Using the Internet for Healthcare – Good or Bad Idea?

You wake up in the mid of the night with a tickle in the throat – maybe it will be gone in the morning and go back to sleep. In the morning it is still there, so you drink a lot of water and shake it off, but after a few hours, it is still there. Rather than calling your mom or taking to your doctor, you go to the internet. Today, almost anyone with a computer and a connection can go online and find a variety of reasons from simple sore throat to more serious, such as asthma and bronchitis.

Source of healthcare?

But because we can do it doesn’t mean we should. This is a world where everyone can go online and quickly find and get medical support; is it really a good idea to contemplate social media and the internet as a reliable source of healthcare?

Doctors and hospitals are on the bandwagon

Currently, more and more medical professional orother members of the medical profession are accepting social media for medical information and offeringcare for patients. A Price water house Cooper survey that asked a thousand patients and a hundred healthcare directors what they thought of the way healthcare companies using social media and the internet, and the results show the most reliable resources online or information posted by:

  • Doctors (60 percent)
  • Nurses (56 percent)
  • Hospitals (55 percent)

Social Media

Social media is being more and more used by hospitals and medical professionals to carry general health information, sometimes even help that is personalized. The hospital receives private messages asking about medical problems, but they never answer them publicly on the hospital Facebook, usually telling patients to get their questions on the hospital’s form for general contact or call them on the phone.


Of course, there is a problem to doctors becoming much too availablefor patients online. And the internet is the very opposite of “private” – subjects that are sensitive such as mental and physical issues can so effortlessly be uncovered by the person having problems or the doctor who is treating them by a comment or a tweet. Social media relationships between doctors and patients can also be so easily scrambled; many healthcare societies and institutions advise staff against “be friending” patients on Facebook and other platforms for social media at the risk of treatments as well as reputations.

Internet is doing something right

But the place that is best for furthering the students of healthcare and their education about medicine is social media. An example of this is MedScoop that is found at