Top Social Networks For Healthcare Professionals
Social media and social networking is proving to be much more than just a fad. Its big business and industries across the globe are realising the benefits of connecting with other professionals and experts online - as well as potential and existing clients - and the healthcare industry is no different.
It has taken a little longer for medical professional to adopt social media, probably owing to fears regarding patient confidentiality, however with secure networks, increasing online security measures and a better understanding of what social media has to offer, the medical industry is starting to utelise online tools in a big way.
Professionals in the industry are beginning to see how social media can be used to further development and understanding of complex medical conditions; its not just about sharing patient information, but also unique symptoms, trends, concerns and ideas. Sharing information and subsequent group analysis is furthering medical development in leaps and bounds.
Healthcare Global has compiled a list of the top social networks available for healthcare and medical professionals.
MedicalMingle.com is an online community for people interested in, working in, servicing, or studying for a career in the healthcare and medical field. It offers advice and discusses the latest medical news and developments.
MyMedPort.com is a social network for healthcare professionals who are seeking information and resources for business. Its a forum for professionals within the healthcare industry.
Sermo.com is an online physician community where users can collaborate on difficult cases, exchange observations, get help with patient care, practice management and more.
Ozmosis.com is a social network that provides physicians with a resource they can turn to on a daily basis for trusted and reliable clinical, practice management and health policy information.
iMedExchange.com is an online community exclusively for physicians where professionals can find information, opportunities and network with each other.
BioMedExperts.com is literature-based scientific social network that helps bring biomedical researchers together to share information and discoveries online.
DoctorsHangout.com is professional networking site for doctors and medical students.
Businessfriend.com is the new kid on the social media block for business leaders and professionals. It has a number of industry related social pages where healthcare professionals can find the latest news and interact with one another.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”