A database that merges social media with electronic health record data has the potential to provide insights about patients’ health and health outcomes, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Adult Facebook and Twitter users who sought care at Penn’s emergency department were queried about their willingness to share their social media data and EHR data so that researchers could build a database for the study. More than 1,000 patients consented to share their social media data to compare it with their EHR.

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