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Finding Value in the #HIT100

Posted on July 27, 2016 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.

The #HIT100 has come to a close with plenty of controversy and discussion about the details of “the list.” In fact, there are two lists you can enjoy perusing. I’ll leave the controversy for someone else. As I mentioned when I hosted the #HIT99 last year, I’m not that interested in the ranking on the list. With just my own health IT Twitter accounts I could get someone in the top 75 (it was top 50 last year, so that’s an improvement as far as involvement) and so it’s easy to see how the system can be easily gamed. Such is life with any crowd sourced list. I’ll leave that to the data experts.

Instead, I find the most valuable parts of the #HIT100 in the nominating process itself and in the social discovery of everyone that’s nominated.

When it comes to the nominating process, it’s amazing to share and be shown gratitude. I believe in the power of gratitude and the #HIT100 is a great time to express appreciation to so many of the people on healthcare social media that have affected your life. Given the state of society, a little gratitude and recognition is a really beautiful thing. We need more of that, not less of it. I’m glad that most people enjoy the gratitude and don’t get lost in the competitive aspects of it.

As far as social discovery, I probably know or have seen most of the people in the top 100 of the #HIT100. Seeing them on the list is nice, but it doesn’t do much for me if I already know them and interact with them on a regular basis. That’s why I like to look beyond the Top 100 so I can discover new accounts I probably had never seen before.

For example, I like to look at the people who only got one #HIT100 nomination. There were 606 by my count and a bunch of them I’d never seen before. Some of these extraordinary accounts like @halletecco, @heatherhaugen, @histalk, @hospitalEHR, @healthITPR, @janoldenburg, @jenwebs, @jimmyweeks, @missykras, @naveen101, @pjmachado, @rrowleymd, @thedocsmitty, @thegr8chalupa, @davisjamie77, @davidblumenthal, @anthony_guerra, @annezieger, and @aneeshchopra all only got 1 vote and I’m sure that many of my readers don’t know them, but should. There are a lot more like them that can be discovered in the full list of people that were nominated to the #HIT100 (by my numbers it’s 921 people nominated total).

Since I find such value in the new account discovery that can happen by looking at anyone that’s been nominated to the #HIT100 or anyone that’s nominated someone to the #HIT100, I took @shimecode’s data and created this spreadsheet of everyone that was nominated and everyone that nominated someone else. There are a lot of incredible Twitter accounts throughout the list that are worth adding to your followers.

As has been noted by many people, there are a lot of people that impact healthcare and health IT that aren’t on social media or Twitter. That’s true and it’s ok. The #HIT100 is about those that are on social media. We could start a whole other list of people who aren’t on social media, but that would be a different list. In fact, maybe we should start a list of people we wish were on Twitter that aren’t. That would be fascinating.

All in all, I know that @theehrguy and @shimcode put a lot of work into processing the data for #HIT100. Which list is right and which list is wrong? The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t care. I’ll stick to enjoying the gratitude and social discovery that still exists in the #HIT100. Now, time to go through the list and see who else I should start following.

Awesome #HIT99 Profile Site

Posted on August 31, 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.

Communities are amazing and that’s especially true of the healthcare social media community. For those who didn’t see it, we recently held the #HIT99 to recognize and thank those people who’ve been active in the healthcare social media community. You can see the official #HIT99 rankings listed here along with a number of other lists to help you find some interesting healthcare people on social media.

Steve Sisko (@shimcode) did all the massive work associated with collecting the nominations for the #HIT99 and he published the raw data for anyone to use. We both hoped that people would use that data to do cool things for the community. Luckily Don Lee (@dflee30) did just that when he created the #HIT99 List site. Here’s a description of how the #HIT99 site came to be:

A few weeks ago on the #HITSM chat a bunch of people were talking about how it would be nice to have a central blog site for the HIT99 list. I suggested a relatively easy way to do it. Rather than being the “here’s how we should do this” guy who then does nothing, I went ahead and built it. My goal is to provide an MVP that solves just the original problem – create a central place for the HIT99ers to tell us some more about what they do and more importantly, why they do it.

