Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
This is a great article that explores the many ways that patients can use social media in a wide range of ways – symptom research, physician location, support. It also touches on sites that help to pair patients with clinical trials they might not have found otherwise. Long gone are the days of a simple WebMD search to find out what that lingering headache may be.
Social media is no longer just a means to gain health information, but a viable way to find treatments, treatment centers or even just a caring ear to listen to your struggles. On the flip side, the issue of privacy yet again raises its ugly head as patients who are more open about themselves and their conditions open themselves up for violations.
What is important to remember is that with the set backs, there are so many gains. Patients now have more resources to empower them about their conditions. Like the author of this piece, I agree that the power of social media will continue to make advancements, even in light of small set backs.