Social Media and Healthcare – Empowering patients around the world. Are you next?

Social media has the potential to revolutionize how patients interact with the health care system.  From providers, to pharmaceutical manufacturers and device makers.  Patients are engaged in online discussion pertaining to their diseases… they are learning and they are sharing their experiences.  Will this change how medicine is “practiced” in the US?  Perhaps…

Twitter for Health

People worth following in the Health Care space


The *Engaged* Patient

These are sites administered by engaged e-patients, patient advocates, participatory medicine proponents and people interested in good solid medical advice.

Patient-Centric Health Care:

The patient is stationary and the healthcare system revolves around them

  • : Global Consumer Awareness of Joint Replacement Options: A Q&A group administered by an Orthopedic Nurse.
  • Project VRM : Patient driven health care, modeled around untethered, non – *siloed* data.
  • The Patient as the Platform : What if the *vendors* (docs, MRI centers, hospitals, etc) had to navigate around the stationary patient (and their data)? Now all the data is in one place… available to those who are granted permission to help improve the health of those in need!
  • A PCAST Patient Portal

We are all patients!

Social Media is beginning to impact upon the health care landscape.  Patients are online and they are beginning to engage with one another, as well as with various organizations to learn more about the diseases they suffer from.

No one knows for sure where our social media activities will take us.  Social media has the potential to improve the delivery, content and quality of the care we administer… but there is also a downside.  There is a lot of mis-information out there and many people trying to prey on desperate people simply looking for meaningful advice on their conditions.  Don’t believe everything you read online… vet your information sources carefully.

Those of us in healthcare are trying to encourage others to engage.   Both the AMA and the Australian AMA have put forth guidelines to encourage *proper* online behavior.   This is new for all of us, but stands to benefit all of us, the experiment is well worth it.  WE ARE ALL PATIENTS !!


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About the author:

Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.