Proper Use of Social Networks to benefit Patient Care

Papadakos Peter J.
2015 Translational Perioperative and Pain Medicine  
As an individual who writes and lectures on the impact of technology and in interactions in our society at large and in medical professionalism specifically, I have been quoted as to the negative impact of social networks which in many respects can act as a distraction. There is a large literature in both the lay media and professional literature on how practitioners may be distracted from patient care by surfing social media during clinical duties. The University of Rochester Modified CAGE
more » ... has verified that an addictive behavior may be triggered by the use of personal electronic devices (PED's). (1) However, I have never been an advocate to ban technology in medicine but to train physicians and health workers how to properly use technology to help their patients and modulate personal use in clinical areas. This excellent article by Kun Liu and others, (2) Cerebral Circulation and Ischemia: How to monitor it during surgery, is a clear illustration of how clinicians and scientists from opposite ends of the globe can use social media technology to enhance international medical collaboration. Such conferences done on the net and then the publications that they generate can bring cutting edge medical science to the bedside in a rapid manner. Doing such social media conferences has a more marked advantage over the traditional manner of organizing a meeting at a fixed site, then for some, travelling a great distance at a great expense and then a number of revisions of the meeting notes over a prolonged period of time until the information is shared. Social media conferences are rapidly organized. Participation requires only a computer or a smartphone and has no extra costs of travel can be broader in participation and can be shared rapidly and in many cases in real time. Health care practitioners should strive to develop more such programs. Not only do they enhance medical knowledge, but also act as cornerstones to educate health practitioners in the proper use of technology. This education will go far in illustrating what social media's place is in the practice of medicine, a tool, not a distraction.
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