There is no doubt about it whatsoever that no matter from what perspective you may look at it, Social media is very viral. Twitter and Face Book have changed people’s lives enormously, in more ways than we can even think of. It is now time that medical professionals began to embrace the values of social media and its relevance to outpatient care in the USA.
The Time Has Come To Recognize the Use of Social Media in the Field Of Medicine
It is time to use social media to understand things from the perspective of patients. Social media can be used as a tool to comprehend what patients and their families and near and dear think of –
- Health care personnel
- All that is related to the medical field.
It is crucial that these thoughts and feelings are amplified because the future of patient care depends upon it.
Social Media Would Make the Medical Fraternity Transparent
With Social Media, it would be very easy to broadcast and then re-broadcast comments, both positive and negative. This would help people sit up and take notice and get more of them involved. This would encourage more people to come and share their opinions and feelings.
Say, for instance, if a family or an individual were entangled in a certain medical predicament, all that it would probably take in the future was Tweet on Twitter and the whole world could respond.
Social Media Is Already Building Bonds between Patients and Doctors
It is very tough, if not impossible for doctors to always be able to recognize the value of new developments. But one aspect of health care that just cannot be ignored, is the impact of social media and its increasing stronghold over the health care industry. Patients are increasingly communicating over Twitter and Face book about health care and their concerns about treatments and procedures and doctors and other medical staff.
In fact there are new relationships being cultivated nowadays. Relationships are being developed between doctors and patients who have never even seen each other and probably never ever will; in their entire lives. These patients and doctors are now freely exchanging their experiences and advices on what is right and wrong and what need be done or perhaps what should never have ever been ventured into.
Medical Facilities Should Lift the Block on Social Media Sites
A large proportion of hospitals and clinic nowadays block social media sites. These sites should be unblocked to allow the providers and staff more exposure to this technology. In doing so, social media would serve as a phenomenal platform of a future world, where people could address all their compliments and complaints. Most importantly, they would be heard and subsequently dealt with in an appropriate manner, as there would be no choice rather than doing so. And this would be simply because; the whole world would be aware of the complaint of even a single individual.
This is not something small here. This is big time stuff that would change the face of the entire medical field. The reason being that, the reputation of every Physician, Hospital, Pharmaceutical Company, PR firm or Advertising Company whose revenue has been included in online advertising would be at stake here.
A Headache and the Magic of an iPhone
Take a look at how social media could impact outpatient care in USA, in the not -so distant future.
- You get up and your head is throbbing.
- You simply pick up your iPhone to trace the cause of your headache.
- You find out some clinical symptoms.
- You relate them to the various predefined parameters on your iPhone and you come up with different reasons as to what could be the cause of your head ache.
- You select the best possible option on your iPhone as to what could be the reason for your headache.
- Your iPhone then gives you perfect clinical advice which tells you the exact reason for your headache and what you need to do.
- So you take appropriate action based on the advice given by your iPhone. After some time your headache is gone.
- Or you simply are not satisfied with what the advice pulled up on your iPhone is and you decide to seek further assistance.
- You Tweet on Twitter and send a message out on Face book.
- Within a matter of minutes, you get a hoard of answers, based on a percentage system, as to what could be the cause of your headache – and mind you, this is advice coming only from registered doctors on that particular frequency and not any Tom, Dick or Harry.
- You decide that this is the right advice.
- The right prescription is ordered for you via your iPhone (of course!) and you are told what time to pick it up from the pharmacy.
- When you reach the pharmacy, the prescription is waiting for you.
- Your iPhone gives you a medication schedule with timely reminders as to when you have to take your medication.
- Also, it suggests a dietary plan for you if necessary.
Now wouldn’t that be something? You bet it would.
And this is precisely what the future holds in store for outpatient care in USA as linked with social media.