New research published in the journal Physical Review X have found that social physician networks may be more influential than traditional medical journals.
Data from a new survey showed that doctors who are connected to influential colleagues and pass information via social networks are more likely to adopt new treatments and procedures.
As more communications become electronic, like electronic health records and online patient portals, social physician networks are following suit. InformationWeek explained that healthcare professionals are joiningspecialized online communities to seek information and advice on new procedures, devices and reforms.
A survey from AMN Healthcare found that in 2011, 48 percent of physicians used online sites for professional networking, a 10 percent increase since 2010.
Experts believe that these sites can be beneficial, as physicians are able to exchange information and opinions with peers around the globe.