Category Archives: Social Media

What Twitter, and These EMS Influencers, Mean to Me

The thing I love most about conferences is the unexpected things I learn. Like everyone else, I attend certain sessions on topics I need to know more about, but in-between these official talks there are millions of opportunities (casual conversations) to hear things I never knew I needed to know. To me, this is the […]

Influencing Paramedics on Twitter

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I like lists. They are typically neat and definitive. I am sure that my friend @ChecklistMedic would agree that they also help bring order to the chaos that often defines our work in the field. For those of us trying to leverage social media to keep current on EMS thought (or “Community Paramedicine” or “Mobile […]

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 3

Even if you do not subscribe to the idea of such significant change to subsidized out of hospital care, there are other potentials for community involvement that will pragmatically improve the effectiveness of emergency care such as empowering bystanders to act.

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 1

One aspect of improving performance is responding appropriately in less time – not necessarily just responding “faster.” Technology must be evaluated by “outcome” just as patient treatments are being qualified and improved.

Social Media – To Filter or Not to Filter?

I have to admit that I didn’t notice when the DC Fire/EMS Twitter account feed went silent on August 30.  A fact that I continued not to recognize until I read the article “#Silence: Fire and EMS Twitter Feed to be ‘Filtered’” broadcast in a tweet just this morning.  According to Chief Kenneth Ellerbe in a press […]

Quick Thoughts from Pinnacle EMS 2011

Good crowd this year of nearly 400 EMS leaders from around the country to share best practices on EMS leadership and performance.  Unfortunately, I arrived a little late yesterday but still managed to get involved in some of the roundtable discussions on “Key Questions for Critical Decisions” where attendees spent 30 minutes at a table […]

Social Media: The ‘Why’ Needs to Come First (Part 2)

In the first half of this two-part blog, I discussed the outwardly directed reasons for using social media.  Those are the reasons that relate to communicating a message from your organization to a specific audience.  Just like older media forms, social media provides a mechanism for telling your own story but without external filters and […]

Social Media: The ‘Why’ Needs to Come First (Part 1)

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Since I started “doing social media” back in 2009, I have found plenty of great articles with tips covering the “how-to” and etiquette for lots of specific social media tools (here are some good articles on Twitter, Facebook, and video blogging use for instance.)  There is even an excellent post on overcoming social media roadblocks.  Likewise, I have also heard […]

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