Social Media to Drive Disaster Preparedness
Fierce Healthcare

Although most hospitals have response plans for natural disasters, chemical releases, epidemics, and biological events, many are not as prepared for other types of disasters, such as explosive or incendiary events, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Social media, already embedded in society, may be the solution to better preparing hospitals before, during, and after emergencies, according to a perspective article published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

With more than 40 million Americans using social media websites multiple times a day, tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and other crowd-sourcing technologies could help hospitals prepare and respond to disastrous events, according to study authors.

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