5 Social Media Sites for Healthcare Professionals

Social networking sites are an important aspect of delivering proper health care. Interaction with patients, colleagues and other working professionals is a must in trying to stay on top of an ever changing field.  Social networking is crucial to furthering one’s career and education.

1.  PatientsLikeMe attempts to make the communication between healthcare professionals and organizations to their respective patients more efficient and their interactions invaluable in helping to diagnose life-changing diseases. Using a virtual platform, real world professional data is collected and the site links doctors, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, research organizations, and nonprofits to create important partnerships.

2.  Ozmosis is a professional social network that permits physicians to exchange medical knowledge. Ozmosis is provides free services, and facilitates the distribution of collective knowledge and experience of its physicians and transforms individual insights into trusted knowledge for all its members, providing physicians a place where they can turn daily for trusted and reliable clinical, practice management and health policy information. Ozmosis delivers personalized and relevant medical information to each member, ultimately saving time and improving patient care.

3.  MDLinx connects healthcare professionals and patients to cutting-edge break throughs in medicine and health care and provides the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries with highly targeted interactive. MDLinx utilizes marketing, education, content, and research solutions and is often used by busy physicians, healthcare professionals, and consumers alike to find the latest research in the medical field.  The website is further broken down in 35 medical specialty sites, 36 patient sites, and more than 800 subspecialty sections for research purposes.

4. Sermo provides real-time meetings for physicians to get help with everything from patient care to practice management. Physicians are ranked accordingly by their fellow colleagues for the quality and content of their responses given, and thus higher ranking physicians are given more credence in their answers. The website employs the communally physician driven observations to allow physicians to better draw conclusions and make deductions more quickly than they might otherwise do individually.

5.  WEGO Health is comprised of a group of very enthusiastic members that consistently provide networking opportunities and offer many thought-provoking topics for discussion. The site’s moderators, bloggers and book authors, coaches and caregivers are passionate in their sharing of knowledge and experience for the good of the community. WEGO Health works with large health sites as well as small non-profits, which is an integral part of its content consisting of published blogs and web sites that are used as research tools.

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