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Cover Story - March 4, 2011

The doctor is in ... your social network

Local physicians and hospitals make new personal connections with patients through social media

by Rebecca Wallace

Physicians may not make house calls anymore, but it sure is nice to have your doctor as a Facebook friend.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of University South
on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

This makes the whole privacy issue a bit more scary.
And people can apply medical advice that doesn't fit their problem.
There are educational benefits, but also misinformation looms a larger problem.

Posted by Facebookie
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

I agree with Jane. Security and privacy on Facebook and other social media web sites is so poor that I do not trust them with any kind of sensitive personal or medical information. Why can't doctors use the same kind of secure web sites as banks and stock brokers?

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I have been a participant in both the PAMC and the VA nets. In both, the time saved from the usual receptionist-nurse-doctor communication path is amazing.

Posted by Bo
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

This article is very long, and wordy. Given that the topic is multi-media, and computer-based technology, links to Youtube videos, and Twitter feeds, would have conveyed a lot more information that one in this article.

This article is an example of the problems print media has trying to transition "in the cloud", and the world of on-line information distribution.

Posted by William
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2011 at 5:23 am

Remote care is more a complement to visits, e.g. for monitoring familiar patients in outlying rural areas. Still, what you cannot observe gets missed.

Why not encourage patients to socialise more frequently (e.g. self-help groups) instead of providing time on Facebook. Don't you have a life too?

All Internet activities should be considered public. If you don't want to announce it over the PA system of your local supermarket keep it off the web.

As far as news updates go: Why do you belong to a professional association?

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

The main gain is eliminating the need for both ends to be available at the same time. It eliminate phone tag.

Posted by Student JM
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Social media can be a compliment to visiting doctors. It should not replace doctor consultations and visits. A doctor cannot and should not treat you through any social media.

All this social media is getting rid of the face-to-face connections we used to have with each other. And, especially if you have a medical problem, you should physically see a doctor.
Also, there is always talk about all of these foundations, but why do we not talk about the private doctors who are not affiliated with these foundations and have to compete against these large cooperations?

I'm just a student who likes to get all sorts of different angles and perspectives on issues.

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