Social Media : new era - traditional gatekeeper role diminished : gone is the audience as passive vessel for information
In medicine, the gatekeeper has traditionally been the doctor’s office. Research from the Pew Internet & Life Project shows that 61 percent of adults seek health information on line . Active audience : conversation, participation
Q to prompt discussion – assess knowledge and experience – poll for registered users versus active users
Q to prompt discussion
Not New! Online health communities have existed since the dial-up modem was developed! Photo: http://www.wa4dsy.net/heatherington/hayes/page4.html
Hospital Social Media Accounts 540 hospitals – January 2010 227 YouTube 419 Twitter 326 Facebook 67 Blogs Source: ebennett.org/hsnl
Scenario example here from http://laboratory-manager.advanceweb.com/features/articles/social-medias-promise-for-healthcare.aspx?CP=2 With just six months until his 15th high school reunion, Ben realizes his varsity six-pack is looking more like a bench-warming Big Gulp. He Googles &quot;weight loss apps&quot; and downloads two to his phone--both free. One turns his iPhone into a pedometer and the other lets him set weight-loss goals and track his progress.Ben e-mails his doctor telling her that he's decided to lose some weight. He promises to do it sensibly. He then updates his Facebook status with a challenge to his friends to join him in his fitness quest. His sister sees his update and sends him a link to her favorite low-fat cooking blog.Meanwhile, Ben's doctor has replied with a reminder that his annual physical is scheduled for the next week with a link to an online Health Risk Assessment (HRA). After Ben completes the HRA, he is invited to create a personal health journal that will be reviewed weekly by a nurse practitioner. In addition, his insurance provider sends him a thank-you e-mail with a coupon for a complimentary one-hour session with a personal trainer that can be used at a nearby fitness center.
Data sources: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1421013 http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2010/3/comScore_Reports_January_2010_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/smartphones-to-overtake-feature-phones-in-u-s-by-2011/
WHY social media as a communications tool? Mobile : ubiquitous
Mobile ubiquitous : three generations
Mobile ubiquitous : The fourth generation
What is twitter?
Differentiate Twitter from traditional medai.
The “but why do people want to know what I had for breakfast” tweet/pushback.
Note: verified account – ratio of followers to following – listed number
TweetStats for CDCEmergency shows H1N1 spike
Tweet Stats for CDCEmergency : @ replies and RTs shows type of conversation
RT example : CDCEmergency
Promo Example. The bulk (85 percent) of Mayo Clinic tweets are promotional or links to health-related resources, Aase invites people to submit their questions as tweets using the Mayo Radio hashtag (#mayoradio), both before and during the radio show while it is live.
Crisis Communication Example: In August 2009, two employees of an ABC Disposal Inc.,a household trash transfer station, were rushed to intensive care and another 100 people were sent to Boston-area hospitals after a chemical release.
Promo example Children’s Mercy used Twitter in the operating room as a way to reach the geographically disbursed community that was vested in a young boy’s story
Promo example August 12, 2009, Children’s Mercy handed the hospital’s Twitter account over to Shari Flanagan to tweet before, during and after her daughter, Caity, had surgery for Crohn’s disease
@Reply Example Be sensitive to answers that shouldn’t be made public and the limits of Twitter’s 140 characters
Q to prompt discussion
Make a directory
My facebook profile page
Facebook news feed for novices.
Blue Cross Kansas City
Social Media and Public Health
Health Care In A “Social Media” World Summer Institute Course: Health Communication Northwest Center for Public Health Practice 12 August 2010 Kathy E. Gill @kegill @
Goals For Today <ul><li>Examine how social media technologies, specifically Twitter and Facebook, are affecting how health-related organizations communicate with their constituencies </li></ul><ul><li>Examine various types of communications goals that should incorporate these technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the importance of mobile communication </li></ul><ul><li>Walk away with some best practices </li></ul>
1. Mobile <ul><li>100M smartphones sold worldwide in 2009; 50% increase projected for 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>About 1-in-6 American mobile phone owners had a smartphone 4 th quarter 2009; 1-in-4 of those had an iPhone; 1-in-2 had a Blackberry </li></ul><ul><li>Smartphones to overtake feature phones (sales) in 2011 </li></ul>
2. Social Media Networks <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul>
A New Genre <ul><li>Private messages made public </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast versus Converse </li></ul><ul><li>D versus @ versus RT and #hashtags </li></ul><ul><li>Follow versus Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Favorites and Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Nibble v Full Course </li></ul>
Broadcast Is Better Than Nothing (and essential in emergency). But Twitter Is Primarily A Place For Engagement
3. Best Practices <ul><li>Take ownership if there is a vacuum in your organization </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the social media landscape – play before planning if you want a persuasive business case </li></ul><ul><li>Customer experience should be priority one </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Profile audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test, evaluate, revise; then do it again! </li></ul>
Take-Aways <ul><li>Inexpensive, Immediate, Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to measure, easy to mis-use </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices soon to be key gateway to our digital world </li></ul>
Credits <ul><li>Examples from forthcoming book, Brands L.E.A.P. Into Twitter , edited by Kathy E. Gill (@kegill). Hospital examples based on work by Anita Beninger (@anitamedia) </li></ul><ul><li>Locked gate : http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenerat/51022600/ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modem: http://www.wa4dsy.net/heatherington/hayes/page4.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Network: http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-12290595-people-networking -concept.php </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Megaphone: http://warkscol.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/superchick_megaphone_logo_hi.jpg </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Woman with mobile phone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjustin/2894092846/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Man with mobile phone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindscapes/3621995479/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three generations with mobile phone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/olliesphotos/333193604/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
CC License <ul><li>Share&share alike, attribution, non-commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Kathy E. Gill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://faculty.washington.edu/kegill or @kegill , @kegill_uw </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiredpen.com/ and http://slideshare.net/kegill </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course Info: http://www.nwcphp.org/training/summer-institute/health-communication </li></ul>