In Case of Emergency, Check Twitter

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.
By Neil Versel InformationWeek
July 29, 2011
Twitter, Facebook, and online communities can help healthcare organizations, emergency personnel, and government agencies better prepare for and respond to emergencies, so it’s a good idea to integrate these technologies into planning, according to three public-health professionals.
“Clearly, social media are changing the way people communicate not only in their day-to-day lives, but also during disasters that threaten public health. Engaging with and using emerging social media may well place the emergency-management community, including medical and public health professionals, in a better position to respond to disasters,” Dr. Raina M. Merchant, Stacy Elmer and Dr. Nicole Lurie of the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response wrote in a New England Journal of Medicine commentary published this week.

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