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Do we all have to jump on the rap-about-hand-washing bandwagon? by Valerie Hoven
February 11, 2010, 5:37 pm
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Some might argue that healthcare is a decade behind in technology adoption, yet hospitals are flocking to social media more than ever before. As hospital Facebook pages and Twitter accounts continue to grow, do we need to continue with the clinical raps? Seems like every week I’m finding a new rap about hand-washing or H1N1 vaccinations.

Yesterday, I tweeted a link to a hand-washing rap video. The tweet said this:
as hospitals join FB, twitter, etc., does that mean we have to jump on the rap-about-hand-washing bandwagon, too? #hcsm

It was quickly retweeted, but as this:
RT @valeriehoven: as hospitals join FB, twitter we should also rap-about-hand-washing too #hcsm

Then that tweet was retweeted and twisted and retwisted about half a dozen times…

Simply, adopting technology is hard. Once you finally have the new system, it’s hard to make sure you’re even using it right. Once you get that new patient registration system, there are still kinks to work out once implemented. Same is true for social networking. Just because we have a Facebook page doesn’t mean we have to do post everything our neighbor hospitals posts. Rather, let’s branch out a bit. How about yodeling for electronic medical records? Or even better, an interpretive dance about computerized provider order entry implementation?