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Celebrating One Year of HCSM - changing healthcare through social media

On Sunday, January 17th, as a group we celebrated the one year birthday of #HCSM (pronounced "HIC-sum" by those in the know). The event was a special 2 hour chat that included a first ever live audio component. Lee Aase, Director of Syndication (and social media) for the Mayo Clinic and Dana Lewis moderated. Seven participants, I was proud to be one, spoke with Lee and Dana on the state of and future of social media in healthcare. You can listen to the event via the player below or download it as a podcast into iTunes. Thanks to all those who participated:

And a special thanks to the producers of the event:

Finally, and to reiterate what I said at the top of my segment in the audio cast, thank you to the #HCSM community. In the last year we have laid the ground work that is changing the face of healthcare. Every day this group comes up with new ways to improve the patient experience. After all, we are all patients.

Notes from Central Va Healthcare Exec Group talk posted

cvheg screencap Once a month, a who's who of central Virginia healthcare execs convene for CVHEG - the Central Virginia Healthcare Executive Group. The CVHEG is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The group represents a wide swath of healthcare professionals. Recently, I was privileged to address the group as part of a fantastic lineup of speakers on social media and healthcare.

You can find my notes, references and presentation here.

Other panelists included:

What we post today...

I have been thinking a lot lately about the relative importance of social media. Actually, I have been thinking about history. Really, what we know about history is what was recorded by the people who thought those particular details were favorable or important. What's the old saying? History is written by the victors. In a sense, the same thing is true for recent history; take family for example. What do we really know about what our parents were like in high school?  I am inclined to believe my parents were pretty cool cats. I have seen pictures of them before prom, football uniforms and signed yearbooks. But the truth is that I was not there. The truth is that I am seeing their history as told by the victors. Now think about this - think about all the kids growing up in the socially networked generation. What happens when they grow up and have families of their own? Who gets to tell the history when it was already been documented live in real time? Its a mind-bender isn't it? The children of the next generation, maybe even my kids, will have a digital history of our entire lives. Everything we posted, tweeted, flickred, youtubed, regretted, liked, friended, faned.... it will all be there. That embarrassing night in college, videos from our wedding, tweets about the first job. Imagine the internet as the scrapbook of the future. What will our kids find when they google us?

As I started thinking more about the idea - and indeed the importance of the concept itself - it made more sense (at least to my twisted brain) to explore it graphically:

To that end, you'll probably enjoy this presentation in full screen here