Sharing of Knowledge Through Social Media

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Have you ever wondered what Instagram will look like if healthcare professionals took it over? Figure 1, a photo-sharing application for healthcare professionals, come close.

Launched in May 2013, it has since amassed hundreds and thousands of users who have posted two million photos. This app was designed to enable doctors to share pictures of their patients, both with each other and with medical students. However, not everyone can post or commend on the photos unless their professions are being verified. Many medical students now use this app to learn from other healthcare professionals. This medical community has certainty provide a platform for knowledge sharing and learning. Doctors, nurses, interns, medical students and other healthcare professionals can now connect with colleagues to discuss compelling medical cases by discovering images by anatomy or specialty. This app can also promote interactive learning among healthcare workers while protecting patient privacy.

Privacy of patients has been the major priority and concern of this app. Patients’ faces are automatically being obscured and the apps provide in-app services to remove identifying marks like tattoos, case numbers and patients’ names manually.Also, each photo is reviewed by moderators before adding into databases. Going one step further now, this app also provides consent form that requires patients’ signature. Besides that, Figure 1 app allows any photo to be flagged for privacy concerns in order to police the site.

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As medical students in this 21st century where everyone’s hands are busy with smartphones, this photo-sharing app is definitely a great medical education tool where students can find certain images related to a certain disease relatively quicker and in a more sensitive way. Students can also learn so much from just browsing through the apps as many photos are posted by experienced healthcare professionals with an intention to educate and share knowledge with the younger generation of healthcare learners. By participating in the discussions and giving opinions of a certain conditions, students can learn better and remember the disease in different perspectives. Moreover, 50% of the brain is dedicated to visual functions, thus images are processed faster than text and can help medical students in understanding and memorizing difficult and complex signs, symptoms and diagnosis.

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Lastly, the video attached below is a review of this medical app by Dermatology Times. It is believed that this app can be a valuable tool of medical knowledge sharing and a great learning platform for all healthcare professionals. I like what the founder Josh Landy, an intensive care specialist at Scarborough Hospital in Toronto, Canada said, “It’s overdue for a tool like this,” he concludes. “I’d like to see it everywhere”.

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