The Social Media DNA of Mayo Clinic—and Health Care

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Hippocrates’ admonition and the medical community's aversion to risk have caused many physicians and institutions to resist participation in modern social media sites such as Facebook (Facebook, Inc, Menlo Park, California, USA), Twitter (Twitter Inc, San Francisco, California, USA), and YouTube (San Mateo, California, USA). However, because Mayo Clinic's founders were champions of analog social networking, it was among the earliest hospitals worldwide to create official accounts on these digital platforms. A proper understanding of the traditional mechanisms of knowledge diffusion in medicine and of the nature of social media sites should help professionals see and embrace the opportunities for positive engagement in social media.




Kotsenas, A. L., Aase, L., Arce, M., Timimi, F. K., Dacy, M., Young, C., & Wald, J. T. (2018). The Social Media DNA of Mayo Clinic—and Health Care. Journal of the American College of Radiology, 15(1), 162–166.

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