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Next week I will be at the Thirtieth Annual International Interprofessional Technology Conference, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. The event is being organised by the Rutgers College of Nursing, Center for Professional Development. The conference theme this year is “Using technology to improve healthcare globally”. I will be be presenting “From E.T.Net and nrsing-l to Facebook and Twitter: nurses’ changing use of global online communications for improving healthcare”, a session prepared jointly with my colleague Scott Erdley, and will also be chairing/moderating a panel session on “Where Are We In The United States in Implementing HIE?”

I think that this will be about the tenth time I have attended this conference since the first time in 1995, when it was held in Princeton, NJ; that was the occasion of my first ever visit to the USA and presentation at an international conference (which depends if you count Scotland ion ‘international” or not ;-0 ). back in 1995, my talk was titled “Nurses talking: a discourse analysis of nurses’ discussions on the Internet” – so you can see a common theme, revisited this year, around nurses’ online communications, and several of the talks in the intervening years have touched on similar issues.

Information about the conference is at http://nursing.rutgers.edu/conferences/30th-annual-international-interprofessional-technology-conference  I hope to blog and tweet from the event- at http://www.hi-blogs.info and via @peterjmurray with hashtag #Rutgers30

UPDATED 07 May, 2012 – the presentation (Murray & Erdley) mentioned above is on Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/drpeter/murray-rutgers30  There are several blog posts at http://www.hi-blogs.info

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Today I gave my presentation on “Web 2.0 and social media in medical education” to the MEI2012 conference (http://www.mei2012.org/). Unfortunately, I was not able to be in Thessaloniki, Greece for the event, much as I would have liked to be there (so, no duty-free for me this time, Scott .. ;-(  ). However, due to the wonders of modern technology – OK, Skype, then – I was able to give my talk. Many thanks to Panos and the other organisers for facilitating this. It was also good to be able to interact with the event through the live streaming that they provided, and through the Twitter stream (hashtag: #mei2012).

While I have been doing conference reports via blogs, and latterly Twitter, for over 7 years now, it was an interesting experience to be sort of on the other end of things. Doing the presentation from home, it was also easier for me to keep an eye on the Twitter stream, and a little easier to interact in that way than if I had been stood presenting at a podium (I have, in the past, tried to tweet while presenting – works better when you are a panel member and someone else is speaking).  The use of social media to provide this kind of real-time interaction with events is definitely the way forward. I know it has been practiced, and I have participated, through, for example the Medicine 2.0’10 and 2.0’11 conferences, it is good to see this interaction – and benefit to the ‘remote participant’ being developed by other events too. The Twitter interaction can also be see by tools such as http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/mei2012/

My presentation is online at http://www.slideshare.net/drpeter/web-20-and-social-media-in-medical-education