Periscope, Social Video-Streaming, and Health IT Social Media Tweetchats: Disruptive, Additive, Or Complementary?

I love Twitter, now. It took me a couple years before I truly became addicted (different post!). I immediately glommed onto Periscope, though. I’ve written several posts about Periscope in healthcare, health IT, and health IT social media. First I noticed how it could crowdsource actual real-world problems, when it helped me install new hubcaps on my car. I mused about patients and physicians finding support and expertise on live-streaming social video services, while acknowledging privacy issues. Then I saw how @Jimmie_Vanagon actually interviewed one of his patients about EHR workflow! I’ve been on Blab a couple times with @techguy, which is great for just-in-time conversation before a virtual audience. Then, most recently, I saw something that sounds simple, but how it sounds does not do it justice, you’ve got to hear AND see it.

Kathy Nieder, MD (@docnieder), family medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, read and commented on tweets during last night’s #HCLDR tweet chat (HealthCare Leadership, Tuesday’s, 8:30 PM EST). The subject was the importance of listening in healthcare. Now, when the subject is healthcare IT and workflow tech, I’m in there, tweeting like crazy. But sometimes I just want to sit back and, well, listen! So Jimmie and I sort of leaned on Kathy to skim #HCLDR tweets, find the gems, and add context and commentary, all the while cheerfully greeting and conversing with 115 live viewers. Basically, instead of scrolling like crazy through 100s (1000s?) of tweets, and creating typos like an I don’t know what, I relied on someone who listens in healthcare for a living. I hope you’ll listen to at least just a bit of Doc Nieder’s live-streamed video meta-commentary about Twitter commentary about listening in medicine.


If you do, I believe you’ll see great potential for future similar uses of Periscope, Meercat, Blab, and other real-time interactive social live-streaming video services in health IT social media.

Now, whether or not Periscope and similar are “disruptive” or complementary or just additive, I don’t know. But I eagerly look forward to finding out!

Thank you Kathy! BTW, Jimmie, your daughter’s basketball games? (J. participated in K.’s scope while watching his daughter sink hoops!) They’ll only keep you out of the #Periscope tweetchat hot seat for so long… where are you? I’m gonna check the game schedule.

P.S. And wareFLO on Periscope.

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  1. Posted September 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    The thing about someone else curating a chat is I feel like they’re not reading everything and I’m missing out on some tweets that I might find interesting. I don’t think I’m brave enough to sit back and just watch someone else curate a Twitter chat’s tweets for me.

    On the other side of things, when I’m on Periscope during a Twitter chat I hate that those on the chat can’t hear what I’m saying. I feel an almost obligation to be a good Twitter chat participant and share what I say on Periscope on Twitter as well with the hashtag.

  2. chuckwebster
    Posted September 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Exactly the same issues occur to me as well. That’s why I’d only want to listen to someone Periscope a tweet chat if I felt they could do a better job than me at picking out the gems and providing useful context from personal experience, which is what Doc Nieder did.

    Right now, I can basically any two of three things: read tweets (to myself), tweet and respond to tweets, or read and comment about tweets on Periscope. This particular topic, authentic listening in healthcare, is not something I typically tweet about, but I know Doc Nieder likely has incredible experience and competence in this area. So I was willing to turn over the reins and allow her to direct my attention to what she thinks was most important. This may in fact be a rare occurrence, since I’m such an know-it-all (and I acknowledge it!).

    But I do think there is something very interesting going on here, between the short, textual, sound-byte-ish world of Twitter, where it’s so easy to mistake intentions and to lose context, versus the long-form, conversational, facial expression and body language world of Periscope and related video streaming apps.

    Perhaps it’s not possible to have the best of both worlds, perhaps we will need to choose and then stick with one or the other, but I hope not. The fact that Twitter bought Periscope for $100M leads me to suspect they think there is a synergy too, and not just for tweeting links to Periscope sessions. As I mentioned one of the comments on K’s scope, I think it’d be cool if I could share someone’s comment on Periscope into my Twitter timeline, along with perhaps a screenshot (or maybe a short video clip leading up to the comment).

    [9/22/15 CW: Ha! Did I call this or did I call this. Periscope just added (so far to the iPhone app, version 1.21) exactly what I predicted: ability to tweet a screenshot:



    Just as Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag, it’s users did, I think Periscope users are going to invent all kinds of interesting things, all the way from commenting on tweet chats to maybe even sophisticated mashups, particularly when we can embed real-time scopes into blogs, and Periscope exposes its API in the same manner that Twitter already has.

    In fact, I suspect it will be people like you who do this cool stuff! :)

    Anyway, very thoughtful comments from you, and I look forward to what every the heck is going to happen next in this realm!

  3. Posted September 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I love the mashup and embedding concept. Hopefully we’ll make it that far with video that we can easily clip out a section of a periscope with the comments and embed it. That would be a killer feature!

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