Hospital Social Networking List

In researching social media in Canada, I discovered there were few resources on its use in hospitals.  Certainly, I couldn’t find anything as useful as the monthly-updated list of American hospitals published by Ed Bennett.

The research involved in trying to find every Canadian hospital blog, Twitter account or Facebook page is pretty substantial.  So we’ll be taking it slowly and asking for help. I’m sure that we’ll need to make some corrections and add some additional references.  If you see any mistakes or omissions, please let us know and we’ll update it at the end of each month.

Update as of May 2011:

The total number Canadian hospitals which are represented by either a Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel or blog is — 261!

Let’s look at the breakdown:

  • There are 91 Facebook accounts nationally, representing 193 different hospitals 
  • There are 57 Twitter accounts representing 201 hospitals
  • There are 48 YouTube channels, representing 69 hospitals
  • BC has the most hospitals represented by social media pages/accounts/channels, but Ontario has the largest number of unique pages/accounts/channels. 

Caveats:

  • In many provinces, one Facebook/Twitter/YouTube account might represent a variety of community hospitals that fall within one regional or provincial health authority.  I decided to list them separately as that is how they are listed on the website of their provincial Ministry of Health — and because it is simpler to have a common denominator when comparing the results with other provinces.
  • I’m sure there is still some scrubbing to be done to these lists.  In some cases, we might have accidentally listed the hospital’s foundation’s accounts, instead of one for the hospital itself.

13 Comments to “Hospital Social Networking List”


  1. lucien engelen 10 December 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    Great List, nice to see that slowly we can cover the world. Ed in the US, you in Ca we in Europe. (@hospitalseu)

    nice to do some benchmarks later on.

    gr Lucien Engelen @zorg20)
    Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands

  2. Colleen Young 12 December 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Fantastic job Ann. And thank you for adding #hcsmca to your list of social media resources for healthcare.

    Colleen
    @colleen_young
    @hcsmca

  3. ann.fuller 12 December 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Thanks for the support Colleen, Lucien.

    One small step…okay, and many more small steps needed. But we’re getting there!

  4. Mike Spear 3 January 2011 at 11:18 am #

    We’ve been doing something similar though it isn’t all about Health Care because we are involved in genomics research. However we put together some blog posts that will help you with your project:

    http://www.genomealberta.ca/blogs/social-networks-in-health-care-the-canadian-experience.aspx

    http://www.genomealberta.ca/blogs/the-sunnybrook-side-of-social-media-in-canada.aspx

    http://www.genomealberta.ca/blogs/teasing-out-health-care-and-social-media.aspx

    http://www.genomealberta.ca/blogs/more-on-the-social-media-side-of-health-care.aspx

    Some of our more recent blog postings at http://genomealberta.ca.blog have also been about Canadians who tweet about life science, though again not strictly health care but you’ll find some names in there worth noting as well.

    Cheers,

    Mike

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    Thanks for such great resources St. Mike’s plus leading the way in Canadian social media health care in the hospital sector. We all have a ways to go but we are well on our way.

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