How can social media affect our global healthcare? Will it be positive or negative? Our technologies are getting more and more advanced as times goes by. One of it is social media. Social Media is so popular that even the young ones know how to use it. It influences every one of us and we often depend on it. As a user of social media, you are updated on the news, weather, your family, and friends’ lives. Using this platform helps us gather what we need to know, including our health. In a positive perspective, social media impacts our global healthcare in more advanced and helpful way by giving detailed and information to users. But it also has a negative result for using it as a tool for your own diagnosis.
For healthcare providers, the use of social media for them gives a positive result for exploring additional procedures that enriches their skills. It makes them advanced to the medical environment that provides a cutting-edge in health. For them, it is a research tool. They can publish their recent research, easily educate healthcare consumers, and direct the patients or consumers to their websites and landing pages for up-to-date information. They can market the pioneering services such as blockchain-based financial answers to other healthcare companies. They can post case data, photos, and outcomes as well as share patient assessments and statements. Lastly, they can give customer care and offer healthcare guidance through social media.
The downside or negative result is that users may become dependent on it. Like millennials nowadays, they seek more on the net than doctors. They give themselves their own diagnosis and self-medicate. In social media, we cannot deny the fact that it has a lot of information, but not all of it can be adopted or use by individuals. Using the social media in an incorrect manner can have a negative affect one’s life.
A lot of facts about the specific condition in health have a different explanation in social media. Without the healthcare professional assisting on what to do, your health may be in trouble. We still need the healthcare provider to give us the right advice for our health. Considering the benefits of social media, it can also bring negative effects to us by misusing the platform. Also, it is now considered as a comfortable way for many people to interact with their doctors. But remember that physician and patient confidentiality must still be observed.