Study: Social Media Used by Physicians for Medical Information | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Study: Social Media Used by Physicians for Medical Information

September 27, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

According to a study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, physicians are increasingly using social media applications to keep up-to-date and to share newly acquired medical knowledge with other physicians within the medical community and to improve the quality of patient care.  Of the physician respondents, 61 percent used social media on a weekly basis or more to to scan or explore medical information.

The study’s authors, led by Brian S. McGowan, Ph.D, an education technology consultant and author, interviewed 485 physicians to determine how they are using using social media to share and exchange medical information with colleagues. It was also looking to identify the factors that influence physicians’ use of social media as a component of their lifelong learning and continuing professional development.

Of the respondents, 24.1 percent used social media for medical information purposes daily or more. Forty-six percent contributed on a weekly basis. Nearly 58 percent of respondents stated that social media enabled them to care for patients more effectively, and 60 percent stated it improved the quality of patient care they delivered.

“The main factors influencing a physician’s usage of social media to share medical knowledge with other physicians were perceived ease of use and usefulness. Respondents who had positive attitudes toward the use of social media were more likely to use social media and to share medical information with other physicians through social media,” it says in the report’s abstract.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

KLAS Research: Small Hospitals’ Buying Decisions Impacting EMR Market Share

A new KLAS Research report tracks shifts in electronic medical record (EMR) vendor market share among acute care hospitals, and finds that smaller hospitals are seeking technology solutions that meet their needs and limited budgets, and these contracts are making a mark on the EMR market.

Survey: Majority of Providers Predict Success for New Generic Drug Company, Project Rx

Back in January, four health systems, in consultation with the VA, announced a collaboration to develop a new, not-for-profit generic drug company. A survey has found that 90 percent of providers say they would become customers of the new venture.

Personalized Medicine Awareness Low Among U.S. Adults, Survey Finds

Genetics and personalized medicine are not top of mind for the general public in the U.S., according to a recent survey from GenomeWeb and the Personalized Medicine Coalition.

Industry Organizations Praise Senate Passage of VA Mission Act

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 92-5, a major Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill that includes health IT-related provisions to improve health data exchange between VA healthcare providers and community care providers.

NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program has issued a funding announcement for genome centers to generate genotype and whole genome sequence data from participants’ biosamples.

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).