The variety of social media
platforms make it easier for healthcare specialists and patients to exchange
vital information. As mobile and technology advances, social media becomes
available to more individuals. According to Richins and Brown (2015) “Growth in
social media has increased due to usage patterns in all age groups including
the elderly.”.  Specific social media
platforms have been set up to connect patients with doctors and other patients
to share and receive the vital information individuals may need. An example of
these specific social media platform is the Cleveland Clinic Facebook Page, a Facebook
page set up to share information with patients and be an outlet for patients to
connect with their doctors and other patients who may be experiencing similar symptoms
or illness’. Househ, Borycki, E and Kushniruk conducted a study in 2014 to
determine the growth of social media use for healthcare and indicated a
promising future for the effectiveness of patients using social media.