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Circulation of information

  1. 1. Image: katerhaflickr<br />Circulation of Information<br />Taking the Pulse of Social Media Health Information<br />
  2. 2. Image: Laura4Smith, flickr<br />Less than 20 years ago,<br />your health was between you, <br />your doctor and <br />maybe your family.<br />
  3. 3. Image: thetartanpodcast, flickr<br />Now, blogging about your health worries, being on an e-mail list for your diagnosis or ‘liking’ a <br />health related cause is more than typical. <br />
  4. 4. Since we are always connected, <br />we use our social media tools <br />to influence our health related decisions <br />just like we would buying a new pair of shoes. <br />Image: doug88888, flickr<br />
  5. 5. Image: deanjenkinsmorguefile<br />In fact, just over 65% of people who use social media said that it was somewhat to very likely that it would influence their health care decisions.<br />
  6. 6. Image: Mark Hunter<br />Furthermore, 61%<br />of adults look online for <br />health information. <br />
  7. 7. Yutaka Tsutano, flickr<br />Is technology <br />and social media making us healthier, smarter or more aware?<br />
  8. 8. Image: Joe Shabotnik, flickr<br />The answer appears to be yes – but often not because we are getting the right answers but instead we are getting the right questions. <br />
  9. 9. say it lead them to ask a doctor new questions, or to get a second opinion from another doctor.<br />53%<br />Image: Marcus Ramburg, flickr<br />
  10. 10. 60% say the information found online affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition. <br />Image: limowreck666, flickr<br />
  11. 11. Our awareness is growing as we connect with the tools to tell us what is going on, right now, right here and around the world. <br />Image: Bogdan L, flickr<br />
  12. 12. For example, gives users the ability to click on common symptoms they may be experiencing and see if their symptoms are shared by others nearby. <br />Image: NiklasWikstrom, flickr<br />
  13. 13. Image: polifemus, flickr<br />And the Public Health Agency of Canada is happy to connect with you through your phone, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feed or online videos.<br />
  14. 14. Image: Spencer E. Holtaway, flickr<br />The Center for Disease Control adds Flickr, a blog, iTunes, Myspace and Youtube to that list! <br />
  15. 15. Current health information can even be found by following Twitter Health or by joining Facebook groups dedicated to a specific disease or illnesses. <br />Image: ivanpw, flickr<br />
  16. 16. Image: Kevin Saff, flickr<br />All of these tools can keep you better informed about the health trends that might affect you in the future, according to where you live or may be traveling. <br />
  17. 17. Image: fsse8info, flickr<br />And if you want to move from a worldwide view to a personal understanding of your own health:<br />
  18. 18. Image: ChristianoBetta, flickr<br />There is an app for that!<br />
  19. 19. Image: etnyk, flickr<br />The Android Market offers no less than <br />2,275 results for the search word ‘health’.<br />
  20. 20. Image: code_martial, flickr<br />One of these options <br />‘sleepbot’ offers the ability <br />to track your sleep patterns and even to send the information <br />and graphs to Facebook. <br />
  21. 21. Image: mellyjean, flickr<br />Wait. <br />Do I really want all of my Facebook friends, family and potential employers to know when I went to bed, or how much sleep I get during exam times? <br />Probably not.<br />
  22. 22. Image: cornflakegirl_, flickr<br />When it comes to your health:<br />Be careful what you post, <br />where you post it, and who you trust. <br />
  23. 23. Image: PhotoGraham, flickr<br />Bottom line: Just because everything is becoming interactive, <br />doesn’t mean you should interact with it. <br />
  24. 24. Image:, flickr<br />Reference Sites:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />