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Medical Center Adopts People-First Social Media Policy

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Today, we are beginning to tell our staff about the Social Media Participation Policy that we have created and have been communicating to managers for a month.

The entire effort was the result of an incredible collaboration between Communications, Legal, HR, IT Security, Nursing, Physicians, and our leadership that sought to find a solution that empowered use of social media while giving our managers tools to direct staff on the appropriate time and place to use social networks and other websites during the work day.

In addition to creating policy, we’ve also developed guidelines to help our people create social media that connects with their audience. 

We aren’t alone, Vanderbilt, Mayo, and the Cleveland Clinic have adopted similar policies.  Other institutions, like the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics shut down access to all social networking applications.  You can view a list of other health care organizations’ social media policies by visiting Ed Bennett’s blog.

To us, this was about balancing the attributes that create a workplace of choice and those that ensure the best care for our patients.  As we go forward with understanding, planning, and applying these social tools in health care, OSU is ready to once again, be a among the leaders.


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Leadership Insights Goes Live

We have been working on a project for the Ohio State University College of Medicine since June that is meant to replace the old way of communicating… the email newsletter.  Dr. Souba and the Deans were looking for a way to discuss important and relevant topics in different areas of leadership at a medical college and academic medical centers. 

What we came up with is Leadership Insights-Inciting Leadership.  The purpose is to create conversation around the scholarly topics of leadership and how they intersect with academic medicine.  You can see the blog here. 

During this process, a very smart person pointed out, “leadership can come from anywhere, it doesn’t happen just because of a title that is bestowed on you.”

Good call.

To that end, we want all levels of our organization to be involved in the conversation.  Let us know what you think!