Health Is Social

Infusing Social Media into Healthcare

A chat around the hashtag #OccupyHealthcare took place on Sunday, November 6, 2011.

As of now, this is not a formally scheduled chat – but based on its remarkability, I hope we’ll see this become a regular feature for Sunday nights. It’s good to see more Twitter chats on healthcare that are more than just chats on social media. Perhaps Healthcare social media is finally starting to mature out of the initial shiny new object syndrome into what it should be: advancing Health care.

Anyhoo, a few weeks ago my friend Ben Miller (@miller7) started a blog OccupyHealthcare.net in an effort to capture the spriti of OccupyWallStreet. I don’t know if the sprit necessarily ports in to Healthcare, but as a rallying point for discussion it makes sense.

The chat was moderated by @RichmondDoc and had the input of Ben’s OccupyHealthcare team.

So here’s a transcript of the chat – the tweets were moving rather fast and resulted in over 70 pages of content. The tweets were moving fast, so the good stuff starts on page 2.

This kind of discussion will certainly evolve into a political one.

That may be a challenge given the emotional charges carried in Healthcare, especially the financial reform part of it.

But that’s OK – it’s opposing energies move the world forward.

The biggest challenge? Putting this energy to work.

It’s one thing to talk on Twitter about how bad healthcare is, or how we need change. Actually doing something?

Ah, there’s a problem.

Still, it’s good to see this start up.

Phil Baumann

@HealthIsSocial

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