Infographic: Does a Tweet a Day Keep the Doctors Away?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Social health is the mash-up of social media and healthcare, and it’s starting to gain traction. In fact, a third of all consumers use social media for matters regarding their health. Thanks to social networking sites and the increased availability of broadband and mobile technology, people are forming online patient support groups, becoming better educated on medical topics and diagnoses, and sharing doctor and product reviews — wherever and whenever they want.

This trend offers providers a great opportunity to jump into the social health fray. In a 2012 study, 24 percent of doctors said they used social media at least once a day to look for medical information while almost two-thirds think social media enhances their ability to care for their patients.

There are many benefits for providers who take part in social health as well, such as a way to connect with consumers in between visits and allowing healthcare organizations to receive immediate feedback on products and services.

This infographic created for Allied Health World provides valuable insights about this incredible new online movement.

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