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A Few #HIMSS15 Twitter Tips and Tricks

Posted on March 27, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

If you haven’t been keeping an eye on the #HIMSS15 hashtag, it’s been incredibly active and we’re still a little over 2 weeks out from the event. I have no doubt that #HIMSS15 will shattered past years records for tweets at HIMSS.

While I’ve always been a huge fan of social media at conferences, I think it’s going to be used a bit differently at HIMSS 2015 than it’s been used in years past. I believe this, because I’ve seen it happen at other conferences that literally blow up the twitter stream for the conference hashtag. You have to take a different strategy.

Here are a few tips you might want to consider as you approach your use of Twitter at HIMSS 2015.

Get to Know Twitter Advanced Search – If you’re not familiar with Twitter’s advanced search feature, now’s the time to get familiar with it. The #HIMSS15 Twitter stream is so voluminous that advanced searches can be a really powerful way for you to find interesting people. For example, do a search for #HIMSS15 and people that are near whatever city you’re from. There’s nothing like traveling across the country to bond with people in your local area. If you’re looking for other Epic users, do a search for #HIMSS15 and Epic. Simple little filters like that will help you extract value out of the #HIMSS15 Twitter stream.

Create a Twitter List – Spend some time creating a Twitter list of people that you trust and respect that will be at HIMSS. Then, you can just check out the tweets from the people on that list. I’d suggest you add @ehrandhit, @HITMarketingPR and @techguy to that list, but I am a bit biased. A few others I’ll be watching are @nversel, @healthcarewen, and @mandibpro to name just a very few. I’d love to hear your list of #HIMSS15 people we should follow on Twitter in the comments.

Follow @HITConfGuy – The man behind this account does a lot of work to filter through the #HIMSS15 stream, so you don’t have to. I’m pretty sure this year I’ll be relying on this account a lot more than I have any other year. He does a good job keeping it interesting.

Interact with People Directly – Gone are the days that you can just say something on #HIMSS15 and get tons of responses. If you want to get a response from people, then mentioned them directly. Plus, you can tag someone in a tweet as well. You can be sure there will be some side threads happening with a whole group of interesting people tagged in the tweet. While we can’t always watch the full conference stream, most people watch when they’re mentioned or tagged on Twitter.

Check Out the Subtags – Each year, a number of new hashtags come out of the HIMSS conference. In fact, HIMSS puts together their official hashtag guide with all of them. However, even their list can be a bit overwhelming. I think the two hashtags that will be most interesting are #IHeartHIT and possibly #HITWorks. I’m happy that the #HITMC hashtag was also listed by HIMSS for those interested in social media marketing and influencing. I guess this article would technically be appropriate for the #HIMSS15Hacks hashtag.

Shake Hands, Dance, Share a Meal – While I love social media as much as the next person, don’t forget to enjoy all of the in person stuff that happens at HIMSS was well. For me, social media often facilitates many of the in person meetings and events that I attend. However, the opposite can also be the case. If you sit down and meet someone over lunch or on the dance floor at the opening reception, share and connect with them on Twitter. I always love when a year or two later someone tweets me with “Do you remember when…” and then usually “I’ve been following you ever since and…” Twitter is a fantastic way to stay connected with people you meet throughout the show.

There’s a few tips or tricks to get the most out of your interactions on Twitter. If you have other suggestions or if you disagree, I’d love to hear it in the comments.

#HIMSS14 Twitter Roundup – Take 2

Posted on February 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’re back again with some interesting tweets that I found from today’s #HIMSS14 Twitter stream.


Little summaries like this is why I love Twitter and why you can enjoy #HIMSS14 even if you don’t attend. I’m not sure I agree with the idea of a common EHR, but all the various EHR software need to exchange data.


There’s certainly a balance with the data. I’m honestly not sure if structured or unstructured will win out.


I like what Stoltenberg is doing as well. Although, I’ll be even more interested in their answers to the questions they receive.


We do have more knowledge in healthcare than ever before. Although, I think we’re still just at the brink of the information we will have in healthcare. We do need to start now to make sure we find the best ways to appropriately filter the information so that only the relevant information is shown in the right context.


The best part of HIMSS is the people. Especially when you dig in and learn the true realities. Most have really good intentions and goals.


One of the really beautiful parts of social media. Meeting people you feel like you know because you’ve engaged with them on social media.


Thanks Mandi for this amazing picture of the New Media Meetup. The place was hoping and so many people told me so many kind things about the event. I’m glad that so many people enjoy the event as much as I do. Thanks to Stericycle Communication Solutions for making the event go off so well. An enormous thanks to @tammylinntran and @mandibpro for helping me out at the check in. They are both beautiful people inside and out.

#HIMSS14 Twitter Roundup

Posted on February 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I think that Jim Hollis captured part of my experience at HIMSS14 really well:

Indeed! I’m so busy at HIMSS with meeting and talking with people that I have little time to tweet. I just do a little in the evening when I catch up and might send out a few tweets here or there. With that said, the #HIMSS14 hashtag has been hopping. Here are a few of the interesting tweets I found during day 1 of HIMSS.