I love what he’s started, because it’s always fun to learn something more about the people behind the list. He’s started collecting people’s profiles (including mine) and he has details for how to update your profile if you’re on the list and haven’t sent over your info yet. Let’s all support Don and get our profiles updated.

EMR Advocate Tops the #HIT100

Posted on July 20, 2012 I Written By

As Social Marketing Director at Billian, Jennifer Dennard is responsible for the continuing development and implementation of the company's social media strategies for Billian's HealthDATA and Porter Research. She is a regular contributor to a number of healthcare blogs and currently manages social marketing channels for the Health IT Leadership Summit and Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society. You can find her on Twitter @JennDennard.

Red carpets, velvet ropes and glitzy award events are not typical fodder for healthcare IT blogs. The recent release of the annual #HIT100 list, however, does give our industry a nice, fun excuse to pat each other on the back. (I’d be remiss if I didn’t point readers to a slightly different take on the list from John Lynn, who thankfully is never afraid to mix things up a bit. Not to mention 5 Healthcare Scene bloggers made the list as well.)

While the #HIT100 didn’t give me a good reason to don an awards-worthy get up, it did give me a great excuse to chat with #1 on the list, Linda Stotsky, aka @EMRAnswers. Linda wears a number of different hats at Ignis Systems Corp., which provides workflow integration and electronic interfaces between EMR systems and lab vendors. She is currently Senior Solutions Manager and Healthcare Social Media Strategist, and handles strategic business development.

What sort of value do you think lists like the #HIT100 bring to the healthcare community?
The #HIT100 list recognizes the #HITsm and #HealthIT communities on Twitter. This community is comprised of clinicians, physicians, health IT consultants and patient advocates. The purpose of the list is to recognize co-contributors in healthcare social media. The value in our collective voice includes enhanced collaboration, networking, support, emerging technologies and expanding one’s understanding of healthcare from the perspective of others. We are a social pulse over a wide spectrum of the healthcare community. Together, we champion for interoperability, data security, patient safety and better outcomes. Social media reflects real-world “Interoperability.” One voice doesn’t do the talking any more. We all do.

When did you start using social networking professionally? When did you set up the @EMRAnswers Twitter handle, and why?
A large part of my professional life has revolved around networking through every available format. Social media merely amped up this capability.  I stumbled across Twitter in 2008, during a downsizing. I hoped to extend my circle of connections. I was hooked almost immediately. @EMRAnswers was born out of my knowledge of electronic medical records and data systems.

How has social media impacted you professionally?
I’ve taken several companies into the Twitter-sphere kicking and screaming to show them the value of #hcsm. The professionals I’ve met through social media are some of my closest and most trusted business associates and friends. It is much larger than our individual title, product or pain. What I’ve witnessed is that we are part of a social conscience that connects through a deeper sense of purpose. Our chats include personal observations, information, shared ideas, best practice, progress and goals. I equate it to a professional “Think Tank,” with a simple agenda. We want to leave information technology a better place because of our passion, our solutions and our purpose. It’s an exciting place to be and I am fortunate to be a part of it.  We connect as a collective voice for patient safety, interoperability, and meaningful “Use-ability.” I cannot imagine my professional life without social media being a large part of it.

What will you do with this newfound notoriety? Any plans to go to Disney World?
Absolutely. My bags are packed.  Are the tickets in the mail?

Seriously, though, how do you see social media impacting healthcare – both now and in the future?
Social media represents a new frontier for healthcare. It offers a venue unlike any other. It allows physicians, clinicians, service providers and patients to open the lines of communication. It allows hospitals and physician practices to promote wellness and sponsor support forums for patients dealing with chronic health issues. It provides a voice for physician and patient to open a dialogue outside of normal working hours.  Companies like Symplur have made it easier to find information through “The Healthcare Hashtag Project.” The communication channel social media opens up establishes the groundwork for future sustainability. Clinical trials are being conducted using social media to study medication adherence in chronic disease management. Healthcare consumers are using social media to find the best physicians, services and hospitals.  Social media provides healthcare organizations with an easy to use predictive analytics tool, available at our fingertips. We have only touched the tip of the iceberg.

