Healthcare practice is running on a mature but delicate and long-standing relationship between doctor and patients, that it seems to me does not fit with current usage of hype trends of Social Networking.
If we interpret the www world as superb info speedhighway, that overwhelm us in every aspect including medicine, then even a doctor or radiologist (in my case) is having difficulties in merging this with its on-daily medical practice while superspeeding connections.
If we understood that a doctor wants to breed its practice with social networks, then doctor might act as a blogger, and by doing this he is being a high speed filter that make analysis, reflections, and select imagination collected info for NOT FDA nor PEER-REVIEW over the Internet.
Even a blogger have difficulties for curating, collating, and synthesizing this vast repository with measured deliberation, but for doctors is even worse (no social networking classes on medical school), due to complex well known HIPAA regulations, along with another ethical issues, that area lacking the idea to get social in healthcare.
this is why I like to introduce a new movement as a the next logical strategy in healthcare, which is known as “The Slow Web“.
This approach sounds more medical to me as your can see in the following quote:
The Slow Web would be more like a book, retaining many of the elements of the Popular Web, but unhurried, re-considered, additive. Research would no longer be restricted to rapid responders. Conclusions would be intentionally postponed until sufficiently noodled-with. Writers could budget sufficient dream-time before setting pixel to page. Fresh thinking would no longer have to happen in real time.
I will like to see doctors and patients following this Slow -web movement as a new perspective to preserve and nuture a patient-centered medical model in healthcare.
In practice for instance the Slow-web takes place while reading a MRI or a CT . Once you have a dictation ready, just before clicking on the save button, you want to look over images again one last time,- just to be sure nothing is left behind-.
How can this proccess takes place on a tweet for a medical attention?
If you recognize that we (doctors) are hard-workers that have few gas left in the tank for social Netwoking during the day, just to be in touch with patients, so why we need to rely only on one fast-web-mode for this?
We need to make a very important distinction between Slow Web and Fast Web. Fast Web is destination-based. Slow Web is interaction-based model. So interacting with patients without a content as a endless point, over time is more valuable than posting and retweeting medical info without a target (face-to-face traditional model of physician-patient model).
My final consideration in this regard, is that we are living on a fast mode Web, understanding fast-web mode as all about information, and at the other hand, Slow Web (perhaps medical) as all linked with knowledge.
Information passes model through patients dissolves in time. And timeliness, rhythm, and moderation are all essential for memory and learning patient education so medical information on social networks cannot be as fast and deployed as microblogging does.
A big drawnback for Twitter!, but these 140 characters need to be reshaped to work in our medical world, as now slso the Fast-Web didn’t appeal to a wide enough audience to merit our full-time doctor´s focus.
Comments are always welcome.