'Convenience' and 'immediate feedback' key benefits of Web collaboration Zoomerang survey measures effectiveness of physician-focused online social
DURANGO, Colo., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Syndicom, an innovative platform for online collaboration and knowledge sharing, today announced results highlights from a new survey of physicians on the effectiveness of Web-based collaboration for making surgical decisions. The study revealed that Web-based peer-to-peer collaboration has many advantages for participating surgeons, including convenience and immediate feedback from other surgeons.
The survey of Syndicom SpineConnect members was conducted by Zoomerang, on behalf of three leading spine surgeons -- Dr. Paul J. Slosar, Dr. Jim A. Youssef, and Dr. Darrel S. Brodke. Results of the study have been accepted for presentation at the following conferences in 2008: SpineWeek in Geneva, Switzerland in May; the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) in Quebec, Canada in June; and the North American Spine Society (NASS) in Toronto, Canada in September.
"The majority of physicians said that the opportunity to collaborate with their peers has improved their ability to practice spine surgery, and they were much more likely to adopt new techniques," said Scott Capdevielle, CEO of Syndicom. "These findings demonstrate an Internet-based collaboration platform can play a vital and emerging role in surgeon training and education."
According to the study, there were two primary ways surgeons used the SpineConnect Web platform -- actively and passively. Surgeons who were actively engaged in interaction with others on the site were identified as "Active-Interactive" surgeons; while those who visited the site, but did not interact with others, were classified as "Passive-Observer" surgeons.
Ninety percent of the Active-Interactive surgeons, and 68 percent of
the Passive-Observer users, reported that the We
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