Social media is fast becoming one of the most effective ways to monitor recent developments in patient safety and provide real time commentary. Movement toward these networks is evident as the healthcare industry recognizes the importance and benefits of spread using social media. Many healthcare organizations are using Twitter to announce educational programs and Facebook to build communities of people with shared interests. You can watch videos uploaded to You Tube channels and read commentary shared on blogs. The evolution of the e-patient, those who are equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in their health and healthcare decisions, is generating a two-way conversation to improve quality within the health system.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is using social media to create awareness, social consciousness and knowledge spread. We know that you are the experts in the field, and that you have opinions and resources to share. We want all patient safety professionals to be part of the ongoing discussions on patient safety (#ptsafety) and share their voice as individuals, rather than that of their organization.
The first step is to create your own Twitter account to tweet patient safety information. Twitter really is easy and you don’t have to be technologically savvy to participate. Tweet to let people know about an article or speaking engagement. Tweet to ask questions on burning patient safety issues. Re-tweet interesting links to friends and coworkers. Tweet to get immediate feedback on something you want to know. Jumpstart your research and find out what people are saying about a topic. Once you get started, you’ll learn quickly - just join in on the conversations and share your thoughts on patient safety. And, if you want to tweet about things, that’s fine too!
At CPSI, interest on Twitter peaked recently when activities were highlighted during Canadian Patient Safety Week (hashtag #CPSW) and Halifax 10, the Canadian Healthcare Symposium (hashtag #Halifax10). We thank our followers on both Twitter and Facebook who participated in the discussions and shared information on these topics. CPSI will continue to use these networks as a catalyst in patient safety conversations and to communicate information on some of the great tools and resources available.
Tweet about patient safety today using the hashtag #PtSafety, and follow CPSI, @Patient_Safety.
If you have questions on how CPSI is using social media to promote patient safety, contact Abisaac Saraga at firstname.lastname@example.org