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There is no doubt that emailing has revolutionised communication in
the past 10-15 years and the number of messages received daily (both
during working and non-working hours) will be seen as a nightmare by most
We need to urgently adopt a pragmatic change in the way we deal with
the vast amount emails we get inundated with.
With the rise of smart phones, work emails can often be checked o...
With the rise of smart phones, work emails can often be checked on
the move (on the train, in the street, on the corridor) and non-important
or irrelevant emails can be dealt with immediately.
Social media undoubtedly will have a key role in knowledge
dissemination in the next few years. Links, meetings can be posted easily
on a closed Twitter account and accessed by those who have an interest in
it rather than bombarding everyone with emails that are often outside of
our area of practice or interest.
Skype phone conferences often can replace the often difficult to
arrange face-to-face meetings.
The above obviously beg the questions of confidentiality and data
protection but this is another debate...
There is almost a natural resistance from medical professionals to
embrace modern technologies but the internet (and emails) is here to stay!
We need to deal with it before the apocalyptic vision set in the
Terminator films (where the machines dominate the humans) becomes a
Janos P Baombe is a Consultant in EM with a special interest in social media and education