Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Social Media? The Answer to the Doctor’s Lounge

Patients and hospital staffs alike, as they walk by the Doctors lounge must wonder what transpires in those cloistered spaces, somewhat akin to boardrooms, VIP lounges, and even without “Private” or “Do not Enter” signs, the unwritten social understanding is this is a special place for a select few.

Social media is the opposite, where anyone can enter unless a specific block is used for a message. Pandora’s box has been opened, and not all the things which come out are bad.

Humans have a primitive need for social contact.  We even see this in higher species of the animal kingdom, grooming, verbalization, family groups, mourning, hunting and more.

In fact when denied this contact humans undergo mental and behavioral changes that become destructive. Studies have shown that restricted social contact and/or isolation at critical stages of development create the inability to relate to others.

There appears to be no danger of social isolation among twitter, FB and G+ fans. The phenomenon carries over to medical meetings and the use of smartphones for mHealth apps

It is just about time for the annual mHealth Summit near Washington, D.C. The event will feature keynote speakers, such as John Stratton COO of Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs

The inclusion of these notable executives illuminates the importance of reliable mobile access and the improvement of smartphone speed such as LTE and 4G to facilitate the transmission of medical images. Because cellular phone technology is not secure this will require new encryption software, possibly similar to that used by the military to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations.

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