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Procrastinator’s Guide to #HIMSS18 and Other Conferences

Posted on March 1, 2018 I Written By

Colin Hung is the co-founder of the #hcldr (healthcare leadership) tweetchat one of the most popular and active healthcare social media communities on Twitter. Colin speaks, tweets and blogs regularly about healthcare, technology, marketing and leadership. He is currently an independent marketing consultant working with leading healthIT companies. Colin is a member of #TheWalkingGallery. His Twitter handle is: @Colin_Hung.

I have a confession to make. I have never actually managed to follow any of the popular advice that encourages people to prepare for HIMSS weeks in advance.

As I think back across the 12 HIMSS conferences I have attended, I can’t remember a single time when I started earlier than the week before (the only exception being booth logistics). I never reached out to people to pre-arrange meetings. I never looked at the session schedule more than 5 days before the conference. Even when I was in a sales and business development role, I always found myself scrambling with a week to go.

As I moved into Marketing roles, I did do a little more planning, but it was mostly to make sure the booth had power, carpet, etc. Inevitably I would start my personal HIMSS planning the week before the big event.

So if you find yourself in the same situation for #HIMSS18 (which starts next week) take heart. There is still time to maximize your HIMSS time. Here is my Procrastinator’s Guide to HIMSS18 (and other conferences as well). Enjoy.

Attend as many meetups as you can

Meetups are hands-down the most productive networking events at HIMSS. It doesn’t matter if it’s an official HIMSS meetup (usually held at HIMSS Spot or in the HIMSS Booth) or one that is hosted by a company. Meetups attract thought-leaders and key industry influencers. This is a double-bonus. Not only will you get the chance to connect with the experts leading the discussion, but they will draw in a big crowd of people which provides the opportunity for rich networking.

Do a quick search on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or even Google for “HIMSS18 meetup”. Find a meetup that matches your interests or is aligned with the product/service you offer and put it in your calendar. Another great starting point is this list of meetups that John Lynn put together for #HIMSS18.

Arrive to the meetup 10min before it starts, smile and meet as many people as you can. When you hear an interesting idea, turn to the person next to you and comment on it. Don’t worry, audience participation is encouraged at meetups (it’s not a panel presentation after all). Even better, ask a good question or offer up an interesting fact.

At each meetup it is possible to connect with 5-10 people. Who says you need to pre-arrange all your HIMSS meetings?

Search for sessions where your target audience will be

If you are in a Sales or Marketing role one of the best ways to meet people who might be interested in the products/services you offer is to attend related sessions. Use the HIMSS Session Search feature on the conference website or in the HIMSS app and look for educational sessions on topics that align. For example: “remote patient monitoring” or “care coordination” or “physician communication”.

Attend the session and get to know as many of your fellow audience members as you can. In Marketing-speak, anyone in the audience has just self-identified themselves as an early stage buyer. Mine for the gold!

Pro Tip I: Arrive early. Preferably as the prior session is ending so that you can get in and secure a good seat.

Pro Tip II: If you are interested in connecting with someone from a specific organization. Use the session search on the HIMSS website and type in the name of the organization. Anybody speaking from that organization will appear in the results. Hang out after the presentation for your chance to connect.

Download interesting presentations ahead of time

One of the toughest challenges when building slide decks and blog posts is finding relevant statistics. Luckily HIMSS presentations are full of useful facts and figures. Search for sessions on topics that interest you or that you sell into and download the presentation. Voila your research is done.

Plan on visiting with industry media

If you are a small or medium-sized company, it is almost impossible to get the attention of editors, reporters and writers at healthcare publications at HIMSS. This is my first year attending HIMSS as a member of the press and I can tell you first-hand that there is literally no way I can fit another meeting into my calendar and it was filled a couple of weeks ago. As a result I have dozens of unread media-request emails that I simply cannot get to.

If connecting with media is on your HIMSS to-do list, then use the HIMSS Exhibitor Search feature to see if the particular publication has a booth in the exhibit hall. Be friendly to the business development folks in the booth and they will help get you in touch with the writer/editor that you are trying to connect with.

Pro Tip III: If you REALLY want to connect with a particular person at a publication, you can try heading to the HIMSS Press Room and asking for them. The Press Room is the place that HIMSS sets aside for people to write their articles and conduct interviews. It’s also the unofficial place where media folks hang out when they have a lull in their schedule.

