The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and several international partners announced the formation of the Social Media Health Network, an online community of providers that will develop and share training materials and resources on effective use of healthcare-related social media programs. The group will launch the network at socialmediahealthnetwork.org on Oct. 25, according to a news release.
Victor Montori, medical director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, said the network will be a vehicle for providers to share training resources and develop best practices for the use of social media. "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," Montori said in the news release.
Joining Mayo as charter network members are Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md.; Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.; Mission Health System, Asheville, N.C.; Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands; and Swedish Health Services, Seattle.
Radboud will serve as the network's community leader in Europe. Mayo is seeking provider organizations to serve as continental community leaders in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, according to the news release.