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Hippos and Hashtags: Social Media in Health Care. Dana Lewis | @danamlewis Interactive Marketing Specialist @Swedish. Swedish is a non-profit health system serving the greater Seattle, Washington, USA area. 5 hospitals. 15 primary care clinics. 2 separate emergency departments.

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hippos and hashtags social media in health care

Hippos and Hashtags:Social Media in Health Care

Dana Lewis | @danamlewis

Interactive Marketing Specialist @Swedish

swedish is a non profit health system serving the greater seattle washington usa area

Swedish is a non-profit health system serving the greater Seattle, Washington, USA area.

5 hospitals. 15 primary care clinics. 2 separate emergency departments

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My background:

2002: diagnosed with diabetes2008: diagnosed with celiac disease2009: created #hcsm2010: joined Swedish2011: still using social media every day as a patient.

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Why does all of this matter?

In the United States, 80% of people look for health information online

“Social media breaks down the barriers & brings people to the table to have the right conversations in health care.”- @danamlewis

who uses social media in health care
Who uses social media in health care?
  • Patients
    • 80+% of Americans search online for health info
  • Physicians
    • 86% search online for health information in their practice
  • Organizations
      • 908 Hospitals => 3,087 Hospital Social Networking/Media Sites
        • 448 YouTube Channels
        • 719 Facebook pages
        • 674 Twitter Accounts
        • 431 LinkedIn Accounts
        • 106 Blogs

(but not just hospitals)

different types of organizations
Different types of organizations:
  • Hospitals/health systems
  • Non-profit patient associations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical device companies
  • Insurance companies (“payers”)
  • Etc
  • Etc.
why do people use hcsm health care for social media
Why do people use HCSM? (Health Care for Social Media)
  • Patients
    • Learn about symptoms, diseases/conditions, options
    • Educate themselves, understand treatments
    • Support
  • Physicians
    • Ongoing education
    • Resources for treating patients (medical research)
    • Peer-to-peer support
    • Marketing/promotion
  • Organizations
    • Connect to patients/consumers/customers & provide resources
    • Public health information
    • Virtual “help” desk and patient/customer relations
hipaa health insurance portability and accountability act
HIPAA(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Title 1
    • regulates the availability and breadth of group health plans and certain individual health insurance policies
  • Title 2
    • defines offenses relating to health care and sets civil and criminal penalties for them
    • creates several programs to control fraud and abuse within the health care system
    • sets administrative \'simplification\' rules

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Physicians need to start talking to patients.Patients need to think about what they are putting online.Let’s start talking.

we do social media with
We do social media with…
  • Patients
  • Family/communities
  • CEO
  • Senior leadership
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Swedish employees
  • Community partners
leveraging existing tools to create community online
Leveraging existing tools to create community online

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  • Created: July 2010
  • Status: Completed
  • ~10,000 people engaged
  • ~5.5+ million impressions
  • Why it worked:
  • Reached people when needed – at night
  • Resources
one size does not fit all
One size does not fit all
  • Curator of health information, local resources
  • Swedish news, general patient information, local news & resources
  • Physician bios, FAQs, hot topics

Different communities, different messaging

www swedish org blog
www.swedish.org/blog

Physicians, nurses, patients – all in one place

baby steps
Baby steps:
  • Social media isn’t right for everyone
  • Doctors do better with small steps to get started
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel
  • …so stop talking, start doing it.
engage with us online http swedish org blog http swedish org engage

Questions?

Engage with us online:http://swedish.org/bloghttp://swedish.org/engage
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