Clinical Heart and Vascular Center
UTSW Has ‘Influential’ Social Media Presence at 2018 AHA Sessions
By Jainy Savla, M.D.
Social media platforms have become the easiest way to keep in touch with colleagues, friends, and family. These tools allow us to share ideas, update each other on major life events, and network within our social circles. The use of social media has expanded to generate debate and distribute information in a variety of fields, including academia and medicine.
Recently, platforms like Twitter have gained traction as venues to follow updates from large national conferences. A recently published study by Tanoue et al. in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (2018;11:e005018) showed that the number of Twitter users at the American College of Cardiology conference rose by 193 percent from 2014 to 2016. Similarly, there was an increase in the total number of tweets generated during the conference, with the majority of those containing scientific content. The number of countries represented by Twitter users at the conference rose by 42 percent. The study highlighted the expanding role of social media as a global tool for education in the field of cardiology.
Through online engagement, UT Southwestern is a major part of global conversations on cardiovascular care, disseminating information on groundbreaking research and the latest recommendations on evidence-based patient care decisions.
At the most recent AHA Scientific Sessions Conference in Chicago (#AHA18), UT Southwestern played an instrumental role in these online conversations and was one of the top 10 influencers of the meeting as assessed by number of tweets. Through online engagement, UT Southwestern is a major part of global conversations on cardiovascular care, disseminating information on groundbreaking research and the latest recommendations on evidence-based patient care decisions. We hope that you will follow us on Twitter (@UTSWNews) and join us in improving care for our patients.