I can now admit that when I took the stage Wednesday at the Fourth Annual Social Media Health Care Summit to talk to 250 social media professionals from throughout the United States I was scared to death.
It wasn’t the size of the crowd that frightened me. I’ve spoken to groups that size many times. It was the topic. Months ago I agreed to speak on “Health Care Reform Meets Social Media.” As I developed the talk over these months, I knew the challenges we were facing at Willamette Valley Medical Center, the hospital where I work 25 hours a week as director of marketing.
My thesis was that health care reform is going to happen not so much because of the Affordable Care Act, but because of the tremendous financial pressures forcing hospitals to change the way they deliver care. What I wasn’t sure of was whether this would resonate with everyone else in the audience. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself at a conference hosted by Mayo Clinic. Read more