According to the June issue of Pediatric journals, studies have shown that almost one in four teenagers between ages 12 to 19 is at the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or may have already been suffering from diabetes. The ratio has increased dramatically from nearly one in ten American teenagers in less than ten years.
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Last week we all watched as the largest social media company on the planet went through their IPO. Exciting Right? Well what I find more exciting is to sit back and think of the many ways social media can be used to educate patients with chronic conditions. Conditions like breast cancer, heart disease, multiple myeloma and diabetes just to name a few. Imagine how communities might be built where patients and caregivers might find a way to get support, encourage others, learn, inspire and belong.
When it comes to social media platforms for healthcare, the overwhelming number of social media sites may be seen as a minefield for healthcare professionals and patients/caregivers alike. However, the value of this tool and the potential learnings for those who use it cannot be overlooked, especially since it may provide a near realtime platform for discovering relevant information about a medical conditionMany stakeholders in the healthcare delivery continuum can benefit greatly from the insights generated from social media platforms. Stakeholders such as:
When you think of Social Media what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you're like most of us, healthcare is not the first thing that you think about. My guess is that most of us think of social media as a way to connect with family and friends, promote a product or service and let the world know what we are thinking or our latest idea.
I will never forget the day when I was told my sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. And, I will never forget the day I was told my mother was diagnosed with early signs of dementia. After doing a little research, and finding out that someone diagnosed with dementia would have significant memory challenges as well as other cognitive difficulties, and that these challenges will get in the way of daily living I knew that the journey our family would go through would be long and mentally / physically taxing. In both cases I wondered what the level of non-clinical or medical support would look like for our family. What kind of support groups would be available and where could our family go on line for a deeper understanding of what was on the horizon. Even conditions which effect millions of people around the word like breast cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease seem to be lacking in the area of online support for patients and caregivers, yet the numbers of newly diagnosed patients each year keeps growing at a rapid rate. The amount of clinical information what was available to us was plentiful, however, much of that information required a PhD out understand! Patient support groups designed to provide an understanding of how to maintain a reasonable standard of living to the newly diagnosed patients and comfort / support for caregivers provide tremendous value. Believe me I when I tell you - I know!