I attended ePatient10 this week in Philadelphia and got the chance to meet some wonderful people interested in improving patient-provider relations, healthcare communication and the adoption and employment of emerging technologies in healthcare.
One of the questions I raised had to do with getting physicians involved in the growing discussions about these plays for importance. It’s my view that physician involvement can be a sort of limiting agent, and that rather than “taking on” physicians, they aught to be approached from where they are coming from so that they can better understand why it’s important to listen.
The video of my summary of the question is over here: pixelsandpills:
You can catch up with the conference tweets here: #ePatCon.
Over a year ago, I started RNchat, a Twitter chat for registered nurses. At that time, I considered launching a similar venture for physicians, but decided that eventually some physician would take a stab at creating one.
It’s been a year, and after seeing the success of RNchat and the need for the perspective of physicians, I realized I should re-visit the idea of a Twitter chat for physicians. After teasing it several weeks ago from @HealthIsSocial, it was clear that there was a lot of interest.
So earlier today I announced the launch of MDchat. The hashtag will be #MDchat and the Twitter account that will administrate it is @MD_chat (mind the underscore).
The full post with the details and the rationales for launching this novel little platform for physicians is right here.
This kind of venue may not be for every physician. That’s OK. But my feeling is that there is a growing realization that the emerging technologies of our century beg to be discerned by all fields – and medicine is certainly no exception.
Feel free to join in! You can Follow @MD_chat right here.
Mayo Clinic recently announced its Center for Social Media and I”m happy to be on their external advisory board.
Although there are other similar ‘centers’ or clubs, I believe Mayo Clinic’s may actually be the first major brand – not just healthcare brand – to do something like this. It’s an important step to take and I certainly look forward to seeing it evolve.
Mayo Clinic is still in the process of selecting more members for the board via crowdsourcing. Go ahead and nominate someone you think can make a difference.
I’m hoping to see the composition of the entire board.
This is first step in a long journey as our world continues to adopt evolving technologies. We need all perspectives looking at this, and having Mayo Clinic invest in such an undertaking speaks to the mainstream arrival of emerging media.