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Social Media to Enhance the 2017 Annual Assembly

by Christian SinclairThe Annual Assembly of AAHPM and HPNA is right around the corner and if you are going to Phoenix, or staying home to keep things running smoothly, social media can help make your conference experience be transformative. Since 2009, the Assembly has been making use of Twitter to provide additional insight, commentary and sources for the multiple sessions each day. Now things are expanding to dedicated conference apps, Facebook and Instagram. And for the first year ever we have Twitter contests.The official hashtag of the conference:#hpm17 (works on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), use it in every tweet this week! To make it easy to include the hashtag in every Tweet, you can sign in toTweetchat.com ortchat.io on your tablet or desktop. (Are you wondering why the hashtag for our interprofessional field/assembly is #hpm and not #hpc?Read more here.)Here is apost on how Twitter can be helpful at a healthcare conference. Other key hashtags for the conference will be added here to this Google Document.The Pallimed Network will feature content across multiple platforms and will include the HPM chat account from Twitter.Pallimed Network AccountsTwitter (@pallimed) - run by Allie Shukraft, Kristi Newport and Christian Sinclair during the conferenceTwitter (@hpmchat) - run by Lori Ruder and Ashley Deringer during the conferenceFacebook - run by Megan Mooney-SipeFacebook event page (unofficial) - Team effortFacebook event page (#HPMparty)...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: facebook sinclair twitter Source Type: blogs

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