Pharmas considering doctors with large Twitter followings as speakers’ bureau candidates may have noticed that it’s not easy to parse a doc’s online identity in Twitter’s 140-character world. A new database aims to broaden the scope of insight that can be gleaned about doctors who tweet.

The creator of MDigitalLife—a repository of 1,397 US doctors who use the social-media platform—says it’s the first database to link physicians’ social properties to an official data source, the National Provider Identifier—the 10-digit ID number issued to healthcare providers by CMS.

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