With much of your time spent either in the operating room or meticulously entering patient notes, Twitter is probably one of the last things on your mind. Although the snappy, trendy social media platform has always been a great source for up-to-date news information and political discourse, what does it have to do with medical professionals?
No matter how active your current online presence is, you should consider adding Twitter to your social media arsenal. The platform takes very little time to set up, and since each tweet is a maximum of 280 characters, it requires minimal effort to participate.
Between news and politics, 54% of Americans turn to Twitter for information. Since the network’s recently introduced “explore” tab makes it even easier for users to consume trending topics and viral news, it’s a go-to source for quick updates.
The medical community has a unique opportunity to harness the power of Twitter to continue educating patient populations. And, some have already started the conversation.
From answering questions, to debunking myths, to starting controversial policy conversations, to correcting false information, your ability to positively impact patient care skyrockets by using Twitter. The best part? You don’t even have to schedule an appointment. As you consider strengthening your Twitter presence, here are 20 accounts worth following; they have already established themselves as excellent resources to supplement medical practice news and healthcare insights.
A home for physicians from across the globe, bringing #networking opportunities via moderated threads, in both private and public forms.
Physician, author, keynote speaker, USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors. Social media’s leading physician voice.
Digital health geek, MD, MPH, MBA, #wearables, #fitness, #CME, Quality Improvement (QI), interprofessional collaborative practice.
American Medical Association: Physicians’ powerful ally in patient care.
Surgeon, writer, researcher, CEO.
We deliver need-to-know healthcare news, insights and trends for industry executives.
Knowledge is the best medicine. Providing you with trustworthy health information from the halls of @Harvardmed and world-famous affiliated hospitals.
Covering the people, policy and tech driving next-gen healthcare in the U.S. It has been the voice of health IT for 15+ years.
News service covering health care. Editorially independent program of @KFF. No ties to Kaiser Permanente.
An integrated clinical practice, education and research institution specializing in treating patients.
Medscape provides breaking medical news and expert perspectives, drug and disease information, and free CME across 30+ medical specialties.
Sharing health and medical news from around the world.
Having fun creating and sharing stories about health and healthcare innovation on THE DOCTOR WEIGHS IN.
Connecting nurses to share information, ideas, knowledge, and support in order to improve patient care.
Director of The Medical Futurist Institute, science fiction fanatic, health tracker with a mission to bring future technologies to healthcare. #digitalhealth
Health and tech reporter at @CNBC.
I help people navigate health and technology.
HIMSS aims to realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) improves the health and well-being of individuals through the use of technology and health information.
Award-winning healthcare business news, research, and opinion
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