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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/13/2014 | 7:48:44 PM
Re: Perfect
Alison- Right. None of them have the baggage of Facebook. But none of them have the reach and scope of Facebook either. It is a tradeoff.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/9/2014 | 4:48:23 PM
Re: Yet social healthcare is a thing already
I never go anywhere near health discussions on Facebook, and I won't. Not surprising FB wants in but I don't see many consumers helping them...
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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10/7/2014 | 10:08:18 AM
Re: Yet social healthcare is a thing already
Sure, bragging that you ran 5 miles or sweated off 2,000 calories is part of social media, especially Facebook. But discussing the pain of losing a limb or the depression of supporting a child who's got leukemia on a Facebook community? I'm sure some will have no problem with it. But, for me, I wouldn't want to reveal my innermost turmoil on a site that's known to have done so many 180-degree flips with user privacy.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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10/7/2014 | 10:05:44 AM
Re: Facebook a medical resource?
We'll also see patients increasingly empowered to seek information directly from their health systems as hospitals and affiliated physicians use portals to communicate with and educate patients. In addition to scheduling appointments and getting lab results, the most forward-thinking providers already use portals to share information on a range of conditions like diabetes and heart health, exercise, healthy recipes, etc. Often they license content from reputable medical sources and couple it with information derived from their staff -- such as blogs from their clinicians, videos of their various departments, etc. -- giving their community access to useful medical information from a trusted source within their very neighborhood. Part of population health and patient engagement trends, portals are a great way for hospitals to remain part of patients' lives when they're no longer 'patients' and to help consumers remain educated and healthy. 

They also, if done well and marketed successfully, alleviate the need of people to go to a site like Facebook for virtual support since they combine the benefits of both virtual and physical support from a local healthcare provider.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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10/7/2014 | 9:29:17 AM
Re: Facebook a medical resource?
Alison, 

Exactly, sites that have medical approval and trusted information. When I want to read about certain condition I usually check the Mayo Clinic. Web MD is also good. And there are others where you see the information is reliable.

I recently found out, for example, that when you take iron supplements for several months you can gain weight, that you lose when you end the treatment. I suspected about this, but I was not sure about it. I checked and got the confirmation.

But I would have never asked Facebook, or any FB group. Maybe it's also because I don't link FB with something like health, or anything of the like.

-Susan  
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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10/7/2014 | 9:14:36 AM
Re: Facebook a medical resource?
It's so important to search on sites that have medical approval or backing, sites like the Mayo Clinic for example or CDC. If you're seeking information on a condition you may or do have, you can make yourself sicker sometimes if you seek information on off-shoot sites. That said, not all medical information is accurate and some people do heal or live better lives with alternative treatments. Support groups, in and of themselves, don't necessarily have to be sponsored by anyone affiliated with a medical organization. After all, people join these sites to get support, ask questions of people going through the same thing, see if their drug side effects are the norm, and so forth. I am sure Facebook can technologically provide all that and more. I'm just uncomfortable, given the company's past history with user privacy. 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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10/7/2014 | 2:41:31 AM
Facebook a medical resource?
Alison, 

"Part of Facebook's hunger for healthcare came after it determined diabetics searched the site for advice on their condition ... "

When I read that I couldn't help but wonder what kind of people search for specific medical advice on Facebook. On Facebook? Since when Facebook is a medical resource? There are plenty of good, trusted medical resources on the Internet. 

So, after that, I thought if people are not getting from Facebook what they deserve. After all, Facebook is just a business and it's going to seek opportunity anywhere where it sees it. 

-Susan
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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10/6/2014 | 8:32:12 PM
Yet social healthcare is a thing already
How does my wife know when friends and relatives have stopped using their Fitbits or are outpacing her and daring her to do better? Because of an app that shares those stats on Facebook. Not surprising that FB sees the potential when it is already happening.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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10/6/2014 | 5:15:48 PM
Re: Perfect
That sounds about right, Thomas! That said, there are social networks specifically for clinicians for example that don't have the same privacy issues. And there are many, many online communities for a multitude of conditions. People really have to read the terms of service before signing up, if that's the route they choose. And I would always recommend they join a site where they can use a pseudonym and use an email dedicated solely to online communities so their regular email isn't overblown with spam, just in case.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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10/6/2014 | 5:12:53 PM
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There are already several sites that do this, Dave. And none of them have the privay baggage of Facebook. People who, unfortunately, need this help usually seem to know about the sites that match clinical drug trials with patients. Not sure Facebook is the way to go. (Can you imagine the possibilities! Instead of a post that says Person of Interest: Alison Diana likes this. You could see: Clincial trial for XYZ. Alison Diana joined this). Joking, but ...
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