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Social Media in Clinical Practice: The First Social Media Handbook for Doctors is Coming Soon!


In the last 10 months, I’ve been working day and night to finish a book that could fill a huge gap regarding the practical use of social media in medicine and healthcare. Social Media in Clinical Practice was meant to introduce medical professionals to the digital world through real-life examples, suggestions and step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been teaching medical students and physicians about these topics for many years and they always came up with a final question: is there a practical book that could help us learn the meaningful use of social media? Now yes, there is!

I hope medical professionals will find it useful and e-patients will share it with their doctors.

Social media has been clearly changing the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. Medical professionals must be able to meet the special needs of technology-aware patients and use digital technologies in their work and communications properly. Each physician should find the tools that will assist them in their workflow, and patients need to be educated how to use the internet. It is the responsibility of medical professionals to contribute to this process. The constantly evolving digital world must be used in the practice of medicine to improve the care of patients. However, the only way to do so effectively is via evidence-based, meaningful and strategic use. Social Media in Clinical Practice provides practical guidance in this mission and is thus essential reading for all medical personal looking into approaching this for the first time.

Here is the table of contents:
  1. Social media is transforming medicine and healthcare
  2. Using medical search engines with a special focus on Google
  3. Being up-to-date in medicine
  4. Community sites Facebook, Google+ and medical social networks
  5. The world of e-patients
  6. Establishing a medical blog
  7. The role of Twitter and microblogging in medicine
  8. Collaboration online
  9. Wikipedia and Medical Wikis
  10.  Organizing medical events in virtual environments
  11. Medical smartphone and tablet applications
  12. Use of social media by hospitals and medical practices
  13. Medical video and podcast
  14. Creating presentations and slideshows
  15. E-mails and privacy concerns
  16. Social bookmarking
  17. Conclusions
19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Excited to hear this news and looking forward to the book’s publicaton Berci

    May 24, 2013
  2. Many thanks, Marie!

    May 24, 2013
  3. Andre Darmon #

    Hi Berci, Great idea, and once again, I do not know where you find time !…
    As unfortunately you don’t have the gift of ubiquity, with that book your expertise could be shared and will be everywhere and in every hand.
    Looking forward to read it, André.

    May 25, 2013
  4. Thank you so much, André, for the kind words!

    May 26, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on Art Jones.

    May 26, 2013
  6. Looking forward to get that book in my hands – and pass it into my students’ hands. Thank you for bringing forward this revolution to medicine!

    May 27, 2013
  7. Dr. Meskó, congratulations on your upcoming book! As a young adult (and older adult) cancer survivor, patient advocate, and e-Patient, I was delighted to find your blog and am greatly looking forward to reading your book. As a new blogger myself and one who has just entered the “tweetosphere,” I have learned so much from you concerning the power of social media and its impact on medicine and healthcare. In addition to physicians and medical students, patient advocates and e-patients will undoubtedly greatly benefit from the practical guidelines you’ll be sharing and will gain critical tools in helping to enhance their role with their healthcare team as true partners in their own care. Thank you for your ongoing efforts in this critical area for patients and the medical professionals who care for them.

    My best,
    Debra Madden, Cancer Research Advocate, Patient Representative, e-Patient
    Blog: “Musings of a Cancer Research Advocate”:

    June 30, 2013
    • Dear Debra,

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I’ll start following your blog now and catch up on Twitter as well!

      July 1, 2013
  8. This is amazing, and sooo needed! Will there be an e-version as well?

    August 8, 2013
  9. Stefanie #

    Wow, I am looking forward to this book, hopefully we can integrate this in our program at Radboud University Medical Center!

    August 10, 2013
  10. Hello i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this piece of writing
    i thought i could also create comment due to this
    sensible article.

    November 1, 2013

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