Mayo Clinic to open social media center

  • Article by: CHEN MAY YEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2010 - 6:59 AM

Mayo Clinic is opening a Center for Social Media to train other health care organizations to use Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to connect patients and doctors. The new center will run workshops, offer consulting and host conferences.

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teddygJul. 27, 10 6:49 AM

Twitter is for little girls, self-absorbed executives, and Lance Armstrong.

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swhansberryJul. 27, 10 8:19 AM

Show already too distant health care providers how to be even more distant. Substitute virtual content for real people. Save money, increase the bottom line, pay hospital executives and high end managers more. Make your hospital more attractive to investors. Then, go out and get a consulting job. The virtual world has many places; one of them is most certainly not in the very personal and very highly communications oriented world of health care.

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questionerJul. 27, 10 9:02 AM

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spmasonJul. 27, 10 9:43 AM

I would love to know where I can find invormation on workshops offered by this program and other learning opportunities. Is there a way to get on the mailing or emailing list? Stacie Mason

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langton4Jul. 27, 1010:10 AM

Note that this is not about providing better patient care--it's about selling. Chalk up one more for increased health care costs.

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sgarcia127Jul. 27, 1010:41 AM

I respectfully disagree with the above comments. T Facebook was once just for college kids, and now it's become one of the top forms of sharing information and has surpassed Google as the most visited site. It's smart to become educated on social media, to at the very least gain an understanding of the ever-changing landscape of information sharing.

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snarfleberryJul. 27, 1011:04 AM

The naysayers comments are hilarious and demonstrate a stunning, thorough and utter lack of the remotest understanding of the Mayo Clinic, its effort to empower, support and heal. I've never worked there, but I am a patient there, and I have the most profound respect for their organization.

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PauSauserJul. 27, 10 8:08 PM

Mayo clinic saved my life. They are competent, compassionate and expensive. I have no problem with expensive, it's my life and my money.

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yolie1Jul. 29, 10 1:08 PM

Of course the Mayo Clinic should use social media to educate, inform, and support. That isn't really the issue. Why does it take hundreds of thousands of dollars and infrastructure to do this? If social media was so difficult to utilize, millions of businesses and individuals would have to use this sort of specialized training; but somehow, they are able to manage on their own. This could be handled for a lot less expense. It's a waste of money that could be spent on something more pressing, like hospice care.

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