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June 25th, 2014

The Future of Health Care and Social Media

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Can social media sites such as Google+, Facebook, and Twitter impact the future of health care? Ask the Mayo Clinic experts and over 300 participants who joined last week's Twitter chat, #CIMChat, to discuss immunotherapy, and their resounding answer would be, "yes!"

Health care Twitter chats have the potential to reach millions of individuals on a wide variety of topics ranging from general health and wellness to cutting-edge research and treatment options for rare diseases.

On June 18, 2014, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Cancer Research Institute participated in a Twitter chat titled, "The Promise of Immunotherapy." Alice Park, senior health editor at Time Magazine, served as the moderator of the chat, which covered questions on how immunotherapy works and the current research being conducted by physician-scientists. Gathered in virtual attendance were researchers from some of the nation’s top medical facilities, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson and Yale University.

With the growing popularity of Twitter chats, Google hangouts and other social media platforms that encourage real-time discussion, health care experts can now keep a general and vast audience informed on research findings, new technologies and the latest advancements in medicine. The intersection of the future of health care and social media is bringing tomorrow to the patient, today!

Watch this video to learn more about #CIMChat.

Tags: #CIMchat, #futureofhealthcare, #FutureofHealthCare, Alice Park, Cancer Center, Future of Health Care, immunotherapy, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Patient Care, Social Media, social media, Twitter, Twitter chat

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