Pro Tip IV: Check out the New Media Meetup which Healthcare Scene organizes every year. The event attracts bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers and traditional media. It is a fantastic place to connect. This year’s event is sponsored by CareCognitics.

Team up with one of your clients and become their party agent

There is no shortage of evening events at HIMSS, especially when it is in Las Vegas. If you didn’t get a pre-HIMSS invitation, don’t worry (for years I never got a single invite and I still only get a handful). Many companies recruit attendees to their evening soirees during the conference itself. If you are a fellow vendor, however, it can sometimes be awkward to try and get into someone else’s event.

In the past I have teamed up with one of my clients (usually one I enjoy hanging out with) and I become their party “agent”. I grab a few of my client’s business card at the start of HIMSS and I carry them with me. When I see an interesting party I walk up and ask for an invitation for myself and my client. I drop their card to show that I am legitimately asking on their behalf. It won’t be long before your evening is full. Just don’t be that person that uses this tip and then doesn’t bring the client.

Buy coffee for a stranger

Many salespeople and marketers attending HIMSS are measured on the number of “new contacts” garnered from the event. This type of measure encourages booth denizens to aggressively flag down people walking past their booths to try and scan their badge. I admit I used to do this, but it always made me feel slimy. Then one day I stumbled onto a better method when I decided to do a good deed at HIMSS09. I bought a coffee for a total stranger. Seriously.

One morning I decided that I wanted to brighten someone else’s day. I was in line at Starbucks and I just decided to pay for the order of the person who had also just ordered at the register next to me. The gentlemen, who had been in a #HIMSSHaze perked up and smiled. It turned out he was the CIO of mid-sized hospital. We spoke for 15min at the Starbucks and we exchanged cards. I tried it five more times that day and each time I had a great conversation and ended up with a strong connection.

Try it. You’ll be surprised at how effective this is…and you’ll feel amazing having done a good deed.

So there you have it. With just a few days before #HIMSS18 there is still time to do all the things above. Play your cards right at #HIMSS18 (sorry couldn’t resist the Vegas cliché) and you’ll come home with new friends and valuable connections.

See you in Vegas!

 

Some Of The Questions I Plan To Ask At #HIMSS18

Posted on February 23, 2018 I Written By

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

As always, this year’s HIMSS event will feature enough noise, sound and color to overwhelm your senses for months afterward. And talk about a big space to tread — I’ve come away with blisters more than once after attending.

Nonetheless, in my book it’s always worth attending the show. While no one vendor or session might blow you away, finding out directly what trends and products generated the most buzz is always good. The key is not only to attend the right educational sessions or meet the right people but to figure out how companies are making decisions.

Below, here are some of the questions that I hope to ask (and hopefully find answers) at the show. If you have other questions to suggest I’d love to bring them with me to the show —  the way I see it, the more the merrier!

-Anne

Blockchain

Vendors:  What functions does blockchain perform in your solution and what are the benefits of these additions? What made that blockchain the best technology choice for getting the job done? What challenges have you faced in developing a platform that integrates blockchain technology, and how are you addressing them? Is blockchain the most cost-efficient way of accomplishing the task you have in mind? What problems is blockchain best suited to address?

Providers: Have you rolled out any blockchain-based systems? If you haven’t currently deployed blockchain technology, do you expect to do so the future? When do you think that will happen? How will you know when it’s time to do so? What benefits do you think it will offer to your organization, and why? Do you think blockchain implementations could generate a significant level of additional server infrastructure overhead?

AI

Vendors: What makes your approach to healthcare AI unique and/or beneficial?  What is involved in integrating your AI product or service with existing provider technology, and how long does it usually take? Do providers have to do this themselves or do you help? Did you develop your own algorithms, license your AI engine or partner with someone else deliver it? Can you share any examples of how your customers have benefited by using AI?

Providers: What potential do you think AI has to change the way you deliver care? What specific benefits can AI offer your organization? Do you think healthcare AI applications are maturing, and if not how will you know when they have? What types of AI applications potentially interest you, and are you pilot-testing any of them?

Interoperability

Vendors:  How does your solution overcome barriers still remaining to full health data sharing between all healthcare industry participants? What do you think are the biggest interoperability challenges the industry faces? Does your solution require providers to make any significant changes to their infrastructure or call for advanced integration with existing systems? How long does it typically take for customers to go live with your interoperability solution, and how much does it cost on average? In an ideal world, what would interoperability between health data partners look like?

