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Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media launches global Social Media Health Network
Date:9/28/2010

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The recently formed Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (http://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org ) today announced the formation of the Social Media Health Network, a group dedicated to using social media to promote health, improve health care and fight disease. Through educational conferences, webinars and development of social platforms for sharing training materials and resources, this international network will help members learn from each other and effectively implement social media programs.

The announcement came at the Second Annual Social Media Summit produced in conjunction with Ragan Communications (http://www.ragan.com/ME2/Default.asp) and hosted on Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition to Mayo Clinic, charter members of the network include:

  • Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md.
  • Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.
  • Mission Health System, Asheville, N.C.
  • Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN), Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Swedish Health Services, Seattle, Wash.

"We believe the Social Media Health Network will be a significant force for learning how to apply social media tools effectively in the health context," says Victor Montori, M.D., ( http://www.mayoclinic.org/bio/11733080.html) medical director for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. "It will be a vehicle for us to share what we've learned about social media, including our training resources, and for others to join us in learning together and developing best practices. Ultimately, we want to help health-related organizations of all sizes and types to harness these powerful communication tools to help patients and improve human health globally." See the post (

Contact: Traci Klein
newsbureau@mayo.edu
507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
Source:Eurekalert

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