Social Media is a universal term for instruments designed to support online social interactions. To be more specific, it refers to tools that help people have conversations online, on topics that matter to them. These conversations can be through Blogs, Wikis, Social Networks and many others. To me, another good example of understanding the impact of social media came when I saw an article about a patient diagnosed with “urinary incontinence”, one of the most under diagnosed, completely misunderstood areas at that time where there are adequate treatment options available to lead a normal life. Thanks to the digital world such conditions today are managed better.
With our technology today, patients may find superior information on their conditions. These patients may then confront their doctors about what they uncovered. Social media allows for patients to have a better understanding about what his or her condition consist of. Information available to a patient, education available for a patient, options available to a patient to participate in decision outcomes are some of the parameters that lead to patient empowerment. Social media allows patients to have a better understanding of their illnesses as well as doctors being more educated about medical conditions and the resources available to mange those. Healthcare happens when both patients and doctors using social media work together. Social networking can lead to good health from treatments and diseases by educating and making individuals more involved with their health. Not only does social networking aid patients but it can help greatly reduce healthcare costs. With that being said, social media is extremely influential in patient-centered care.
As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I am creating a website for my senior exhibition. My website is going to be called “The Health Network”.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on website layouts with my father. I have come to the conclusion that the webpage will be centered around a “medical” themed layout rather than a social themed layout. The website itself will allow for people with sicknesses to create an account and interact with others who have the same problems. I want to attract outside sources to my webpage, so they can donate their time and money to certain patients. Not only will outside sources be able to donate money but, they will also be able to host fundraisers in order to raise money for specific diseases that can fund any patient in need with that disease. I also plan to speak with someone in charge of Medical webpage such as MUSC webpage to possibly get my website linked onto their website. This would allow for more people to hear about my website.
Within the next couple of weeks, I will be focusing on the layout of my website and how I manage to bring it all together. As I continue working on my project I keep bringing myself to my essential question which is “How does social networking affect the medical industry to help those in need of medical care?” Within the last couple of months I have seen that social networking affects more people positively than negatively. In my next blog I will talk more about how my project is expanding and how I see my essential question affecting the public.
As I have stated before, I volunteer at the Medical University of South Carolina every Monday night. For this reasoning, I have decided to complete my site visit there. My peers and myself included are required to do a site visit for our Senior Exhibition. A site visit is simply a visit to relevant sites related to our Senior Exhibition topic. As we our encouraged to complete more than one site visit, I plan to make volunteering on Monday night’s a greater experience by discovering more about my topic (The Health Network).
While volunteering at MUSC for the past couple of months while focusing on my Senior Exhibition, I have discovered different scopes of social networking and how it influences patients. I have become closer with the nurses, technicians, secretaries, doctors, and most importantly the patients. By doing so, I have created a relationship where I can communicate efficiently about the influences of social networking on patients.
So far, I have learned and received an immense amount of information to help me to further my project. While volunteering, I’ve had multiple secretaries and doctors look at my blog as I educated them on the importance of my project. Every one of them had a helpful amount of criticism to offer. This censure will strengthen my project in areas it needs improvement. As the senior class is required to have their site visit completed by Friday, January 11, I will continue to receive constructive advice and criticism from individuals at my site visit.