If it were only this easy … and perhaps someday it will be but until then ….
Social media in health or healthcare specifically, is about as diverse a topic and as viral as the measles. I don’t mean to imply it’s necessarily a bad thing, but it’s certainly contagious. Contagious in the sense that once we start down the path of tracking down health related social media engagement tools, we are, in essence, falling into a rabbit hole as vast as the grand canyon.
Where to Begin
Well, if your a patient, you might start with websites that connect you others that share a commonality with you such as a common disease or condition. These sites specialize in connecting, through social contribution, one another going through a shared experience or procedure. One of the most recent, or at least within the past few years that’s gaining a lot of traction is:
Others attempt to connect individuals through their genetic identity. By doing so, you can not only find out hereditary information based on your own personal genetic profile, but you’ll be linked to others that share a percentage of your DNA. By doing so, you grow your ‘family tree’ if you will – virtually and well …. genetically. These social engineering sites, as I like to call them, require you to submit a sample of your saliva which in turn is tested and analyzed against a database that will provide you with a literal trail of genetic breadcrumbs over which you can comb for hours looking for ancestors. It is called:
Perhaps most simply, , which we all know and love, has become a hallmark in our repertoire of social media sites as they relate to health and otherwise. This was actually new to me. I understood that Facebook had broadened the umbrella under which it was originally intended but it was only after my discussion ( submitted video interview ) with Ross Friedberg, general council for Doctors on Demand, that I truly realized the impact Facebook has made through the creation of online forums with which to connect patients and providers. In this interview, Ross discusses both the legal and regulatory ramifications this creates. Doctors on Demand is a Telehealth platform used to connect patients with providers instantaneously through a proprietary application on their smartphone or other internet connected device.
Lastly, and I know I’ve referenced them before in my prior post, RockHealth has become my personal health site du jour if you will. They provide a weekly subscription service that alerts and distributes updates in healthcare, specifically as they relate to the startup industry in silicon valley. It’s a personal favorite of mine and one that I subscribe to in an attempt to capture some small glimpse of what is happening in the world of healthIT. They can be found here: