As part of its ongoing effort to improve its digital infrastructure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced that it is developing a new program that will enable Medicare beneficiaries to manage their social media accounts using the same Twitter tools that were previously available to health care professionals.
The new tool, which will be available for purchase from CMS’ new Web portal, will enable patients and their family members to manage social media at the same time as the health care professional.
“We’re going to help people understand the importance of using Twitter to manage health care services,” said Dr. Jeffrey Smith, the program manager for the Center for Social Media and Health in the CMS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Technology.
“Social media is critical for our health care workforce, for patients and our health plans,” Smith added.
Social media management is a key part of the CMS Digital Transformation plan, which is intended to improve access to healthcare, and to make CMS’ digital tools more effective.
CMS is also developing a comprehensive platform for the social media industry, which has a long history of success and is expected to be used by healthcare providers, doctors, nurses and others.CMS is also making it easier for people to sign up for social media monitoring through its new “Social Media Management Clinic.”
The new clinic, which runs from September to January, will offer a comprehensive, one-stop shop for all aspects of social media and digital health, including how to use social media to manage medical care and social media for patients.
The CMS program will be free to Medicare beneficiaries who sign up through the CMS website and who have been using Twitter since the end of March, and will be made available through the online portal.
CMS plans to make the program available for the general public later this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also announced plans to roll out an online social media platform to help Medicare beneficiaries manage their accounts and access medical services.
The agency is partnering with social media company Instapundit, which helps Medicare patients manage their online social and health care accounts.
In the meantime, the CDC is developing tools to help health care workers who are experiencing social media challenges and are not able to access the internet through the same tools they use to manage the medical team.
“We’ve seen the impact of social-media technology,” said CMS Director Tom Frieden, “and it’s not just the impact on the patients who need our help, it’s the impact across the health system.
Social media has become a critical tool to help the health team better communicate with their patients and improve care.
It’s really about how we use it to make our healthcare system more efficient and effective.”
According to a CMS statement, social media can help prevent a patient from making inappropriate comments or engaging in other inappropriate behaviors.
While CMS is still developing the new tools, the agency has already developed a checklist for health care providers to use when dealing with the social-networking issue.
The checklist includes things like using the correct pronouns, not using offensive language or hashtags, and asking questions to ensure the social networking community is being treated fairly.CPS has also partnered with Instapoundit to create a web-based tool that will allow health care practitioners to better understand the ways in which their social networking is used by their patients.
The tool will allow users to quickly and easily manage the health information of their patients, and help them better understand how they use the social network.
While it is not yet clear how many Medicare beneficiaries will be able to purchase the new tool through the new portal, the CMS announcement comes as the agency continues to make progress toward building a digital infrastructure that can help ensure that patients and health plans can access the social networks they use.
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