Friday, November 07, 2008

Social media and knowledge transfer in patient safety

What draws patient safety people into using social media (defined as "a set of internet tools that enable a group of people with common interests to connect with one another to learn, play, work organize and socialize." 1

How can information professionals and library types help enable robust use of social media in this arena? What do users of social media WANT in an online community? What is the value proposition for this type of work? How do we engage busy practitioners, clinicians, risk managers, patients/families, librarians and other stakeholders to participate in an collaborative online environment? Do we have the time and funds to only rely on in-person and phone collaboration? It is a challenge to us as knowledge sharing professionals and "boundary spanners" to understand how to use this media as effectively as possible to support improvements in patient safety.

Any thoughts?

Any big, hairy audacious goals to share?

What are the "wicked questions" we must ask ourselves to move things along?

These should serve as interesting posts for us on this blog.

1) The Wisdom of Patients: Health Care Meets Online Social Media. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. California Health Foundation. April 2008

1 comment:

Passion&Happiness said...

"What draws patient safety people into using social media?"

Consumers want and deserve the complete picture before undergoing a cosmetic procedure, whether it is an injectable like Botox or a significant procedure like tummy tuck surgery," said Tom Seery, President, "Our partnership with ASAPS gives our community members easy access to board-certified surgeons who are driven by their interest in patient safety and education, not just another advertising channel. This relationship aligns doctors with consumers that seek authentic conversations and trustworthy answers.

Thanks for this, i found it to be an incredibly enjoyable read!

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