Nirav Desai at Hands on Telehealth just made a video interview with me about my views on telemedicine, social media and the course. I hope you will enjoy it.
That interview was very enlightening. It was a very comprehensive summary of how social media is impacting healthcare, which I found to be extremely relevant to some of the topics I have spent the semester discussing in my Medicine and Media university course. I think that you made a very valid point when you said discussed how although new social media technology is available, doctors need to be become more comfortable using it. You did cite some examples of socials media being utilized in the hospital setting, but, correct me if I am wrong, I think that much of the resistance to these new technologies is coming from the older generation of physicians. I would think that younger physicians, who have grown up surrounded by technologies such as computers, smart phones and social media, are more adept at utilizing these avenues and perhaps more open to it? Is that a safe assumption? And if it is, then would it be safe to go a step further and assert that a total shift to integration of social media and other digital technologies within healthcare will not occur until the healthcare workforce is filled with people who are familiar and with these technologies (not to say current doctors cannot learn to use it)? Although the benefits of telehealth are obvious (I found your ultrasound story very indicative of the huge realm of possible benefits of telehealth), familiarity with the technology is necessary to ensure that it is used properly. Therefore, like you addressed, the future of healthcare is largely dependent on the widespread acceptance of these technologies.
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