social media, health care, technology

How consumers use social media for health care education

Jul 14 2015

Though still in its early stages in health care, social media is increasingly becoming a source for consumers to research and better understand health issues relevant to them, according to a recent survey by iTriage, an Aetna subsidiary. It’s a trend that has the potential to increase health literacy, which can go a long way toward improving health care outcomes while lowering health care costs — both important goals for the industry as a whole.

See below for an infographic that breaks down how consumers are using social media to educate themselves on health issues. And click here for a perspective on how health IT can empower people to make better health care decisions.