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Semin Hematol. 2017 Oct;54(4):198-204. doi: 10.1053/j.seminhematol.2017.08.001. Epub 2017 Aug 12.

Risks and benefits of Twitter use by hematologists/oncologists in the era of digital medicine.

Author information

1
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Electronic address: dattai@mednet.ucla.edu.
2
Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
3
AIM Specialty Health, Chicago, IL.
4
Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC.
5
Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA.
6
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Boston, MA.
7
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL.
8
Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH.
9
City of Hope, Duarte, CA.
10
Aurora Research Institute, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI.
11
Symplur LLC, Los Angeles, CA.
12
Lifespan Cancer Institute, Providence, RI.

Abstract

Twitter use by physicians, including those in the hematology-oncology field, is increasing. This microblogging platform provides a means to communicate and collaborate on a global scale. For the oncology professional, an active Twitter presence provides opportunities for continuing medical education, patient engagement and education, personal branding, and reputation management. However, because Twitter is an open, public forum, potential risks such as patient privacy violations, personal information disclosures, professionalism lapses, and time management need to be considered and managed. The authors have summarized the benefits and risks of Twitter use by the hematology-oncology physician. In addition, strategies to maximize benefit and minimize risk are discussed, and resources for additional learning are provided.

KEYWORDS:

Digital engagement; Health information; Hematologist–Oncologist; Patient education; Social media; Twitter

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