what I learned this week

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I wrote my last blog post on Sunday morning,

and have spent bits and pieces of this week (so far) checking in on Twitter whenever I had a moment or two. Because I was on-service on Monday and Tuesday, there was really no block of "desk time" when I could sit in front of my computer and compose a full post.

So I tried to keep up with things happening on Twitter,

and tried to send out or re-tweet (indicated in a twitter message as RT before the @ sign that indicates the twitter name of the originator of the tweet) items that seemed to be of importance or interest to my "followers."  By using some services either on my computer or on my blackberry (TweetDeck and HootSuite) I can also post tweets to my facebook page or my LinkedIn accout).

Because I have put the tweet stream on the front page of this blog page those of you who read the blog but are not on twitter can also see what messages I am sending out to the twitter world.

This morning I tried something new; tweeting during our weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds. I was so impressed by the presentation given by Dr. Cordle because it emphasized a deep commitment here at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital (CCCH) [and indicated as a subject by the hashtag #CCCH on twitter] to patient safety and process improvement, I was tweeting every few minutes updates from his talk and the major take home messages throughout the lecture. I am certain that it must have appeared to the speaker as well as to the audience that I was rudely sitting in the second row, emailing or sending text messages, most likely unrelated to the subject. The lecture demonstrated the commitment on the part of all the docs, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, etc at CCCH to improve patient safety, decrease complications of bad diseases or their treatment, and make sure--and this is the most important--that our patients here can get the same level of excellent care for complex problems as they could at the biggest and most well-known children's hospitals. After all that is why I am here and what's important to me and all the providers:

That children in our region can obtain the best possible care "Close to Home."

I learned a lot about a number of other topics that passed my eyes on twitter: E coli in Europe, the continuing and ongoing increase in measles cases in the US, the stupidity of some of our elected officials when it comes to the use of social media, and the risks faced by children served by medicaid as lawmakers in many parts of the country look to cut costs however they can. Most likely I will tweet some items of potential interest from the upcoming meeting I am headed to in Cape May, but doubt I will write another blog post until after I return to Roanoke. So check back here to see the tweets, or by joining twitter and "following me", which you can easily do by clicking on the "join the conversation" link in the right hand column. OK, gotta run. Hope you all have a great weekend. Remember to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and not to leave children or pets unattended (even for a moment) in a closed vehicle--EVER!

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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