More goodness from the MDigitalLife study courtesy of Greg Matthews (@chimoose). I asked him (very nicely) if he would take a look at the database he’s got of 3,200 verified physicians’ 2.1 million tweets for frequencies of environmental / sustainability topics, and here’s what he found.
For comparison, the same study found around 11,000+ tweets about diabetes. The hashtag I personally use to talk about this topic, #greenHC is well represented in my tweets – and I’m the only person who uses it :).
So the answer is, “not very much,” yet. This analysis was done in prep for the discussion I’m helping lead at the AAMC Joint Meeting of the… (see this blog post : Crowdsource request: Help our dialogue with leaders in academic medicine regarding social media | Ted Eytan, MD ).
Why? Because I want to show that health professionals come to social media with a mission to educate and improve health.
This is an outlet for them/us where we can advance ideas that may be far ahead of their time, kind of like a testing ground to see where the rest of our profession is.
Seeing an IV bag that’s PVC-Free and DEHP-Free for the first time may not excite you like it excites me. But it will. Someday, when you understand how they help save lives.
So, the data confirms I’m ahead of my time. It’s okay, @futuredocs , @Doctor_V and I are coming to the #AAMCJtMtg from the future, to share how we use this medium to participate and thrive. Don’t forget to tweet us!
Greg manually reviewed some of the terms because they are overly inclusive, for a more accurate result in this dataset. That’s dedication to helping our profession and our patients. Thank you!
To read more about the MDigitalLife study, click this link.