Dr. Deanna J. Attai is an ardent proponent of social media among physicians. Every Monday night, she moderates Twitter chats for the Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM) community, a worldwide social media support group for people affected by breast cancer. She also has her own blog and social media profiles, which she contributes to regularly.
There’s no doubt about it: more than ever, physicians and healthcare employers alike are using social media. Today, 65% of physicians use social media for professional reasons and 90% use social sites to connect with family and friends, according to research cited by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming years.