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- Michael Tanoue,
- Heajung Nguyen,
- Troy Sekimura,
- Dhananjay Chatterjee,
- William Suh and
- Janet Han
Not without controversy, social media use has gained traction in medical and surgical conferences due to its ability to disseminate information in real time. However, there is a paucity of research quantifying this trend in cardiology conferences.
The Symplur Signals database was used to analyze Twitter activity from the American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, and Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific sessions from 2014 to 2016 for the number of users, tweets and impressions for each meeting. Users were categorized into prespecified groups as well as their continent of origin.
Over 3 years, the number of Twitter users increased in all 3 conferences, amounting to a total increase of 223% (3,212 vs. 10,362). This corresponded to a 3.2-fold increase in total tweet volume, driven primarily by physicians, who comprised 48.3% of the 56,888 tweets. While the number of live attendees remained relatively static, virtual impressions via Twitter grew from 105 million to nearly 250 million (133%). The number of countries represented also rose by an average of 44 per conference.
Our data shows an explosive growth of Twitter use by physicians during major cardiovascular scientific meetings. Further studies are required, but the widespread, international use of Twitter should translate into tremendous potential for facilitating real-time scientific discussion, rapid dissemination of information, and engagement of a global audience.
Poster Hall, Hall A/B
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Session Title: Professional Balance in Cardiology Training and Beyond
Abstract Category: 42. Spotlight on Special Topics: Education and Training
Presentation Number: 1109-212
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation