Archive for January, 2010

Health Care Twitter Predictions for 2010

Health Care Twitter Predictions

Clearly, 2009 was a year of new beginnings for the health care industry — particularly in regards to the acceptance of social media channels like Twitter. But as we move into 2010, will that acceptance shrink, remain stagnant or skyrocket?

We don’t have a health care Twitter crystal ball. But we do have an interview with Phil Baumann, registered nurse and author, by HCPLive. Baumann shared with HCPLive his predictions for the future of Twitter for health care marketing:

Health Care Organization the Cleveland Clinic Does Social Media

Social Media in Health Care

For health care organizations first embarking on a social media strategy, there’s no definitive formula for what works and what doesn’t work. Perhaps the greatest tool health care organizations have for developing a social media strategy are others’ success stories.

The Significant Science blog recently interviewed John Sharp of Cleveland Clinic, which has successfully rolled out a social media strategy that includes blogging, microblogging and participation on other social networking sites.

Here’s what Sharp had to say about the stakeholders within healthcare organizations that should be involved in launching social media efforts:

Healthcare Social Media Strategy

2009 marked the year social media as a platform and news topic exploded. Not only for mainstream topics like celebrities and technology but for Healthcare as well. Scott Meis presented to the Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society of Greater New York (HPRMS) on current social media trends and tips. Some interesting stats:

  • 36% want to see what other consumers say about medication or treatment.
  • 34% using social media
  • 46% using health portals
  • 67% using search engines

From How America Searches: Health & Wellness by iCrossing and Opinion Research Corporation

Hospitals’ Twitter Efforts Help Reach Patients, Media & Medical Personnel

Hospitals Twitter Activity60 million consumers now using social media to share their health experiences online, according to recent health care social media research by the HealthCare New Media buy prescription drugs Marketing Conference. it’s no wonder that more and more hospitals are trying to determine ways to effectively leverage social media channels.

And with Twitter being one of the fastest growing social media tools of recent years, it’s a good place for hospitals to start.

For hospitals unsure of how to use Twitter to reach health consumers, SMUG (Social Media University, Global) blogger Lee Aase provides some examples of how hospitals have been using Twitter.