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Healthcare Social Media Week in Review: October 15th, 2012

Whether you are just taking your first steps on the social media track or you’re running full laps around it, this week’s healthcare social media week in review has something for you.  From healthcare being on the cusp of a breakthrough to doctors keeping an open mind on social media, here is your healthcare social media week in review.

  • Individuals who are currently involved with healthcare social media are well aware of its power; the hardest part is getting others to adopt the social media.  While defining ROI may be tricky business, the uses of social media in the healthcare community may finally be poking its head up for the world to see.  Kristi Eells writes an interesting piece on how healthcare may just be ready to break through to the social media big leagues. Will Healthcare Soon Be Social Media’s New Belle of the Ball?
  • The social media platform you use will shift and evolve, but the engagement part is here for the long haul.  Kerry Sutherland discusses how patients are becoming savvier and savvier when using social media.  Now it’s time for physicians as a whole to embrace social media in healthcare.  Why Doctors Should Keep An Open Mind About Social Media
  • Jessica Levco writes about the Hendricks Regional Health Center and how they have empowered their community to engage in storytelling.  By blogging and sharing stories, the Hendricks community is engaging and inspiring.  How Blogs Help One Hospital’s Patients Get Healthier
  • If you’ve been delaying involvement with the social media platform Twitter, you aren’t alone, but the gap is narrowing.  Patricia Redsicker writes about five reasons why doctors need to get involved with Twitter.  5 Reasons Why Doctors Should Not Avoid Twitter
  • Sometimes navigating the world of social media with baby steps turn into long steady strides.  Dr. Terry Kind writes about her experience with Twitter and what interested parties should consider before taking the plunge.  Might You Tweet to Learn and Learn to Tweet

Do you have any additional thoughts about this week’s Healthcare Social Media Review?  Did we miss something? Leave a comment below, send us a message on Twitter @MDWebPro, let us know on Facebook, or on Google +.  We’d love to hear from you!


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Stuart Wainstock is a former educator who has taught overseas and in the United States. Stuart began blogging while living overseas as a means to communicate with family and friends back home. He is a contributing author to the MDWebPro blog. Stuart is an avid follower of technology, and their constantly changing trends. He also enjoys discovering new and excited music, as well as photography. You can follow Stuart on Twitter @stuartwainstock,@MDWebPro and Google+

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