The Final Update

by Ed Bennett on July 21, 2012

in Uncategorized

After a long run, I’ve decided to archive the Hospital Social Network List. The final update will be published at the end of August.

Additions and corrections must be received by Friday, August 17, 2012. The list will remain available as an archive, but no changes will be made after this final update.

Thank you for participating – it’s been fun. I’ll answer any questions in the comments.

UPDATE – July 23, 2012
I’ve had several questions via Twitter, email and the comments below, so I’ll answer the main one here:

Why are you shutting down the list?
This wasn’t an easy decision, but there were several factors leading me to this choice:

Time – Maintaining the list was a manual process, and took more time as it grew. I wanted to automate the process, but never found a programming partner.

Passion – The last update was in October, 2011, almost ten months ago. I used to do updates every month, but over the years maintenance became a chore and updates lagged.

But the most important reason is:
My goals have been achieved. The purpose of the list was simple – make hospital leadership pay attention to Social Media and take it seriously. When I started the list in 2009 Social Media was a sideshow, something to fear not embrace. The list was a tool for hospital Web, Marketing and Communications staff who wanted to change that perception.

Things are different now, and I believe the list had a part in that transformation.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise Silber July 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations for all the hard work you put into this!


michaelD July 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I’m sad to learn that you’re bringing HSNL to an end. It’s a masterful work and an equally important resource for the industry. I know I’m not alone in stating my surprise at this development. That said, kudos to you and your ongoing efforts to develop and provide this list with such generosity. – Michael D


Mbabcock July 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

Bummer. This list is a great resource. What’s the reason for it’s demise?


edbennett July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

See update above


Michelle Kraft July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thank you for all your hard work.  It was a great resource many of us used.


Tony Byrne July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

Hi Ed-

Congrats for building this and maintaining it for so long.  There’s a lifecycle to these sorts of volunteer efforts and I think it’s only fair that you declare it a success and move on.


edbennett July 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Declare victory and retreat!


Dragosta July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi, Ed,

Thanks for doing the list.  It was very helpful for me as I was bringing our facility into the world of socail networking!   Deb Ragosta, Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford, MA


brianahier July 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

Ed, you have made a HUGE impact with this list and it has been a very valuable resource. Thank you for your great work.


Jason Boies July 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

This was a valuable resource for me when I first began looking into social media adoption in Healthcare as part of my position with Radian6.  

I’ve sent so many people to this site that I’ve lost track.

Thanks for your work on this, Mr. Bennett.


Jason Boies
Radian6 Community


Falck Productions July 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

You did a remarkable job all these years. Thank you for maintaining it for so long.


Audun Utengen July 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm


Thank you so much for all the work you have done over the years. From building and maintaining the Healthcare Hashtag Project together with Tom, I can relate with how much time is consumed just to maintain a list. Few people will understand and perhaps even appreciate how much work you have put into this.



Kathy Divis July 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

Thanks for all the good data through the years. Much Appreciated.


Jeremy Riga July 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

Have you considered making the list open-source and community maintained?


edbennett July 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I’m looking at several options.


Nick July 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Ed – your efforts and the list were invaluable to all of us early adopters! 


P Burke July 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thank you for your efforts. Much appreciated.


rdjfraser August 3, 2012 at 12:56 am

This made my morning a bit sad. I completely understand and I echo all the statements below. Thank you for the time you did invest, the value you created to all of us was and is immense. We are all in your debt. If our paths do ever cross drinks are one me! Please let me know if there is something I could do to help, volunteer time etc. 

Thanks again!


Simon Sikorski MD August 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for your leadership Ed!


Steven Daviss MD August 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Ed, you’ve been a quiet leader in moving the hospital industry towards 2-way engagement w/consumers via  SM. TY for doing it (and have fun at #hcsmtx).


Daisy August 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thank you for all your work in bringing to light the importance of social media in healthcare! 



Taylor Walsh September 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

Ed, thanks so much for your leadership and the care with which you’ve created this great resource.   It has really been the best tangible evidence of your constant refrain that the patient/consumer has been leading the adoption of social for their health.


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