Social media is becoming one of the most prevalent mediums for networking, marketing and keeping up-to-date in today’s healthcare industry with 31% of healthcare professionals using social media for the purpose of professional networking.
Word of mouth ranks as one of the best and most cost-effective ways for a practice to attract new patients. Social media provides a platform to establish a brand identity for a practice that current and potential future patients can begin to notice, recognise, and trust. A strong social media presence is beneficial when trying to attract new patients by building a reputation through word of mouth.
With an ever-increasing number of healthcare professionals making use of social media, it is important to take note of the other benefits that social media provides.
Growing a Professional Network as a Healthcare Practitioner in Private Practice
Many healthcare professionals are starting to use social media as a tool to share information, debate healthcare policies and practice issues, engage with the general public to educate them and to develop a professional network.
Growing a professional network through social media is not only beneficial from a business perspective, but also enables interaction amongst colleagues on an open forum which can improve health outcomes, increase awareness of news and discoveries, consult colleagues regarding patient issues and seek out colleagues to enhance patient care via a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
This helps emphasize the many applications and benefits of social media, one of which being professional development for healthcare workers on networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Valuable Source of Information for Healthcare Practitioners in Private Practice
The majority of practitioners are passive participants since they aren’t creating or commenting on content, preferring to read and observe the conversations of others in their network, obtaining valuable information through the observation of how others in their field of interest are working, which may benefit them in the running of their private practice.
This is especially applicable with regards to practitioners new to private practice, gleaning valuable advice on practice management in their area from both more experienced practitioners and companies specializing in practice management. It also opens an avenue where they are also able to learn from other practitioners – in terms of client referrals and insight into alternate techniques in patient care.
The Benefits of Using Social Media as a Healthcare Practitioner in Private Practice
There are also benefits for more experienced practitioners on social media, keeping up to date with newer methods in patient care, and as before, networking with other professionals in their area for more wholistic patient treatment when the need arises.
More than 40% of potential patients say that information they find on social media has an impact on the way they deal with their health, so healthcare practitioners need to ensure that any information that is being shared on their behalf is accurate and informative. Other’s opinions on healthcare on social media are often trusted, but can be misleading, it is important that healthcare practitioners provide credible content.
Should a practitioner outsource the management of their social media to a third party, it is crucial that social media guidelines are stipulated in writing. This ensures that staff operate from a guideline and it implements a systematic strategy from which your social media is run across all platforms, and outlines the outcomes you wish to achieve.
Social media is an invaluable tool to healthcare practitioners, and when managed well, is an excellent contributor to the growth of a practice.
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