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Social Media for Healthcare Providers


Social Media has become a significant resource for providers. It allows providers to share general information with a large group. With these new tools for reaching patients, providers have a new avenue to reach patients. The American College of Obstetricians's Communications Department has recently released a newsletter dedicated entirely to social media, best practices, and usage tips.

Interested in the College's Immunization related social media efforts? Click here to read an adult immunizations twitter chat.

ACOG Today Social Media Guide

The guide includes topics such as Twitter, Blogging, Facebook, Social Media Dos and Don'ts, liability, and resources to get started. Below are the getting started resources in the guide.


"Professionalism in the Use of Social Media" American Medical Association Policy

"Model Policy Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practicem" Federation of State Medical Boards

"The Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

"CDC's Guide to Writing for Social Media"

Better Health, a network of professional health care bloggers

Tweet Reach and Hash Tracking (tells you how many people your tweet reached)

How to create YouTube videos for patient education

How to set up a Facebook account

How to set up a Twitter account

Last Updated: 9/15/2014

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