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There have always been questions on the implications of social media in Healthcare. In a paper titled ‘Transforming Healthcare through social media’ I had discussed why the Industry was adoption social networks. http://www.ehealthnews.eu/images/stories/pdf/impact_of_social_media_in_healthcare.pdf
Recently I read an article that reaffirmed the increasing applications of social media in Healthcare.
A group of physicians in France have been using Google + to discuss their cases. They have formed a close circle on G + and they upload cases that they want to discuss and finally arrive at a conclusion. It may be the economic conditions in Europe but using the network to clinically discuss a case supported by images and videos is really a very effective method of getting the right clinical expertise into a clinical discussion. For more on that article please visit http://scienceroll.com/2011/10/23/case-presentations-on-google/
Similarly Physician groups in Spain have been using a Facebook group called Med & Learn to do the same. They discuss clinical case studies and also sometimes discuss cases from their daily practice. Also a bunch of Spanish USMLE aspirants have been using Facebook for their clinical case discussion. To learn more on it please visit http://www.somosmedicina.com/
In the dental field I have seen increasingly cases being discussed online. I feel this is an excellent method to discuss cases, but there might be issues on security and patient confidentiality that might be barriers and have to be overcome within the boundaries of national healthcare policies.