Providers: Do you consider yourself to have achieved full, partial or little/no health data interoperability between you and your partners? Are you happy with the results you’ve gotten from your interoperability efforts to date? What are the biggest benefits you’ve seen from achieving full or partial interoperability with other providers? Have you experienced any major failures in rolling out interoperability? If so, what damage did they do if any? Do you think interoperability is a prerequisite to delivering value-based care and/or population health management?

What topics are you looking forward to hearing about at #HIMSS18? What questions would you like asked? Share them in the comments and I’ll see what I can do to find answers.

We’re Talking #HIMSS18 – #HITsm Chat Topic

Posted on February 20, 2018 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 excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/23 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by the #HIMSS18 Social Media Ambassadors. Appropriately so, we’ll be talking about the upcoming HIMSS 2018 annual conference.

While HIMSS18 is an exciting chance to bring the various communities within health IT together in one place, the sheer volume of conference offerings, social media activity, and attendees can quickly make the experience exhausting. Social media, if navigated thoughtfully, can make this experience even more enriching – whether you are joining your colleagues in Las Vegas or following along from home.

That’s why the #HITsm and #HIMSS18 Twitter communities will be coming together to discuss:

  • Market and technology trends to be on the lookout for via social media and from the conference itself
  • Tips & best practices to effectively manage your (social media) conference experience
  • Networking opportunities and how to best connect with colleagues onsite and via social media

The HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors will be in attendance for this chat to help share some of their social media savvy and conference expertise to guide you in your planning. The topics we will cover include:

T1: What #HIMSS18 conversations would signal positive trajectory for IT closing gaps in health(care) disparities? #HITsm

T2: With so much happening at #HIMSS18, what tips do you have to stay on top of relevant conversations and announcements to come out of the conference? #HITsm

T3: What emerging technologies (some of which will highlighted at #HIMSS18) give you hope for making positive change in health and care delivery? #HITsm

T4: If you were to launch a social media campaign at HIMSS18 to unearth challenges or highlight successes for health IT, what would it be and why? #HITsm

T5: What are the biggest pitfalls #HIMSS18 exhibitors succumb to when driving booth engagement? What advice do you have for them? #HITsm

T6: Who are you looking to meet at #HIMSS18 or connect with via social media and why? #HITsm

What other planning tips or questions do you have? Share them and connect with others using the #HITsm + #HIMSS18 hashtags on Twitter.

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
3/2 – Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare
Hosted by Corinne Stroum (@healthcora)

3/9 – TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

Connecting and Meeting Up with People at #HIMSS18

Posted on February 14, 2018 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 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference is just over 3 weeks away. For those not familiar with the event, it’s the behemoth of healthcare IT conferences which brings together 40,00-50,000 attendees and 1300 exhibitors at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. It’s a week long healthcare IT extravaganza where you can connect with a wide variety of people from across the industry. However, it can no doubt be overwhelming for those attending for the first time (or even the 20th time for that matter).

If you talk to anyone who attends conferences regularly, they usually comment that the best part of the conference is spending time engaging with attendees and learning from their experience. This idea resonated so much with me that last year I decided to put together a series of meetups at HIMSS17. It was a smashing success of engagement, learning, and connection. After that success, we’re back with a wonderful schedule of meetups at HIMSS18 as well.

These meetups are open discussions. We generally feature a panel of influencers, thought leaders, and all-around interesting people who can make sure everyone gets a lot of value from the meetup. However, we want you to get involved as well. At these meetups, we encourage questions and comments from the audience so we can all learn and share with each other. We hope you’ll join us to share your insights, experiences, and perspectives and learn from others in the community.

So, without further ado, here’s our schedule of meetups at the HIMSS 2018 Annual Conference! Only the New Media Meetup requires registration. All of the rest you can just show up and attend.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 HIMSS Meetups

Physician Communication Meetup
Tuesday, 3/6, 11:00-11:45 AM at the Voalte Booth #7131
Coordinating communication among care teams is a challenge every hospital faces. One of the most difficult aspects is how to manage physician communication. Bringing physicians into the care team communication loop can improve care, lower costs and increase efficiency. Join Danielle Siarri (@innonurse), Shahid Shah (@ShahidNShah), Angela Kauffman (@Voalte), Andrew Burchett, DO (@drandrew76), Candace Capps (@lbsolutions), and Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) for a discussion about the challenges of physician communication and how to overcome them.

