A brief note to mention something really interesting, but still in the works. The last two weeks, I've participated in an online Twitter discussion regarding health care and social media. These conversations tend to be focused on one or two issues, but have started me thinking more about what this medium could provide over time.
I have 2 major questions right now:
1) what do patients want from health care providers on social media? Do they want providers to act as information aggregators, or is the hope that providers will provide direct patient interaction?
2) how can health care providers find good patient-centered resources to follow? I understand that interest and professional groups have accounts, but how many can one follow and really stay on top of things?
I think this is a conversation that is in the early stages and, if to reach maximal benefit, would require major discussions of issues such as online privacy/confidentiality, the HIPAA privacy laws, provider liability, etc.
Not something with any definite answers, but an interesting set of questions.