Social media integral in care coordination in Boston Marathon bombing aftermath

Social media is playing an integral role in helping to coordinate blood donation efforts in Boston following the explosion of two bombs near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

According to the Associated Press, the explosions have killed two people and injured 22 others. Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed they are treating 19 victims from the explosion.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Association used Twitter to tell people trying to reach friends or family in Boston to try texting instead, as it uses less bandwidth. (see feed below)

Tufts Medical Center used Twitter to update its patient count from the incident, and to inform potential patients that anyone needing care at the facility should enter through the emergency entrance. (see feed below)

The Boston Police Department, meanwhile, used Twitter to inform followers that they are working on stabilizing the situation. (see feed below)

FierceHealthIT will have more coverage as the events unfold.

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