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The Intelligent Use of Digital Tools and Social Media in Practice ManagementSocial Media for Practitioners

Christopher L. Carroll, MD, FCCP; Pradeep Ramachandran, MBBS
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From the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Dr Carroll), University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT; and Genesys Regional Medical Center (Dr Ramachandran), Grand Blanc, MI.

Correspondence to: Christopher L. Carroll, MD, FCCP, 282 Washington St, Hartford, CT 06106; e-mail: ccarrol@connecticutchildrens.org


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Chest. 2014;145(4):896-902. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0251
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The Internet has fundamentally transformed the way patients and health-care providers communicate and interact. The use of digital tools and social media platforms, such as blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, have empowered patients to expand their health-care knowledge and have provided practitioners with new ways to gain knowledge, lead discussions, promote causes, and build relationships with patients and other providers. In this article, we discuss the difference between digital communication, static one-way digital presence, and two-way social media connections. We also describe ways to establish and foster your digital profile, review the benefits and risks of engaging professionally in social media, and describe ways in which digital and social media tools may prove useful in both reimbursement and practice management.

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