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Meet the Bloggers Panel Video and Dell Healthcare Think Tank at HIMSS12

Posted on March 9, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Meet the Bloggers Panel at HIMSS12
As many of you know, I was on a Meet the Bloggers panel at HIMSS 2012. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Charles Webster, MD (@EHRworkflow) was sitting on the front row filming us the whole time from a video camera he had attached to his hat #hatcam. I think some good information was shared for those interested in using blogging and/or social media in healthcare.

The moderator of the panel was Brian Ahier and the panelist were Healthcare Scene contributor Jennifer Dennard, Neil Versel from Meaningful Health IT News and Carissa Caramanis O’Brien of Aetna.

Neil was gracious enough to do all the work of embedding each video clips into a Meet the Bloggers at HIMSS post. So, instead, of embedding them all here, head over to his site to enjoy them. I will just embed one video of me talking about healthcare social media below:

One thing became abundantly clear at HIMSS. I love social media and know a little something about it. One of my favorite meetings was with a health IT vendor who wanted to tell me about them and talk about blogging/social media. They started asking questions about blogging/social media first and an hour later we were out of time. That interaction made me wonder if I should put together some one or two day social media training/strategy sessions for vendors. I think one key to social media is authenticity which means I think it’s hard to outsource it.

Dell Healthcare Think Tank
I didn’t participate in the Dell Healthcare Think Tank that happened at HIMSS, but two writers for Healthcare Scene did: Jennifer Dennard and Neil Versel. They posted the whole video for the event and I’ll embed it below. I was able to watch a good portion of it and found a number of the comments quite interesting. I find it really intriguing that Dell would hold an event like this. In many ways, this is how I get the knowledge and insight that I post on this blog. I spend time with many of the people that attended the think tank and we talk about the healthcare IT world.

The Visual MD: Seeing Your Health Can Help You Improve Your Health

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We have all been to the doctor and had tests done.  Usually doctors just say everything looks good.  Now, we are being given more information in terms of what the test results actually were, but unless you are a doctor the numbers and words probably don’t mean a whole lot to you.

The Visual MD is trying to change that by giving you a visual understanding of how healthy you really are.  The video below gives a much better description than I ever could, but I will share some of the things that stuck with me.

Their whole idea is based on telling people a story about their health.  To give them visuals of what it means to have high cholesterol, or how your organs are effected by you gaining or losing weight.  If people can actually see what advice from their doctor means, it becomes much more real for them.

It is all well and good to tell someone they need to lose 30 pounds because they will be healthier.  It is quite another to actually show them how their body will change if they lose that weight.  They can actually see the benefits of their efforts so that they have an incentive to improve their health.

At the end of the video Alexander Tsiaras says that this may have the biggest impact on healthcare since vaccines were created.  That is quite the claim, but I don’t think it is that far-fetched.  Current technology has made humans more visual than ever before, so if we can give people a real visual understanding of their health and what they need to do to change it, they will be much more successful.