Consumer Solutions for a Positive, Healthier Patient Experience Meetup
Tuesday, 3/6, 12:50-1:35 PM at the MEDITECH Booth #1360

Do your patients feel connected to their physicians and other healthcare providers? Do they feel they are being listened to, and do they have access to the information they need to stay healthy and engaged? Join this meetup with Helen Waters (@HelenMEDITECH), Andrew Burchett, DO (@drandrew76), Max Stroud (@MMaxwellStroud), Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), Randy McCleese (@McCleeseRandy), and John Lynn (@techguy) where we’ll discuss how the MEDITECH patient portal and MHealth Apps keep patients informed and connected using features like direct appointment booking, provider messaging, integration with wearables, online questionnaires, and more. We’ll also talk about embedded video visits and how they provide patients with a personal and convenient means of interacting with their own physicians.

Data Hygiene in Healthcare: The First Step to Getting Value Out of Your Data Meetup
Tuesday, 3/6, 2:00-2:45 PM at the DellEMC Booth #3613

Digital transformation is happening in healthcare. With digitization, comes automation. With automation comes more applications. With more applications, comes more data. ‘Dirty data’ might cost you more than you realize…especially when it’s stored in legacy applications that are not managed well. Join the discussion with David Dimond (@NextGenHIT), Dan Trott (@DanTrottDell), Geeta Nayyar, MD (@gnayyar), Linda Stotsky (@EMRAnswers), Michael Joseph (@HealthData4All), James Lowey (@loweyj), Dr. Nick van Terheyden (@drnic1), Michael Archuleta (@Michael81082), and John Lynn (@techguy) and share your insights into this important topic.

HIMSS Social Media Ambassador Meetup
Tuesday, 3/6, 3:00-3:45 PM at the HIMSS Spot, Level 2, Lobby C

We’re honored that two of Healthcare Scene’s bloggers, @colin_hung and @coherencemed, were selected as 2 of 20 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors. This is a select group of some of the most influential people in healthcare IT social media. This meetup organized by HIMSS will bring together the 20 social media ambassadors to talk about insights into healthcare IT, HIMSS18, and social media.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 HIMSS Meetups

Data Innovation: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – it’s happening… Meetup
Wednesday, 3/7, 11:00-11:45 AM at the DellEMC Booth #3613

It’s no secret, the healthcare industry has an (over) abundance of data. There are lots of mergers/acquisitions and consolidations taking place in the industry which only complicates matters and intensifies the playing field. There is likely a ton of analysis that’s not currently being done that could potentially provide better insights and results for healthcare organizations—their doctors, researchers, and patients. Now that we have the data, how do we make it useful? How can we deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies into driving better results in a healthcare environment? How do you take the data and make it actionable? We invite you to join Geeta Nayyar, MD (@gnayyar), Dr. Nick van Terheyden (@drnic1), James Lowey (@loweyj), Michael Archuleta (@Michael81082), and John Lynn (@techguy) to discuss this hot topic.

#HITsm and #hcldr Picture and Meetup
Wednesday, 3/7, 12:15-12:45 PM (or however long people hang out) in the Sands Lobby downstairs by the large HIMSS sign/statue

This year we decided to keep things really simple for our #HITsm and #hcldr meetup at HIMSS 2018. Join us by the massive HIMSS letters/statue/sign to take a community picture with the sign and then mix and mingle with members of the #HITsm and #hcldr communities. We’ll plan to take the picture about 12:30 and then the rest of the time we’ll just enjoy seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and finally meeting some people who feel like old friends that we’re just meeting for the first time.

Finding the Right Mix of Human and Tech in a Unified Communication Strategy Meetup
Wednesday, 3/7, 1:00-1:45 PM at the Stericycle Communication Solutions Booth #859

Creating an effective unified communication strategy in healthcare requires an effective balance between human and tech.  Do you prefer to call and schedule an appointment or schedule one online?  The challenge in healthcare is the answer to that question depends on the patient.  Sometimes a phone call is necessary while other times the ability to schedule an appointment online is much more convenient.  Join Sarah Bennight (@SarahBennight), Janae Sharp (@CoherenceMed), Brian Mack (@BFMack), Melody Smith (@TheSameMel), and John Lynn (@techguy) as we discuss an effective unified communication strategy that incorporates both humans and technology.

