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Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, 2nd edition
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The growth of social networking has been dramatic, and the applications are quickly finding their way into healthcare organizations. This expanded best-seller provides an overview of the social media tools healthcare organizations are using to connect, communicate, and collaborate with their patients, physicians, staff, vendors, media, and the community at large.

Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, 2nd edition describes the major social media applications and reviews their benefits, uses, limitations, risks, and costs. It also provides tips for creating a social media strategy based on your organizationís specific needs and resources. Through real-world examples and up-to-date statistics on social media and healthcare, this book illustrates how social media can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and marketing of your healthcare organization.

A companion website includes examples from leading healthcare organizations that have made the commitment to social media part of their strategic plan.

Examples discussed include:

  • Using avatars that allow patients to virtually experience a medical procedure or navigate a hospitalís ward
  • Creating a blog to communicate performance improvement initiatives, community health events, information on patient support groups, and other news
  • Applying microblogging technology to post nursing assessments to a patientís electronic health record
  • Navigating the newest social media platforms as technology continues to grow, including Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, and mobile apps
  • Establishing Facebook pages for specific diseases or conditions to build a community of patients facing similar challenges
  • Highlighting centers of excellence by adding research, studies, and reports to appropriate wiki
  • Using existing audio and video for podcasts and videocasts to reach a broader audience

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Starting a conversation
  • Chapter 2: The stats
  • Chapter 3: Overcoming barriers and risks
  • Chapter 4: Blogs
  • Chapter 5: Microblogs
  • Chapter 6: Social networking sites
  • Chapter 7: Podcasts
  • Chapter 8: The Wiki
  • Chapter 9: Social news and bookmarking sites
  • Chapter 10: Photo and video sharing
  • Chapter 11: Widgets, apps, and other tools
  • Chapter 12: Creating a social media plan for your healthcare organization
  • Chapter 13: A vision for the future
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author

About the Author

Christina Beach Thielst, FACHE, is vice president at Tower, where she helps large, complex healthcare organizations create strategies to improve their use of technology and make the cultural changes needed for long-term transformation of their patient care experiences. Over her long career as a consultant and hospital administrator, she has experienced firsthand the challenges of and barriers to effective communication, collaboration, and engagement. Her blog, Christinaís Considerations (, is a collection of digital information related to her professional interests and work.

Publication Date: February 2013
Number of Pages: 94 plus companion website
ISBN 13: 978-1-56793-576-9
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