I love Twitter, now. It took me a couple years before I truly became addicted (different post!). I immediately glommed onto Periscope, though. I’ve written several posts about Periscope in healthcare, health IT, and health IT social media. First I noticed how it could crowdsource actual real-world problems, when it helped me install new hubcaps on my car. I mused about patients and physicians finding support and expertise on live-streaming social video services, while acknowledging privacy issues. Then I saw how @Jimmie_Vanagon actually interviewed one of his patients about EHR workflow! I’ve been on Blab a couple times with @techguy, which is great for just-in-time conversation before a virtual audience. Then, most recently, I saw something that sounds simple, but how it sounds does not do it justice, you’ve got to hear AND see it.
Kathy Nieder, MD (@docnieder), family medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, read and commented on tweets during last night’s #HCLDR tweet chat (HealthCare Leadership, Tuesday’s, 8:30 PM EST). The subject was the importance of listening in healthcare. Now, when the subject is healthcare IT and workflow tech, I’m in there, tweeting like crazy. But sometimes I just want to sit back and, well, listen! So Jimmie and I sort of leaned on Kathy to skim #HCLDR tweets, find the gems, and add context and commentary, all the while cheerfully greeting and conversing with 115 live viewers. Basically, instead of scrolling like crazy through 100s (1000s?) of tweets, and creating typos like an I don’t know what, I relied on someone who listens in healthcare for a living. I hope you’ll listen to at least just a bit of Doc Nieder’s live-streamed video meta-commentary about Twitter commentary about listening in medicine.
If you do, I believe you’ll see great potential for future similar uses of Periscope, Meercat, Blab, and other real-time interactive social live-streaming video services in health IT social media.
Now, whether or not Periscope and similar are “disruptive” or complementary or just additive, I don’t know. But I eagerly look forward to finding out!
Thank you Kathy! BTW, Jimmie, your daughter’s basketball games? (J. participated in K.’s scope while watching his daughter sink hoops!) They’ll only keep you out of the #Periscope tweetchat hot seat for so long… where are you? I’m gonna check the game schedule.
P.S. And wareFLO on Periscope.