Are Your Social Media Channels Braced for Crisis?

March 28, 2018

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterMost health systems today have an established social media presence. But is it ready and able to flex in times of emergency?

When Hurricane Harvey struck the greater Houston area in August 2017, it left widespread flooding and devastation in its wake. With roads impassable and power outages in many areas, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s communication team quickly stepped up to leverage technology—including tapping into its strong social media footprint—to manage its response internally, and connect with residents throughout the region.

The health system’s ability to put technology to work to share critical information during the storm is a textbook case of how the latest tools can enable organizations to support employees, patients, and neighbors during a crisis.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top hospital for cancer care for 13 of the past 16 years. With so many people and families relying on MD Anderson’s life-saving care, an emergency plan is essential so that in any situation, patients and their families continue to have access to timely information, says Crista Latham, vice president of strategic communications at MD Anderson.

“Social media helps us to connect on a personal level with our audiences, sharing the latest advances in cancer care and research, educating about cancer prevention, and highlighting stories of inspiration and hope,” Latham says.

And since the Houston area is no stranger to hurricanes, MD Anderson prides itself on being prepared for the worst-case scenario, including having its social media team ready to jump in to provide potentially life-saving information. 

Read our new article now and learn how systems can use technology to help reach out to area residents during natural disasters:

Weathering Natural Disasters: Lessons Learned at MD Anderson Cancer Center

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