NEW DATE! Research Ethics and Policy Series (REPS) | Raina M. Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA
12:00pm - 1:00pm • via Zoom
Digital Media in the Era of
Raina M. Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
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Social media and other digital platforms that enable connectivity have unprecedented influence and are expanding their reach into healthcare. To date, more than 2.9 billion individuals use social media regularly and many for long stretches of time. These platforms have a singular advantage that healthcare organizations do not have in that they are widely used across broad demographic categories and are nearly ubiquitous in some groups. Perhaps most importantly, they may significantly affect—for better or worse—perceptions, actions, and lifestyle choices. These platforms also may have a role in health care given the recognition that patients seek greater agency in managing, tracking, and having ownership of their health. The use of digital data and tools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has raised interesting questions about ethics, policy, research, and patient experience.
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