Twitter for Health

Many use Twitter to stay in touch with family and friends. Now, health experts say it could be a great method to keep patients informed about medical issues.

Hospitals, medical groups and health care organizations found Twitter is a convenient way to keep in touch with a lot of patients at one time.

Short messages, known as "tweets" provide a fast and easy system to reach many people quickly.

Messages can be used for such things as tracking disease outbreaks, informing patents about medical trials and sending out health alerts and drug safety warnings.

However, the use of social networking to communicate medical information must be done carefully, in order to preserve patient privacy.

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