This weekend I attended HealthCamp Philadelphia, an open forum, barcamp-style conference on healthcare and social media. This was the first type of gathering in the Philadelphia region, although there are other HealthCamps across the country.
Phil Baumann, an RN and president of CareVocate LLC, presented an interesting session on healthcare uses for Twitter. For those of you who don't know what Twitter is, it's a new Web 2.0 operation that has users, both professional and personal, answer the question, "What are you doing?" (Shameless plug time: ADVANCE is now on Twitter! Follow us @ADVANCEMedLab).
Baumann's session was based off of his thought-provoking blog entry and slide show, 140 Health Care Uses for Twitter. One of these uses Baumann discussed in the session is number 9 -- "Emitting critical laboratory values to nurses and physicians."
Essentially, a Twitter-like, closed circuit application (meaning one where the general public couldn't see what you are saying) could be used to transmit lab results from a laboratorian to a nurse or doctor, instead of phoning them in or using a paper lab report.
How do you feel about this? Could this help prevent lab reports from getting lost in the shuffle? Or do these Web 2.0 and social media strategies not belong in healthcare?