Connecting with other doctors can be very beneficial for your practice. For example, connecting with specialists can help with patient referrals. It can also be important for second opinions when problem-solving. Doctors can ask questions, share opinions and more. For many doctors, time is limited for typical social media use. Personal Facebook accounts may go a while without an update. Luckily, several efficient social networking sites have been created specifically for doctors. Check out the below 5 noteworthy social media sites for medical professionals.
SERMO is probably one of the most popular social networking sites for doctors. The site has 600,000 members from all over the world. Doctors must be “verified and credentialed” to have access to the site. SERMO is unique in that its doctors can speak anonymously and thus more openly to their peers on topics that are important to them. Your conversations are confidential.
Doximity is another social networking site with an already large user base. Over half a million U.S healthcare professionals are members. An interesting advantage to this network is that you can earn CME/CE credits by reading medical journals found on the site. You can also send and receive HIPAA-secure faxes from your mobile device.
QuantiaMD is known not only for its collaboration component but also for its learning component. There are over a thousand U.S experts from top hospitals and institutions that provide knowledge and advice through 5-10 minute intervals. These are meant to fit easily into your busy schedule. The platform seamlessly connects its 200,000 members across phones, tablets, and laptops.
WeMedUp is another social networking option with a global network of medical professionals. Members can include physicians, dentists, allied health professionals, administrators & staff at medical and dental institutions, medical & dental students as well as students of other health professions. On this site, you can discuss cases as well as search for job openings worldwide.
Figure1’s 1 million strong user base includes healthcare professionals and healthcare students from a variety of specialties including medicine, nursing, paramedicine, and dentistry. What makes figure 1 unique is the emphasis on the ability to anonymously submit photos of an ailment. Whether an x-ray or photo, the healthcare provider can then compare to other images on the site. This can be helpful when dealing with a rare disorder.