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sean6626
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10/7/2011 | 6:50:58 PM
re: Doctors, Patients Not Using Same Social Spaces
Actually, there is a social platform on which doctors and patients are communicating and exchanging health care information for the first time ever -- HealthTap. It already has 5,500 U.S.-licensed doctors and growing fast. They are answering the personal health questions of millions of users every day, actively, and passionately. They are setting up "Virtual Practices" where they can start building their online presence and social media brand by doing the things they already do every day -- educating patients about their health. I encourage everybody to check it out! http://www.healthtap.com/
Lisa Henderson
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10/6/2011 | 8:27:31 PM
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Did you think that was OK that she did that? Or did this article make you understand it? I think that there may be ways that physicians could speak to patients. But even with Facebook, I find that's OK for my personal life, but I don't like to friend colleagues and work associates. So I use LinkedIn for that.

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor
Coltaurus
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10/5/2011 | 5:18:52 PM
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Yes. I once tried to facebook my doctor and she refused the invitation. She said I wasn't the first patient that wanted to add her as a friend, that she had to refuse. She said that it just didn't seem appropriate.
Lisa Henderson
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10/1/2011 | 7:01:21 PM
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Interesting article ... It's understandable that physicians separate from patients in regard to social media. As far as referring patients to online communities or web sites, the recommendation to vet sites is valid but could take a chunk of time for physicians to get through.

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor


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