"Telemedicine and social media intersect to advance population health." More patients want to interact with doctors via social media, which opens new opportunities to treat chronic conditions, reduce unneeded visits. The evidence is emerging that social media could play an increasingly important role in the doctor-patient relationship. A new survey, conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association, found that more than half of millennials, 54 percent as well as 42 percent of adults, would like to be friends with or follow their healthcare providers on social media.
The research also found 65 percent and 43 percent of all adults felt it appropriate to contact their physician regarding a health issue via social media, either by posting on their page or direct messaging them. While health professionals are barred from sharing information over social media that could identify a patient, violating their privacy rights, the AOA said some physicians find social media to be an effective tool for sharing important medical information, especially since young people often don't see a doctor enough. https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/telemedicine-and-social-media-intersect-advance-population-health