Social Media Health Network

Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care

Welcome to the Social Media Health Network

As social media evolves our social media philosophy holds constant: 

We believe individuals have the right and responsibility to advocate for their own health, and it's our responsibility to help them use social media tools to get the best information, and connect with providers as well as one another.

Help bring the social media revolution to health care, click here
Learn more about Social Media Residency, click here.
Engage with other Network members, click here.
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Only weeks away!

Register Now!
Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic 
October 20-23, 2014

Learn new skills, exchange ideas, meet new colleagues, and connect with ones you've known for years.

Monday: Social Media Residency, our one-day intensive, where you'll learn the strategic use of social media in health care.
Tuesday: Three two-hour Pre-Conference workshops produced by Ragan Communications.

Wednesday through Thursday noon: 6th Annual #MayoRagan Social Media Summit and reception.
Thursday: Annual SMHN Member Meeting and dinner.

Learn more and register with this link 
for special bundles and rates.

Click here for information about discounted hotel accommodations.

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Your Must-Have Health Care Social Media Resource

The Health Care Social Media List includes health-related organizations actively using social networking sites.
Add yours today!

From Our Social Media Residency Curriculum

In this video from our curriculum, MCCSM Medical Director, Dr. Farris Timimi discusses "Health Care Social Media and Professionalism." 

To view videos as a Guest, click here.
To learn about becoming a Network Member, click here.  

Plan ahead for 2015!
Social Media

  • Feb. 9: Rochester
  • Mar. 9: Phoenix
  • May 4: Jacksonville
  • June 15: Rochester

Registration details
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On Our Blog...

October 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Announcement: Welcoming Another 2014 Patient-Caregiver Scholarship Recipient

By Meredith Gould, PhD

Late last week,  2014 Patient-Caregiver Scholarship recipient Alanna Wong contacted us with regrets about not being able to undertake the significant travel required to get from Hawaii to Minnesota — 11 hours and 3 transfers! With regret we accepted this reality, offered our very best wishes to Ms. Wong, and contacted the first runner-up in […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Patient scholarships, social media week

September 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment names Mayo Clinic #1 Social Media Friendly Hospital

By Meredith Gould, PhD

We practice what we teach… and are honored that has named Mayo Clinic as #1 on its 2014 list of the top 100 most social media friendly hospitals. How did we zoom to the top? NurseJournal staffers collected data about Twitter and Facebook use by 800 hospitals. In reviewing the list, we’re also delighted […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, mccsm, social media week

September 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Network Member Meeting Caps Social Media Week

By Lee Aase

Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic culminates on Thursday, Oct. 23 with the Annual Member Meeting of the Social Media Health Network, and that evening’s Member Dinner. The 6th Annual #MayoRagan Social Media Summit concludes at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the SMHN Member Meeting will begin at 2, giving you plenty of time for a power […]

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Tags: Dan Hinmon, Dr Bryan Vartabedian, hcsm, Health Care, mccsm, SMHN, Social Media

September 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Serendipitous Benefits of Medical Expert Videos

By Lee Aase

Martha Grogan, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who has a particular interest in cardiac amyloidosis, a relatively rare disease in which a type of protein accumulates in the heart. I had an opportunity recently to interview Dr. Grogan about her motivation for creating cardiac amyloidosis videos and her experience with them, including some unexpected […]

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Tags: Cardiac Amyloidosis, Martha Grogan, patient videos, Youtube

September 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mayo Clinic Tours during Social Media Week

By Lee Aase

We’re pleased to offer several different tours of Mayo Clinic for those visiting Rochester in October for Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic. These tours take place during scheduled breaks in the Social Media Summit and pre-conference workshops Oct. 21-23, so you won’t miss any of the action. Mayo General Tour – General tour of […]

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Tags: #mayoragan, Mayo Clinic, social media week, Tours

August 26th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Announcing: 2014 Patient-Caregiver Scholarship Recipients

By Meredith Gould, PhD

With gratitude for all who shared their stories and vision for health care in fine applications, we’re delighted to announce this year’s recipients of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Patient-Caregiver Scholarship.   Sarah Bramblette (@Sarah Bramblette) is a Lipedema and Lymphedema patient who combines her experiences as a patient and healthcare administrative professional […]

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Tags: e-patient, SM Scholarship 2014, social media week

August 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Case for Social Media in Professionalism

By Lee Aase

I really like the way the organizers of this Mayo Clinic CME conference framed the title of my presentation today. It’s not “the case for professionalism in social media” which in health care would be a no-brainer. Of course all physicians in social media should conduct themselves professionally. I’m looking forward to making a little tougher […]

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Tags: Professionalism, Social Media

August 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Practice Pointers in the Wake of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Privacy Settlement

By David Harlow

An OB/GYN at Johns Hopkins was fired last year after a colleague reported her suspicions about a “pen-like device” that was always around his neck, and that turned out to be a camera. The OB/GYN had secretly photographed 7,000 patients over ten years while conducting pelvic exams. Ten days later he committed suicide. Last month, the […]

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Tags: ethics, hcsm, HIPAA, privacy, Professionalism

August 14th, 2014 · 15 Comments

Should doctors or hospitals follow their patients on Twitter?

By Lee Aase

That’s the underlying question Hinda Mandell, Ph.D. raised Tuesday in a post on the Boston Public Radio site, “Brave New World: Your Doctor, Your Private Parts, Twitter And You.” My gynecologist just followed my vagina on Twitter.  At least, that’s how it felt when I received email notification that I had a new Twitter follower.To be […]

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Tags: Farris Timimi, hcsm, patients, Physicians, TW

August 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Alanna Wong – Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

By Alanna Wong

Imagine falling asleep on June 29th, 2009 and not waking up until February 11th, 2010. This is one of the many sleep spells I’ve had during the past 15 years due to a rare neurological condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS). I’ve always told myself it’s not what you go through that makes you the person […]

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Tags: SM Scholarship 2014

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