Patient Communities, Twitter Portals and the Dosie Awards

While we're at it, here's SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT NUMBER 2 for today.

There are a number of people within the health care and social media spheres that I've come to respect for their knowledge, passion and drive for superior interactive marketing. I've never personally met these folks other than following them on Twitter, reading their blogs and in some cases working with them. I do know that I have learned much more than I've ever probably given back. Jonathon Richman at Dose of Digital and Fabio Gratton from Ignite Health both fall into that category.

Kudos to Jonathon for pulling together his inaugural Dosie Awards, which were created to award the best examples of social media in Pharma and health care. He demonstrates real leadership and in a relatively short period of time has attained category thought leadership as well. Just read his 10 Dinosaurs Digital Technology Will Make Extinct post and you'll see what I mean. Heck, read the whole blog, it's full of great insights.

The nominees for the awards were drawn from the Pharma and Healthcare Social Media Wiki you’ve seen on this blog. If a site or program was listed on the Wiki, then it was a nominee. This means there were about 550 nominees, so we had to pare this list down to a set of finalists. You voted for the finalists and we revealed the finalists a few weeks ago. You then voted on the finalists to pick the ultimate winners and now we have them. For the Pharma Company of the Year in Social Media award, a company needed to have at least five entries on the Pharma and Healthcare Social Media Wiki to be nominated.
I've also had the pleasure of speaking extensively with Fabio Gratton on a number of occasions and his passion for building relationships, communities and genuinely helping people is evident. This is not to mention his role and leadership in the FDASM hearings late last year and his industry knowledge. Kudos to him and Ignite Health for being the fuel to some of the activities that won Dosie awards. Here is a link to Pharma Live that gives the rundown on Ignite Health's role.

By the way, I am quoted because I worked with Ignite on a Twitter aggregation portal they developed that won the Bronze Dosie award winning branded patient community, which in turn contributed in part to winning SM company of the year.

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