There are many forms of social networking that Healthcare Managers can use in their professional lives. Many hospitals, doctor’s offices, management teams, and clinics are using Twitter and blogging to stay abreast of the many happenings in the field. I searched Google and found blogs, associations, societies, and networks, all related to the Healthcare Management field.
Executive Healthcare Management Online is a website filled with news, tips and editorials. They call themselves “the online source for the modern Healthcare Management professional…” (Executive Healthcare Management Online, 2010). I found many tips regarding social networking and how it is being developed in this field. This website led me to an article on the Mayo Clinic website. The Mayo Clinic is planning to open a social media center. Their hope for this center is to “accelerate effective application of social media tools throughout Mayo Clinic and to spur broader and deeper engagement in social media by hospitals, medical professionals and patients to improve health globally.” They also have a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, a Twitter account, and a news and podcast blog (Mayo Clinic, 2010).
Social networking is a large part of Healthcare Management and is growing all the time. From the research I have done, social networking is not only accepted but encouraged in this field.
Executive Healthcare Management Online. (2010). Executive Healthcare Management Online [E-Zine]. Available from http://www.executivehm.com Mayo Clinic. (2010). Mayo Clinic Creates Center For Social Media (News Release). Rochester, Minnesota: Author. Retrieved Saturday August 13, 2010, from Mayo Clinic Web site: http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2010-rst/5872.html
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