I had another doctor tell me almost exactly the same thing today. It was her first time at HIMSS and it was interesting to have her describe the different in what she saw and heard at HIMSS and the realities she faced back at work.


Definitely interesting to see the packed room at HIMSS. I think that everyone is trying to figure out how analytics will influence outcomes, because no one knows how to do that yet. I wonder if the session did anything to improve on people’s understanding. My guess is it probably didn’t do much for those that attended.


This is a little self serving since it was from the session I did today with Shahid Shah and Cari Mclean on Social Media and Influencing. People had kind things to say about the event, so hopefully those that attended got value.


I just love these kind of pictures. Sorry you can’t blow it up bigger, but it covers most of the topics you’d expect to see.


I didn’t see this in person, but it looks pretty killer. I wonder what software they use to control them all. Or maybe they’re not connected to any specific software to coordinate them. Cool look though.

Also, it’s not a tweet, but check out this video that CDW launched at HIMSS (What Does the Doc Say?):

Social Media at #HIMSS14

Posted on February 10, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

It’s been really amazing watching the evolution of social media at HIMSS. It wasn’t too long ago that Shahid Shah was trying to convince HIMSS that bloggers should be invited to the event. Shortly after that, HIMSS held a set of Meet the Blogger panels and then put together a full blown HIMSS Social Media center with a number of great social media meetups at the conference. This year HIMSS even launched its social media ambassador program with our very own Mandi Bishop taking part.

This year I think we’re seeing the evolution of social media into essentially a standard part of the HIMSS conference. Just like you expect conference sessions, keynotes and an exhibit hall at the conference, you now expect social media to be there as well. Social media is finally a permanent tenant at HIMSS.

A you can imagine, much of my HIMSS participation will include and be influenced by social media. Shahid Shah, Cari McLean and myself will be hosting a #SocialMedia and Influence Meetup on Monday Feb 24, at 3:30 PM at the HIMSS Spot. Our plan is to dig deeply into social media and how it can be used most effectively. I’m sure the conversation will leak over into Tuesday night’s 5th Annual New Media Meetup. The event is nearly at capacity and should be the highlight of my HIMSS experience. A big thanks to Stericycle Communication Solutions for sponsoring the event.

Plus, I believe these two HIMSS events will be an amazing prelude to what we’re doing with the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference. At HIMSS we only have a couple hours, but at this conference we’ll have two days with some of the best health IT marketing and PR minds.

Of course, the #HITsm tweetup is also a great time to see so many #HIMSS14 social media influencers as well. Plus, I hear they’re looking to have a little different format this year than last. My hope is that this year we have more chance to meet and interact with those in the community who we’ve mostly known virtually.

What’s also been amazing to me is how much action the #HIMSS14 hashtag has had already. It’s certainly dominated by the companies that will be at HIMSS, but it’s been extremely active. If that’s a preview of what’s to come, then it will be interesting to see how much value will come from the #HIMSS14 stream during the event. Will there be so much noise in it that it’s not as valuable to follow?

Less than two weeks until HIMSS. Can’t wait to indulge in the 1200+ vendors and 35,000 attendees. I guess I am an #HITNerd.

Twitter Activity at HIMSS12

Posted on February 26, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As most of you know, I wrote about my “Social Media Day at HIMSS 2012” over on EMR and HIPAA. There’s little doubt that social media was a huge part of my HIMSS experience. In fact, quite frankly, social media is a big part of pretty much every conference I attend these days.

One thing became abundantly clear during my use of social media at and before HIMSS. One of the very best uses of social media is to connect people or as one person once told (or likely tweeted) me “Twitter takes out that awkward first time meeting barrier.” It’s amazingly true how much easier it is for me to go up and meet someone who I’ve already interacted with on Twitter. At least then I have at a minimum a little bit of background and at a maximum I’ve shared multiple deep interactions over a long period of time across the spectrum of social media.

Although, I must admit that despite my love of Twitter, I honestly didn’t use Twitter all that much mid-conference. I was too busy meeting with people (many of whom I’d connected with before the conference on Twitter). So, I was surprised when I got the following tweet:

The link takes you to a view of the #HIMSS12 twitter traffic using a service called tweetreach. The most interesting numbers for me are that it shows the #HIMSS12 Twitter tag reached 288,980 people with 2,589,816 impressions. Then, it lists the top contributions to the reach on Twitter during HIMSS. It lists @ehrandhit with 428,222 impressions (@techguy had 19,589). That means I created 17.3% of all the Twitter impressions for HIMSS that it tracked. Not too bad.

I’m sure these numbers can be massaged a lot of different ways, but I find them quite interesting. It’s particularly interesting since I was often too busy (sadly) to tweet. Although, I did have a couple sprints during the #HITsm tweetup and a few of the keynote sessions.

No matter how you tag it, new ways for technology to bring people together are here to stay.