SPOTLIGHT: Twitter for sharing clinical data

Maybe Twitter is maturing after all. An article in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health proposes 10 specific ways the microblogging service could be used to collect and disseminate health information, including: biomedical device data capture and reporting; diabetes management; drug safety alerts from the FDA; post-discharge consultations and follow-up and shift-bidding for health workers. The author also notes that services connecting patients with clinical trials, such as TrialX, make use of Twitter to communicate with prospective participants. We at FierceMobileHealthcare wonder about the HIPAA ramifications when you get into patient-specific information. FierceHealthIT