Submit a proposal or join a team!

The Stanford Medicine X | Symplur Everyone Included™ Research Challenge asks all health care stakeholders to partner and uncover how social media is transforming health care. Whether you have a proposal idea or are looking to join a team, submit your information and we’ll match you with collaborators with similar interests. Submissions close on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 5 PM PST.

ABOUT STANFORD MEDICINE X | SYMPLUR EVERYONE INCLUDED™ RESEARCH CHALLENGE

Social media use in health care and medicine has transformed how stakeholders discuss problems and innovate solutions. Who benefits from social media engagement in medicine? To what extent does it help form communities of practice, help patients feel less isolated, and unite caregivers and researchers in the common goal to improve health and cure disease? What risks to patient privacy and health care might social media use impose? Who, if any, are being left out of these conversations? These are just a few important questions social media analytics might help elucidate.

Stanford Medicine X and Symplur are pleased to announce a joint initiative designed to spark scholarly research activity on health care social media. The Stanford Medicine X | Symplur Everyone Included™ Research Challenge asks all health care stakeholders to form partnerships and address one of the questions below:

        • How is social media transforming health care in 2016?
        • How is social media being used to innovate medical education
        • How can social media be used to create greater understanding between online health care communities? What can be learnt if they held joint TweetChats?

WHAT IS SYMPLUR SIGNALS?
Symplur Signals SNA

Symplur signals is a set of user-obvious social media analytics tools that helps researchers uncover trends and glean insights from large amounts of social media data tracked over time. Click here to learn more.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?:

We invite students, caregivers, patients, providers, researchers, technologists, informaticians, and all health care stakeholders to submit proposals, and form partnerships with each other to answer a research question.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?:

Stanford Medicine X rewards:

              1. One registration to Stanford Medicine X 2016
              2. Presentation at Stanford Medicine X
              3. Featured interview on Stanford Medicine X blog
              4. Submission to PLoS ONE, with fees covered by Stanford Medicine X upon acceptance.

Symplur rewards:

              1. One additional year of access to Symplur Signals to expand upon research for PLoS ONE submission (included in Stanford Medicine X rewards)
              2. Symplur Signals access will include up to 5 databases (terms, hashtags). Databases can be adjusted once every 3 months.

WHERE WILL I PRESENT MY WORK?:

If you are selected as a winner you will present your work at Stanford Medicine X 2016.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?:

You might be a researcher seeking an opportunity to gain expertise and experience in social media health care research. Or you might be a patient aiming to understand how patients in your community engage and seek health care information. Educators might want to uncover how students and faculty are teaching and learning from each other in the most innovative and effective ways. Anyone interested in social media and health care may benefit from participating in this challenge.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?:

Proposal submissions begin May and close on Friday, June 17, 2016. Six teams will be matched and their proposals will go on to the final stage of the challenge, this will be announced at the end of June 2016. These semi-finalists will then complete their research projects using Symplur Signals social media analytics platform. Final research abstract submissions are due July 30, 2016 and will be judged by an international team of social media researchers.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?:

To begin the challenge, develop a research proposal that includes a research question (hypothesis), research plan you propose to answer that question, and the patient community (or communities) you wish to research. Or you can indicate your interest and be matched with researchers seeking to answer the same questions.

ABOUT STANFORD MEDICINE X 

Stanford Medicine X is the leading academic conference on emerging technology and medicine. As a world-leader in social media engagement, Medicine X 2015 generated more than 160,000,000 social media impressions, trended #1 on Twitter and reached an estimated 5,500,000 unique individuals during the three day conference in September 2015.

ABOUT SYMPLUR 

Symplur is the leading health care social media analytics firm. Its research platform, Symplur Signals, promotes deep understanding of health care as seen by patients, doctors and other stakeholders with real-time access to insights from over a billion health care social media data points. It’s a web-based platform that invites an unparalleled voyage deep into the analytics of the global Twitter based conversations swirling around the topic of health care.