Why Healthcare Professionals Should Use Social Media

Doctors carrying computerI am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month.  Today’s topic is, “Why healthcare companies (or healthcare professionals) should use social media”

Why?  Because maybe they would learn something!

Yesterday, I wrote about the diabetes meeting we had where I live with a CDE and some of the things that she did not know about.  I mentioned in my article that she did not know that Type 1s could use the Type 2 drugs Symlin or Victoza.  My guess is that her knowledge about those drugs comes from the marketing materials that the sales reps hand her.  I also know that sales reps are not supposed to market drugs for uses not approved by the FDA.  Unless she has heard from other sources that those drugs work for problems that Type 1s have also, chances are, she will never use them on a Type 1.  Social media is how I knew Types 1s use those drugs and if she used social media, she would know that also.

I have gastroparesis and find that Apidra is the best insulin for gastroparesis.  I have talked to other people with gastroparesis and other people feel the same way that I do about Apidra.  I know Sanofi can’t market Apidra as “the best insulin for gastroparesis’ without jumping thru all kinds of hoops with the FDA, so social media is a good way to spread that information.  The FDA can’t stop me from voicing my opinion on what works and what doesn’t work.  And no, Sanofi is not paying me to make that statement. 

If more healthcare people used social media, they would pick up on things that help us.  They would see debates conversations about new studies.  They would see the patient opinions of pros and cons of various drugs.  They would learn about the things we like and the things we don’t like.  Like I said, they just might learn something!

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Comments

  1. Excellent point Kelly. How many times we’ve all heard from a Dr., “Some of my patients say…”, “Some of my patients have had great success with…” They have to learn from their patients and their experiences as well as their own (which typically don’t include having the ailment /disease themselves).

    • Thanks Jeanne! I have heard that a lot from doctors. I think the doctors that listen to patients and are willing to step outside of the box and try something different are the ones that make a better doctor. Same goes for the CDEs.

  2. Yep, great point. It’s all about the real-world application and best practices, as you’ve said before.

  3. You are absolutely correct. I’m lucky in that my new endo has T1 himself, and has tried stuff out, but most endos aren’t in that position. They could learn a LOT from us, if they wanted to. But I also understand that time is always an issue for anyone who’s working, including us social-media activist PWDs. So we need to learn to use the bright spots, and not bother with the quacky stuff. That’s what CDEs and endos need to learn the most. And I LOVE the cartoon with the orderlies carrying the PC! :-)

    • Thanks Natalie! I didn’t realize that your new endo was a T1! Yeah, most of them aren’t in that position. I agree that there is always an issue for anyone working to find the time. I sometimes feel like I don’t have enough time to keep up and I don’t work! I can’t remember where I found that one at – I thought it would be a good one for this. I have a couple that I really want to use but haven’t found the right article for them yet!

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