The recent earthquake and nuclear disaster that followed in Japan had been quite a blow to the country (and the world, of course), with plenty of logistics and emergency evacuations being performed. How else are people supposed to keep in touch in real time apart from cell phones? Twitter has proved to be “an excellent system” according to doctors when it comes to communicating with chronically-ill patients.
Japanese doctors claim in The Lancet that social networking sites have been vital when it comes to notifying patients on just where to get their medication – which could end up as a life or death affair. Never mind that telephone networks were disrupted after the earthquake, Internet access was still reliable, hence the use of Twitter and such similar services.
Still, this does not detract from the fact that Japan needs to beef up their primary care system, and making sure all patients have a Twitter account is not the solution. Such news makes me want to sign up for a Twitter account and make sure that I have a phone which can access the Internet just in case the world around me collapses…
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