#HIT100: Healthcare IT Embraces Twitter in a Big Way

Posted on July 20, 2011 I Written By

As Social Marketing Director at Billian, Jennifer Dennard is responsible for the continuing development and implementation of the company's social media strategies for Billian's HealthDATA and Porter Research. She is a regular contributor to a number of healthcare blogs and currently manages social marketing channels for the Health IT Leadership Summit and Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society. You can find her on Twitter @JennDennard.

It’s not secret that social media continues to play an increasingly powerful role in connecting folks within the healthcare IT community. Sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter offer easy-to-navigate platforms that enable communication with peers on any continent, in any time zone. Twitter has become a personal favorite – both for its brevity and its simplicity. (Yes, I’ve heard promising things about Google+, but haven’t yet checked it out.)

The healthcare IT community has also embraced Twitter. Follow a variety of hashtags, including personal favorite #HITsm, and you’ll encounter a variety of opinionated, educated, and often humorous industry folk who, through their activity in the social space, are either emerging as thought leaders or bolstering their credibility as one.

The hashtag #HIT100 has been popular of late thanks to the crowdsourcing efforts of Michael Planchart, aka @theEHRguy. According to his Twitter profile, he is a “Healthcare Interoperability Consultant, Enterprise Architect for Healthcare IT and Standards Specialist.” According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a chief software architect at ProKSys. One thing is for sure – he is passionate about the healthcare IT community on Twitter. So much so that just a few weeks ago he began compiling nominations from his peers on Twitter of the top 100 tweeters (personal or company accounts) in the healthcare IT space.

The resultant list, published earlier this week, can be downloaded here: Final HIT100 Nominees. It is a great resource of folks to keep up with. (Be sure to check out @billians at #78!) Anne Zieger at EHROutlook.com (@ehroutlook at #86) has helpfully distilled the list into the top EMR/EHR tweeters.

I’ve met many in person at industry events, and know even more through Twitter. Hopefully I’ll run into Michael Planchart himself at some point. In the meantime, I chatted with him via email about why he wanted to take on this project, and why the healthcare IT community has embraced social media, particularly Twitter.

Why did you decide to embark on this project?

I wanted the healthcare IT community to vote for their most valued peers. Many well-intended folks would come up with their personal list and publish it. I wanted everyone to participate to create a more objective and transparent selection. This one may not yet be perfect, but it is open and publicly created. Hopefully, for 2012 we will have greater participation from many more folks. But for now, we have this to evangelize from.

Do you think there are more influencers in the #HIT space this year than last?

I know many of the folks that I follow and those that follow me. I’ve personally met many at RSNA, HIMSS and other healthcare events. But I’ve noticed a lot of newcomers to the social media space. Many of them I know as excellent contributors to healthcare IT, since I belong to the same standards committees that they do, although many times we work on different projects. What’s new is not them being in healthcare IT, but being in social media representing healthcare IT.

But answering your question more directly, yes there are many more participants this year. To be an influencer like John Halamka, Brian Ahier, Keith Boone, Matthew Holt and Dave deBronkart, just to name a few, most have some miles to go.

And why do you think there has been such an increase?

Twitter has been an open platform to create networks from the beginning. Linkedin and Facebook are too closed to create peer-to-peer networks. So Twitter has been highly influential in creating these peer-to-peer specialized networks like our #hcsm or #HIT groups.

I encourage you to take a look at the list and start connecting, communicating and educating. Be sure to follow this blog – @ehrandhit, and myself – @SmyrnaGirl, while you’re at it!