Numerous ideas are emerging for communications within the healthcare community, inside and outside the walls of organizations.
The Healthcare Hashtag Project‘s goal is “to make the use of Twitter more accessible for providers and the healthcare community as a whole. By lowering the learning curve of Twitter with a database of relevant hashtags to follow, we hope to help new and existing users alike to find the conversations that are of interest and importance.”
An organized database of hashtags that are healthcare related is provided by Symplur, along with articles from experts who provide advice regarding how the healthcare community can provide, and utilize, information in moving towards specific goals and objectives. Information is also available regarding conferences, as well as who to follow within a specific specialty or medical condition.
Building on the healthcare hashtags, there are numerous healthcare communities in multiple countries (#hcsmX) that gather for organized tweet chats on a scheduled basis.
You may find a complete calendar of scheduled tweet-chats within Symplur, along with a list of chat topics, chat hashtags and transcripts for twitter communities sharing for healthcare innovation.
The following tweet chats are held within the US:
hcsm, the original tweet chat forum, began in 2009. Their focus is healthcare communications & social media. Their website complements their chats. You may go there to easily learn about new meetings, topics, and what has been discussed in prior chats.
hcsmSV began in 2010. Their purpose is to bring people to one forum to offer health innovation through diverse perspectives. hcsmSV holds a dedicated section on BeMoRe, offering an outline that defines their purpose and direction. Their “community has not launched a Tweet Chat, but instead has attended events, participated in online conversations and hosted local meetings to generate in-person discussions about the many opportunities for change and innovation in healthcare and health communications”.
Andrew Spong, PhD, a Senior Strategist at Symplur and owner of STweM, boutique healthcare social media consultancy, notes that hcsmX is already a movement that is “about more than conversation and community”.
Dr. Spong and Carlos Rizo, MD, a founder of My Healthcare Innovation (MHI), view that hcsmX is ready to be taken to the next level in order to effectively drive change. They are beginning discussions around how their initiatives may fit into next steps.