I must admit that before launching Consano, I wasn’t on Twitter. I did not understand it. I also tend to be quite verbose, so constraining myself to 140 characters was daunting. Realizing early on that Twitter would be provide a useful stream of information, news and opinions about medical research, health care, patient experiences (and perhaps some entertainment, too!), I jumped on the bandwagon and haven’t turned back. And I managed to convince Scott (@ConsanoScott) to hop on board as well.

We have met some amazing people via twitter, and have started to participate in tweet chats as well. This enables us to share our ideas, get input on things that are important to us, and generally make some new friends. This past Tuesday, Scott and I were guests on the Healthcare Leader chat (#HCLDR).

Scott and I come from very different professional backgrounds, but have been able to come together and really complement each other through our experience developing Consano. Scott brings his medical expertise, patient interactions and care-giving perspective to the table. I bring my finance background (read: love of Excel!), strategic thinking and experience as a breast cancer patient to our team. Combining our strengths has made for a well-rounded approach to looking at problems. It has also made it really fun to work together in a way that we never have before.

So our first tweet chat this past Tuesday served as a nice date for us as well! We received really great input and comments from the #HCLDR community about what we’re doing at Consano. And the tweet chat generated 1.3 million impressions from 42 participants who shared 659 tweets! We are overwhelmed and invigorated by the amazing conversation and the reach from this tweet chat.

For those of you out there who are on Twitter, you can follow Consano (@ConsanoOrg), Scott (@ConsanoScott) and me (@ConsanoMolly). And please do explore the #HCLDR community. It is a vibrant group full of interesting people! For those of you who are not on Twitter, I encourage you to check it out. I have to say that one of my favorite forms of expression has always been the Haiku. I now think of Twitter as the modern form of the Haiku. I continue to be impressed by the people who can concisely express themselves in 140 characters or less. On that front, I’m still a Twitter work-in-progress!

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