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XVIII.4 July + August 2011
Page: 17
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The multidimensional role of social media in healthcare


Authors:
Dana Lewis

Can a hashtag change healthcare? In our world, it can. Gone are the days of healthcare being 10 years behind the technological curve. Today, individuals and organizations are meeting up online and using these tools to make a difference in healthcare. In some cases, like “e-Patient Dave” deBronkart’s, the difference is choice rather than consent: The choices he discovered via social media can empower other patients to beat his type of cancer. Technologies such as electronic health records were not available to help artist and patient advocate Regina Holliday’s husband beat his cancer; she has since taken up paintbrush and…




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