This is a draft concept for the digital health community of South Africa. The idea is based on the participatory medicine model. The social media platform provides its diverse members with the tools to network and stay informed with the latest development locally and globally in their field with less effort than conventional websites. It also has the potential to improve the academic sector by simplifying collaboration so that we gain understanding about digital technology integration. This is a humanitarian project with the aim to improve data capture in both private and public sector for issues like drug-resistant bacteria which are a global concern. The project has good, independent sustainability potential. Partnerships with development companies and investors is needed to proceed further. This draft is for demonstration purposes only and does not reflect the visual design nor does it reflect all of the content which is anticipated on the final outcome. A written proposal can be made available on request.
SOCIAL MEDIA IN HEALTHCARE IS ABOUT:
Technology is rapidly changing and economic sectors are in need of the tools to implement these changes effectively. Innovation can be accelerated by networking, researching, collaborating, creativity and education. Social websites also provide a platform to gather understanding into issues which need to be addressed by digital technologies in a diverse demographic. Innovation should be modeled on research from experiences, holistically.
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to partner on the development of this project or find out more information regarding investment. The concept is designed to be a web 2.0, user-generated, real-time platform.
Join us on Twitter – #hcsmSA
A hashtag (#) is used on Twitter to create a conversation which can become a community. When it is used on twitter together with a keyword or acronym, it connects users that are discussing a specific topic. #hcsmSA is an acronym for Health Care Social Media South Africa. The address to follow on Twitter is @hcsmSA. Using the hashtag in your tweets and following the conversations, as if it was a newsfeed, has valuable benefits to improve medical education, innovation and it has the potential to strengthen global networks. Having one standard hashtag for each country which we call a geo-thread means every user on a global scale is familiar with what to search and therefore communication in digital healthcare is simplified. For healthcare social media beginners, one hashtag is also less intimidating which could improve participation and reduce intimidation of a complex virtual space.
In coming years #hcsmSA will be used as a South African tweetchat to discuss healthcare and digital technology. Tweetchats are an effective way to meet virtually and global participation is possible. The tweetchat will be recorded by Symplur.com on transcript which has powerful research potential. The tweetchat is open to everyone in the healthcare sector wanting to network, learn and contribute towards medical innovation locally.
#hcsmSA is also a geographic hashtag (Geo-hashtag) which is crucial to global networking. The hashtag #hcsm is generally accompanied by the letters which represent a specific country. This hashtag uniformity is helpful to a user who doesn’t know which hashtags to follow if they are looking to build a health network outside of their country. In other words, if geo-hashtags are standardized, everyone participating on Twitter would search one thread per country and not have to sort through all the diverse hashtags making it more difficult to connect with others. Standard geo-hashtags simplifies global collaboration on social media. In an emergency situation, communication also becomes more effective in terms of targeting one main community per region, this could be beneficial to situations such as disease control.
Analytics must be the foundation of innovation
Healthcare social media is not just about connecting and building networks, the best part is that it is recorded. #hcsmSA is being measured by Symplur.com who are the global leaders in the field of healthcare analytics. This data capturing is vital to researching the topics which are being discussed and to know the number of users influencing a specific topic in global health. For example, Asia (#hcsmASIA) may be the biggest influencers in terms of discussions regarding #Bioprinting or Europe (#hcsmEU) may be discussing #Ebola. Conferences can also be measured by participants using its hashtag.
A connected community can provide a means for startups to share ideas or be inspired to innovate for a cause, such as a rare disease or even AIDS. An example may be for an application which can collect data relevant to the design of personalized medicine. Because of advancement in technology like bio-printing, 4d-printing, IBM Watson, artificial intelligence, mobile health, ePatients, robotics, googleglass, EHR etc, social media is being used globally to discuss the changes in medicine so that implementation can be done correctly. Academic sectors in health is also an area which may need to review curriculum as well as medical legislation. One prediction is the collaboration of fields like designers and doctors for innovation such as bio-printing or applications.
Other #hcsm global communities:
#hcsm – Global
#hcsmGH – Ghana
#hcsmla – Latin America
#hcsmanz – Australia / New Zealand
#hcsmasia – Asia
#hcsmca – Canada
#hcsmeu – Europe
#hcsmin – India
#hcsmny – New York
#hcsmse – Sweden
#hcsmsv – Silicon Valley
#hcsmuk – United Kingdom
To get a full list of all the geographic communities as well as to view all the healthcare conversations relevent to your field, visit the healthcare hashtag project on Symplur: www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags
#hcsmSA was created voluntarily and needs funding to complete development and volunteers that care about our health sector.
If you are able to assist please email firstname.lastname@example.org, send us a watsapp message on 072 2135 358 or tweet to us @hcsmSA.
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