As Hospital Songs celebrates its first birthday, I want to say that I have been extremely privileged to be a part of the amazing health care social media community (for more info, search #hcsm on Twitter) and to have received support from so many of you! Thanks, everyone!
Here’s a taste of where hS has been featured/mentioned in and around the blogosphere in the last year:
KevinMD blog (Dr. Kevin Pho)
Post: Twitter and Facebook can help conduct group patient visits
In an interesting post by Elizabeth Han, who blogs at the excellent Hospital Songs, she gives an example of how Twitter (via the client Twitterfall) can be incorporated in the group visit…
GE Healthymaginations Blog (General Electric)
Post: Breaking Down the Digital Wall
Elizabeth Han, a Canadian biomedical engineer and creator of Hospital Songs, looks at it from the doctor’s perspective. In a recent post, she makes sure to praise the web for its community and emotional support. But she warns against patients who might rely so heavily on search engines for advice that they’re less likely to ask pertinent questions of their actual doctor. The possible effect, she notes, would limit patient empowerment.
ScienceRoll Blog (Dr. Bertalan Mesko)
Post: Web 2.0 in Action in Hospitals
And Kevin, MD pointed out the idea of Elizabeth Han:
We might get lots of great discussion, but wouldn’t it be nice if a portion of the visit could focus on addressing “trending topics”? So, once again:
1. Take 10 minutes at the midpoint of the visit and have everyone tweet their feelings, keywords, anything.
2. Visualize in real-time with Twitterfall.
3. Discuss, discuss, discuss!
33charts Blog (Dr. Bryan Vartabedian):
Post: Social Privacy Campaign at Toronto University Health System
I loved Hospital Song’s original post describing efforts by the Toronto University Health System to thwart social media privacy violations. What I love more is seeing the posters! In a healthcare world where social strategy centers around burying one’s head in the sand it’s refreshing to see such a progressive, reality-based campaign.
Post: Why Your Hospital Needs to Tell Good Stories
Are you using your hospital’s blog to tell stories? It can be a powerful tool. This blog post is a good refresher that shows how a story can hook in your viewers. “We must not forget that the central unit, the ideal granularity of our work is always the patient,” Hospital Songs says. “The patient, who has the need. Who lives the story.”
MedPage Today Blog (Dr. Kevin Pho)
Post: More on Twitter and group medical visits
But can group visits be facilitated by using social media tools, like Facebook and Twitter? Maybe. Elizabeth Han, a Canadian health 2.0 blogger, discusses the use of Twitter in such a setting. "Patients are recognizing the need to supplement the doctor-patient relationship," she writes. "Patients want to talk to each other. Especially if they’re going to be in the tough spot for the long haul."
Community Health Blog (Intersystems Brazil)
Post: Twitter and Facebook: what they have to do with your health?
Elizabeth Han, biomedical engineer at the University of Toronto, the United States, goesfurther. In her blog, she suggests that people with the same medical conditions "Tweet" on a topic using a tag – keyword written using the symbol " # "followed by certain letters.
Post: How Your Address Affects Your Health
Here’s an interesting TED talk by Bill Davenhall who says, “geography is destiny.” What does that have to do with healthcare? Davenhall says the “environment” has been ignored for too long by physicians. In fact, he blames his own heart attack on living in cities with poor air quality—and wonders if health providers knew more about this, could they have helped him take preventative measures?
Clinical Cases and Images: CasesBlog (Dr. Ves Dimov)
Post: Google Wave Overview (7-minute video) – Possible Application to Health Care?
Reliefinsite (now acquired by PatientsLikeMe) press page:
Post: Hospital Music: Let’s Talk About Pain.