Mayo Clinics and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center collaborate in Social Media

Press Statement for Immediate Release : Sept 28th,2010

Mayo Clinic Launches Global Social Media Health Network 

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN) to lead recruitment on European continent

ROCHESTER, Minn. —Mayo Clinic today announced formation of the Social Media Health Network, a group dedicated to using social media to promote health, to improve health care and to fight disease. Through educational conferences, webinars and development of social platforms for sharing training materials and resources, this international network will help members learn from each other and effectively implement social media programs.

The announcement came today at the Second Annual Social Media Summit, produced in conjunction with Ragan Communications and hosted on Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition to Mayo Clinic, charter members of the network include:

•Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md.

•Inova Health System, Fairfax, Va.

•Mission Health System, Asheville, N.C.

•Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN), Nijmegen, Netherlands

•Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.

“We believe the Social Media Health Network will be a significant force for learning how to apply social media tools effectively in the health context,” says Victor Montori, M.D., medical director for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. “It will be a vehicle for us to share what we’ve learned about social media, including our training resources, and for others to join us in learning together and developing best practices. Ultimately, we want to help health-related organizations of all sizes and types to harness these powerful communication tools to help patients and improve human health globally.”

To support this goal and to build network membership in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN) from the Netherlands will serve as the first network partner and community leader for the European continent.

UMCN, a strong social media leader among European medical centers and health care in general, will recruit EU members, host conferences and otherwise facilitate growth of the movement. Lucien Engelen, UMCN’s Director of the Radboud REshape & Innovation Center, says the network “will be sharing, facilitating, exploring and stimulating the use of social media throughout health care. We have been doing this already over the last two years with the REshape conferences and the upcoming Medicine 2.0 Europe, TEDxMaastricht, and also with our research on this matter. For us, the use of social media is part of our ambition to migrate into participatory health care, where in our vision patients, family and informal care step into the health care team. This is too big to handle alone: we have to unite and share.”

In addition to RUNMC, Mayo will be seeking organizations to serve as continental community leaders for Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, says this is consistent with the ethos of social media and the reality of medicine. “The Social Media Health Network will obviously be active on the Internet, but it will be much more than a Web site,” he explains. “The network will foster real relationships among health-related organizations and with patients, and those will be cultivated through a mix of online and real-world connections. Identifying strong organizations like UMCN that are experienced in using social media and committed to collaborating on health-related applications will be crucial to extending the network.”

The Web site for the network will launch Oct. 25.

The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media exists to improve health globally by accelerating effective application of social media tools throughout Mayo Clinic and spurring broader and deeper engagement in social media by hospitals, medical professionals and patients. Its mission is to lead the social media revolution in health care, contributing to health and well being for people everywhere.

For information : 

For Mayo matters: press office – 507-284-5005

Lee Aase (@leeaase on twitter)

For European matters : Press office Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre,

The Netherlands – +31 24 3618910

Lucien Engelen (@zorg20 on twitter (zorg = health in Dutch)


Use of Social Media (SoMe) in Dutch Hospitals boosted.

More than 50% of the Dutch Hospitals can be found on LinkedIn, and the number of Twitter accounts rose from four to 29! The number of Youtube accounts, Hyves accounts and RSS-feeds doubled.

The main question remains: “How are the different types of SoMe used?” For example: Is Twitter used to bring news or is it used to communicate or collaborate with patients?

The rest of Europe will follow soon.

Somebody is missing !

My presentation on the mHealth Conference in Dubai this week, addressed the absence of the most important player in healthcare in these kind of conferences; the ones that are the experts in HAVING the disease. 

I will blog next week al little about it, but here are the slides already :

mHealth Conference Dubai 2010

View more presentations from Lucien Engelen.

Our next step : facilitate our visitors to plan their visits to the patient.

As of today we’ve made a next step in incorporating the patient and his/hers family and informal care in to our team.


