State of internet and social media usage among physicians

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State of Internet usage among physicians globally

The emerging social media is undeniably capturing the attention of physicians. If we are to believe the recent Manhattan Research survey, some 81-89% of physicians in US, Europe and Asia access the internet to  gather medical and pharmaceutical information. A S and R survey recent survey on Sermo TM, an online community of physicians, approximately 77.5% of physicians use social media professionally, especially to communicate with colleagues. In Asia, physicians from South Korea is second only to US physicians in terms of internet usage professionally beating their European counterparts by as much as 7%!

What about physicians in the Philippines? Are they taking advantage of social media as a tool for their professional practice?

In my succeeding posts under the category “social media”, I will be attempting to report on the current usage of social media among physicians in the Philippines. But before that, let me post this JESS3 / The State of The Internet video from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo, which sums up beautifully the current global internet and social media use .

JESS3™ / The State of The Internet from JESS3 on Vimeo.

Overwhelming? Indeed it is. But what’s more interesting is the social media usage of physicians in the Philippines. Since some physicians maintain “profiles” on many online social networking sites, it would be interesting to know if they use social media in their practice. If you are a physician or a para medical personnel, do you use social media in your practice? Leave a comment here and we’ll know in my succeeding posts!

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is previously Chief of Clinics at St. Louis Hospital in Tacurong City and a consultant in Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (


  1. I'm into the social networking thing, but then I think I have to keep my personal life separate from my work. It doesn't seem very fitting for me to keep a network and have my patients on it, due to the delicate nature of my specialty.

    My current thoughts…maybe it'll change when I'm in practice already. 🙂

  2. I agree Sonia. It's best we have to separate whats professional work with our personal online persona.. But there are venues we can enhance our practice using social media…of course it should have boundaries…see my next post.

  3. I am using social media to educate others on public health issues and to provide information to fellow doctors on medical teaching or health professions education. Social media is a powerful tool for education which is another role of doctors and for disseminating info on conventions, breakthroughs etc. However what I noticed is most doctors seem to only use social media for personal reasons like as a way to keep in touch with friends.

  4. @cebumd. Many docs still are wary of the powers of social media. It's a doble edge sword actually, beneficial and sometimes harmful too. But I guess its all about taking the steps to learn and understand social media as a tool.

    ps. thnks for dropping by and reading my blog

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