Hospital Twitter Chat List


Kelley O’Brien (@kelleyob) from North Carolina posed the following question via a tweet this afternoon:

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A. I’m not aware of anything like a comprehensive list of hospital Twitter chats. Ed Bennett’s Hospital Social Networking List is a great resource to tell us which hospitals have social media presence, and he even has some great hospital Twitter lists by state, but the list doesn’t include specific projects (such as surgical cases being “tweeted” that have been undertaken by hospitals or healthcare organizations.

But the great thing about social media is that you can build a list pretty quickly by crowdsourcing…via Twitter.

Or at least I think we can. Let’s see!

I’m listing below some of the Twitter chats/events I’ve been involved with through Mayo Clinic, along with some others I’m aware of that others have done.

It’s not even close to exhaustive. But that’s where you come in. If you know of hospitals that have done Twitter events, whether it was related to a surgical procedure, or a communications crisis, or promoting research findings, or whatever other ways you’ve used Twitter (or seen it used) in a hospital setting, please tell about it in the comments below.

Please include the name of the hospital, its Twitter handle, a relevant link to a post, news release or news story describing the effort, and any description you would like to add. Also please indicate which category (listed in bold below) is appropriate. And if you think I’m missing a category that should be added, please tell me that, too.

You also can share your examples via Twitter, using the #HospitalTweets tag. But by adding them in the comments below, they’ll be more permanent (since Twitter doesn’t archive tweets)…and of course, you’re not limited to 140 characters.

I will update this post based on your contributions to create a more comprehensive list.

Let’s see how quickly we can come up with a really good list!

Surgical Case Tweeting

Research Communications

Crisis Communications

Presentations and Training:

  • At @MayoClinic, we have held three Tweetcamps to provide training for staff. Here’s a post that describes Tweetcamp III.
  • When I do presentations, I regularly include a Twitter back-channel, such as this training seminar on social media I did yesterday with local advocacy chapters of American Heart Association. This is a good way for participants to get hands-on experience with Twitter.

Mainstream Media Collaboration

What other examples can you add?

SMUGgle Interview: Aaron Hughling

I had a chance to meet Tuesday with Aaron Hughling (@aaronhughling), all-around Web guy for Scott & White Healthcare, and his colleague Rhona Williams London, who is the head of PR for Scott & White. After about a year of investigation and preparation, their system (based in Temple, TX) is getting ready to launch into Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and a couple of blogs.

Aaron and I have been interacting through Twitter and email for several months, and I met Rhona at a conference in Phoenix in June. It was great that they were in Minnesota so we could sit down for a chat among SMUGgles.

Aaron also said he’s excited to be attending, along with one or two others from Scott & White, the social media summit for healthcare Mayo Clinic is hosting with Ragan Communications in October in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’m looking forward to it, too; if you attend I believe you’ll come away both inspired to bring social media to your organization and encouraged by the examples you’ll see and hear. There’s still time to register, so I hope you’ll join us.

After our conversation, I asked Aaron if he would be willing to share some of the things he’s learned through his social media journey. Here’s what he had to say. It’s some good advice:

What lessons from your journey into social media do you think would be most helpful to others looking to get started? If you had one thing you could go back and do differently, what would it be? Or if you haven’t taken the plunge, what questions do you have?