Engaging Patients through Social Media

Last week, I spoke at a conference in Virginia Beach hosted by Eastern Virginia Medical School and Tidewater Community College, an awardee of The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology grant.  The TCC Health Information Technology Consortium is leading efforts to develop a workforce to support use of electronic health records in Washington DC and 10 states in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

The focus of the conference was “Maximizing Health IT Investments for Meaningful Use.”  The information packed and timely session topics included:

  • Communicating with patients in the digital age
  • Building patient-centered medical homes
  • Health IT and patient safety
  • Patient registries and population health
  • Engaging the private sector to bring public health into every doctor’s office
  • Leveraging health IT and social media for consumer engagement (my topic – see below)

It was a well-attended event with engaged participants.  Kudos to Consortium director Grethen LeFever, Ph.D. and her team for their endeavors in developing our healthcare leaders.

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