Military healthcare programs use social media to connect
The Military Health System (MHS) has launched a Social Media Hub on the MHS web site, www.health.mil, providing a “one stop shop” for its social media accounts.
MHS is a partnership of medical educators, researchers and healthcare providers. The Department of Defense enterprise includes the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the medical departments of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Combatant Command surgeons and TRICARE providers.
Located at www.health.mil/connect, the MHS Social Media Hub includes accounts from a variety of MHS entities including the Office of Health Affairs, TRICARE, Force Health Protection & Readiness, and the
The MHS maintains active accounts on several social networking services including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, MySpace, TroopTube and YouTube as part of a push to engage more of the individuals it serves—the 18- to 24 year-olds who comprise a large portion of the more than 1.4 million troops on active duty.
The Twitter feed has already shown impact with MHS stakeholders. According to a DOD release, Debbie Hendrix, an Army spouse with an autistic son relocating to