practicing radiologist, I find that many physicians are often unaware or not acquainted with many local doctors and referrers, let alone social media. Gone are the days when doctors would hang out and socialize in the doctor's lounge. We are too busy. At MDNetX we are leveraging big data to help physicians forge those important relationships with other physicians. Shameless plug, but please check us out! Thanks.
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