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

Learn, 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 about the week
and register with this link 
for special bundles and rates.

Click here for information about discounted hotel accommodations.

Questions? Email for swift response:

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
will appear here.


On Our Blog...

August 26th, 2014 · 7 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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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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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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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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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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August 8th, 2014 · 18 Comments

Bonnie Sheeren – Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

By Bonnie Sheeren

I have had many adventures in health care. I endured hit or miss interactions with the medical community most of my life up through my twenties. Ignorance was not bliss, but it was the only option. After college, I went into educational video production, my friends talked me into coming to the Texas Medical Center. […]

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August 8th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Laura Offutt MD – Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

By Laura Offutt MD

I am an Internal Medicine physician with experience in patient care, research and consulting. Currently, I spend my time using Social Media to reach teens about health topics in the place that they spend so much of their time. My experiences seeing adult patients, many of whom had medical problems which resulted from life-long behaviors […]

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August 8th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Brittany K. – Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

By Brittany K.

I have been a longtime patient needing various kinds of medical treatment. Additionally, I watched my youngest daughter need extensive medical attention following her birth 3 years ago. As her primary caregiver, I quickly had to become familiar with the top notch hospitals in our area and did extensive research, which including searching profiles on […]

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August 8th, 2014 · 43 Comments

Bridget Gamble – Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

By Bridget Gamble

Q: How would your participation serve the greater good during and after the conference? A: The communities on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago, where Sinai Health System is based, endure immense challenges to all aspects of health. Limited access to quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods and legitimate employment opportunities are just a few of […]

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August 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Joel T Nowak – Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

By Joel T Nowak

I am a super cancer survivor, a survivor of four different primary cancers including metastatic prostate cancer. When I learned I was metastatic I searched the metropolitan New York City area for an education and support program geared specifically for men with advanced prostate cancer. Shockingly, I was unable to find any program specific to […]

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