Instagram and WhatsApp in health and healthcare: an overview

Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Dean M Giustini, Steve Wheeler

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Instagram and WhatsApp are two social media and networking services introduced in 2010. They are currently subsidiaries of Facebook, Inc., California, USA. Using evidence from the published literature and case reports indexed in PubMed and other sources, we present an overview of the various applications of Instagram and WhatsApp in health and healthcare. We also briefly describe the main issues surrounding the uses of these two apps in health and medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalFuture Internet
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


  • Social media
  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp
  • mHealth
  • Teleconsultation
  • Health
  • Healthcare
  • Medicine


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