This week it’s my great pleasure to catch up with James Legan, MD, an Internal Medicine Physician, now in his 23rd year in Private Practice in Great Falls, Montana, USA. James blogs regularly about patient care and technology, and was an early adopter of live video streaming platforms Periscope and Blab. A talented painter, James is also one of the friendliest, kindest and most welcoming persons I have met online.
Hi James, I know you have a passion for combining technology with patient care, could you begin by sharing an example of how you do this.
JL: My passion has been sharing my experience with #ProjectedEHR, an approach that I have been using for the past two and a half years at the point of care with my patients. I use a wall mounted 24 inch screen in each exam room and as I walk in and greet the patient, hook the 14″ Acer Chromebook via HDMI cord to the large screen. Instantaneously the patient and I can look at their own data/information contained in their electronic record. I have had such a positive response with my own patients, I share this approach whenever I can get the chance.
When did you start using social media. What prompted you to get started?
JL: About 2 years ago I started with Twitter, which has been the “nest” for my Social Media Platform with links to my Periscope, Blab and WordPress sites. Desiring to share #ProjectedEHR as a way to give back to the Profession, with the intention of hopefully helping others in the medical arena is what got me started.
Which platform(s) do you enjoy using the most?
JL: I think all the platforms are a bit different and reach different followers, some merge, some separate. I like to blog for disseminating things learned along the way. I like Periscope to share fun things primarily, mostly on the weekends. Blab is a great way to brainstorm in small groups, and the next best thing to being together IRL (in real life) and better because of the connections world wide. So I like all of the platforms and don’t have any particular favorite, just mix it up depending on how I want to connect and with whom.
Which topics interest you – eg do you take part in any particular twitter chats?
JL: I particularly like topics regarding technology and patient engagement, and #HealthXPH, #HITsm #IrishMed and #HCLDR are twitter chats I have been most involved with
What advice would you give someone just starting out on social media?
JL: Don’t share anything you would not if printed on the front of your local newspaper, and have fun. Read Marie Ennis-O’Connor’s rules of social media, and don’t break them. 😉
Finally, would you like to share a favourite quote with us?
JL: “Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis,” from Sir William Osler.
Thanks James for taking the time to share with us your experience of using social media in your work. Your commitment to patient care shines through in everything you do.
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