An example of how social media is changing the healthcare dynamic – but not everyone is sure how to handle this new frontier.
Emergency physicians can be an ornery bunch, often opinionated and not afraid to speak out on a wide variety of issues. As emergency room (ER) overcrowding in Canada is seen as an early-warning signal for more wide-ranging problems within the health care system, having ER doctors who are willing to be vocal about their concerns is not necessarily a bad thing. (It’s worth noting that arguably the most high-profile media physician in Canada – Dr. Brian Goldman @NightShiftMD, host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s White Coat Black Art is an ER doc).
Combining an ER physician with Twitter, as you can imagine, can be a potent mixture.
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