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Social media for preventing chronic disease


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This 28-page report looks at how social media technologies can be harnessed to help people manage their risk factors for chronic conditions. Because of the well-publicized obesity epidemic in the United States (and around the industrialized world) the use of social media has the potential to save the healthcare system huge amounts.

This report is broken down into these major sections:

The report also touches on mobile and how these technologies are improving the access to social content:

“Social media is changing the paradigm of health communication and smartphones are only making it easier to put information directly in the hands of underserved populations that otherwise may not have internet access in rural or low-income areas.” – Alice Patty, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)

There are a number of examples highlighted in the report:

Source: eHealth Initiative

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