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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 105-111

Social media in healthcare: Uses, risks, and barriers


Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Abdul R Alsughayr
Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.156405

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Establishing a social media presence has never been more important for the healthcare industry. With patients going online to discuss their health and research their conditions, it is essential for healthcare professionals and organizations to maintain a social web presence and have a voice in these conversations. Though there are many potential benefits for social media in healthcare, there are also risks to be taken into consideration when planning to engage in these relatively new forms of media. Privacy and security are top consumer concerns on sharing health information. Social media is about dialogue, interactivity, spontaneity, people, and technology. One of the goals of social media is to help patients become better informed, equipped to participate in their care, and be able to partner with their healthcare providers to develop plans of care that meet their individual needs. This review will present important social media elements and discuss their barriers and risks.


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