Awareness and Social Media Fundamentals for Patient Communities – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/17 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Amanda (@LALupusLady) on the topic of “Awareness and Social Media Fundamentals for Patient Communities”.

May is Lupus Awareness Month, Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Arthritis Awareness Month as well as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  Many patient communities are using social media to raise awareness, during their condition specific awareness month and throughout the year.  During the #HTsm chat on May 17th we will be discussing how patient communities use and can improve their social media platforms to increase engagement and begin conversations within and beyond the patient communities they serve.

By sharing how patient communities empower and support their constituents, the #HITsm community will be able to listen.   As well as connect, engage and share with the patient communities that can lead to insightful conversations and involving patients as advisors and consultants for organizations and companies that hope to empower and engage the patient communities.

In the May 17th #HITsm chat we will be asking the important questions about how patient communities online need to know the rules, play the rules while creating content that embraces their community and reaches beyond patients and caregivers to impact the healthcare community including providers, scientists, researchers and developers.

Be prepared and start thinking about your answers to the following questions for the #HITsm Twitter chat.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: How can patient communities best use social media to raise awareness? #HITsm

T2: What can patient communities do to reach out beyond their online constituents? #HITsm

T3: What are some examples of what you’ve seen patient communities do to raise awareness using social media? #HITsm

T4: What organizations or patient communities best/better understand the impact social media has on awareness? Which ones should we learn from? #HITsm

T5: Which are the best social media platforms for patient communities to raise awareness? Why? #HITsm

Bonus: How can you use the insights gained in today’s #HITsm chat to engage with patient communities? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
5/24 – TBD
Hosted by Sean Erreger, LCSW (@StuckonSW)

5/31 – Real-Time Messaging and Collaboration Tools Inside a Care Setting
Hosted by Greg Meyer (@Greg_Meyer93)

6/7 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

6/14 – TBD
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6/21 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.