In cooperation with “” (sorry for Dutch) we launched -as first hospital in the Netherlands (may be even European ?) a hospital-wide system (sorry for Dutch)  for visitors to plan and schedule their visit to patients at our facilities. Otfen many visitors come together at the bedside of the patient, and the next day there isn’t anybody visiting. Also somtimes there will be day’s the patient can’t receive any visitors due to treatment, diagnostics or the are not in the mood. All of this can be handles in this system where one of the familymembers take the lead to invite their family and relations to the system. Whenever somebody wants to visit he will enter this in the system. Visible is how many people are already coming. Of something happens, like transfer to another ward, this can be entered in the system also, invoking a mail to the community of the patient. So the family is in charge of maintaining this system, but it is a lot easier then all the phone calls and organizing-fuzz normally. 

There won’t be any medical information entered in this system, nor can healthcare professionals have access into it.

The (Dutch) press statement can be found here. Soon there will be a video about ths new service online in this blog and on the website.





Peer pressure ?


So, i bought a weight-scale, so what. Who cares ?

Well I do ! Do I think I have overweight, yes. Do I want to do something about it : yes I want to. Do I have an idea how : nope.  

So what’s this about. Well, may be peerpressure. Since i didn’t buy a normal weightscale but a very special one. One that communicates !

I ordered the WiThings Scale. A scale that connects through WiFi to the internet and feeds. It feeds my iPhone, my iPad a website, my Google Health-page, My Microsoft Healthvault, Trainingspeaks etc. with my weight, BMI and Fatt Mass.

I want to understand what will be happening is i monitor myself, and above that i want to see what happens if i share the data. This will be done on my Scale page, via twitter (everytime i get on the scale), though my blog.

To read more on this scale see the website, blog and here.

By now my whole family is “on the scale”, made user accounts and agreed to weight “as much as possible”; we’ll see.


Through this blog i will keep you posted. Trying to sort out what the chances and pitfalls are.


AED4.EU & Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010

So today i managed to work a little on a new video for AED4.EU.
Just to show where we are at, what we will be doing and .. as extra information for the jury of the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 contest.
We have submitted our initiative and got nominated for the next round; out of 160 contestants as one of the last 20.

September 13th, we will be informed IF we got through to the final.


Plead guilty : i’m a Digital Nomad


What does one need to work. This used to be a office, a desk a chair, paper and pencil etcetera. But, this has changed a “little” over the last years, no ? In the past years i worked not only in my own office, but also in the train, airplane, waiting lobby, others people offices, meeting facilities, congress-centres, (car) etcetera.

Large, larger, largest business-case i took with me, sometimes with a back-pack like since a had to relieve my arms from time to time. And with the ever growing space in these bags, the stuff i took with me grew accordingly.

Looking to myself i realized that more and more my office is where my business-bag is. At least i thought this was the case.
Nowadays with the mobilisation of allmost everything, also things get smaller, more “multi”, batterytime is growing and connected time is almost into the “-anywhere-arena”.

So we it seems we are on the right track, IF one wants to be conected all the time.
This is to question, but that might be another post, but there is allways this “off” button, no ?

For now i just want to share the fact that i realized that due to technical improvements the things I do, the way i work, the communication i am looking for has got a lot easier, and less pinpointed to one spot we call “office”. So my “office is where my bag is, or better my office is where my iPhone and iPad is, nowadays.

In my opinion we are entering the next era of connectivity, where “no matter what, no matter when, no matter where” we CAN be connected. More on this soon, since this askes for solutions for this.
Anyway i think this doesn’t make me a Digital Native, nore a Digital Immigrant but i like to refer to it as a Digital Nomad

Realizing all this made me alter my signature in my e-mails, inspired for the “typo-thing” by mailing with Marc Hodosh, into :

Kind regards,

Lucien Engelen

Sent by i-something : As for my life as a “Mobile Nomad” please excuse brevity and typos.Save