This week's Friday Five: Healthcare Social Media. Before embarking on my crazy health journey, I was more than a little bit anti-social media. True fact: my twitter account is less than a year old.
It turns out that yes, social media is a strange world, and I am definitely not the personality type to want to live full-time in the marketing - communications world.. But.
But, then I stumbled on my first Twitter Chat, which just happened to be #patientchat, with some wonderful folks who also saw how broken the medical system was, and wanted to identify the problems, and empower patients and doctors to find better solutions.
Through Twitter, I found 'mah people'. And it has been a huge help to know that the obstacles I've run into were not just because I was clueless, but because the system really is a crazy mess.
There are many more Twitter Chats out there, these are just the top ones that I've enjoyed lurking or participating in.
Five Healthcare Tweetchats great for sharing information and making connections:
#patientchat - Promoting ePatients and Patient Advocacy
Every Other Friday at 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Hosted by @patientchat and @Intakeme
#hcsm - Healthcare Social Media
Sundays at 9:00 PM (Eastern)
Hosted by @HealthSocMed
#hcsmca - Healthcare Social Media Canada
(has a lot of crossover with US participants)
Wednesdays 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Hosted by @hcsmca
#HITsm - Heath IT and the role of Social Media
Fridays at 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Hosted by @HealthStandards
#HCLDR - Health Care Leader
Tuesdays at 8:30 PM (Eastern)
Hosted by @hcldr
Bonus: Two I haven't been able to check out yet, but want to:
Are there any I missed? What are your favorite non-healthcare Twitter chats? What's your take on social media -- great innovation to stay connected, or necessary evil?
List and Schedule of Healthcare Twitter Chats
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