New Media Meetup
Wednesday, 3/7, 6:00-8:00 PM at Senor Frogs (Inside Treasure Island Casino across the street from Venetian)
This is the 9th annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS. This event brings together most of the influential people in Healthcare IT social media and a wide variety of influencers, journalists, bloggers and readers as well. Plus, thanks to our sponsor, CareCognitics, we’ll have food, drinks, a DJ, and some killer giveaways. This event does require you to register to attend, so please be sure to register if you plan to join us.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 HIMSS Meetups

How AI Will Impact the Patient Experience Meetup
Thursday, 3/8, 10:00-10:45 AM at the Pegasystems Booth #11336

We’re seeing AI (Artificial Intelligence) applied throughout healthcare, but one of the most exciting areas we’re seeing AI make a difference is in the patient experience.  What do patients expect?  How can AI be used to meet patients expectations?  What are the benefits and challenges of using AI with patients?  Join Susan Taylor (@pega), Chuck Webster, MD (@wareFLO), Tamara StClaire (@drstclaire), Prashant Natarajan (@natarpr), and Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) as we look at the impact AI will have on the patient experience.

How’s that look for an incredible schedule of HIMSS 2018 meetups? We can’t wait to welcome you to Vegas and enjoy incredible engagement and knowledge sharing with those of you in the Healthcare IT and HIMSS18 community.

Voalte, MEDITECH, DellEMC, Stericycle Communication Solutions, Pegasystems, and CareCognitics are all sponsors of Healthcare Scene .

9th Annual New Media Meetup During #HIMSS18 Sponsored by CareCognitics

Posted on January 25, 2018 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.


For those of you planning to attend the HIMSS 2018 conference in Las Vegas, I’m excited to share the details of the 9th Annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS. For those who’ve missed the last 8 events, it’s a unique meetup that brings together healthcare IT bloggers, media professionals, tweeters, and other social media influencers at the mecca of Healthcare IT conferences.

We’re excited to continue in our 9th year the tradition of bringing together some of the most influential people in healthcare IT in one space. While social media continues to change, what hasn’t changed is how many incredible connections happen on social media and how much fun we have meeting in person at the New Media Meetup during HIMSS. We’re lucky to have CareCognitics supporting our efforts to bring together the best HIMSS18 healthcare IT influencers at this incredible event. I hope everyone will spend some time checking out CareCognitics and thank them for sponsoring the event.

If you’d like to attend the event, please make sure you register.

Here’s a quick summary of the event details:
When: Wednesday 3/7 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Senor Frogs, 3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 MAP (Senor Frogs is inside Treasure Island Casino, a short walk across the street from the Venetian/Sands.)
Who: Anyone who uses or is interested in New Media (Blogs, Twitter, Social Media, YouTube Live, Facebook, etc) or works in media
What: Food, Drinks, Dance Floor, Giveaways, and Amazing People

Register Is Now Closed!  See you in Las Vegas!

Sponsored by CareCognitics

CareCognitics is a digital health company with a focus to improve quality of care for people with chronic conditions through the use of data science and patient engagement. We provide turnkey solution where our experienced clinical teams, augmented by our patented technology platform uses machine learning algorithms that enables physicians to deliver personalized care at scale. We transform patients into active participants with monthly care summaries, personalized care recommendations and encouragement when they take preventative steps to stay on plan.

The net result is better health outcomes, lower administrative costs and a more enduring connection between physicians and their patients. As a result, our customers (Physician groups) have experienced:

  • 70% enrollment in the chronic program versus industry average of single digits.
  • 30% increase in the quality scores (GPRO) in the first 6 months
  • 20% to 85% on average increase in annual wellness visits
  • 75% open rate on patient communication versus industry average of 22%
  • 200K net revenue increase for physician group with 1000 eligible CCM patients

Learn more at: CareCognitics.com

Those interested in the New Media Meetup at HIMSS will want to check out the 3 day Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference that we’re hosting in New Orleans April 4-6, 2018. It’s a special 3 days devoted to health IT marketing and PR professionals.

Plus, we’re excited to announce a brand new healthcare IT conference called Health IT Expo. This conference is focused on practical health IT innovation and is happening May 30-June 1, 2018 in New Orleans.

A really big thank you also goes out to all the members of Healthcare Scene that help promote the New Media Meetup. This event was originally brought together through social media and is still largely organized thanks to social media.

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to welcome you to Las Vegas very soon!

Insights, Tips, and Tricks from the #HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassadors

Posted on February 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.

As we all prepared for the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, a number of the HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors got together to offer their insights into how to get the most out of the conference . A big thanks to Michael Gaspar and the HIMSS Social Media team for bringing together the HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors. If you’ve never been to HIMSS or if you’re a long time veteran of the conference, this video will give you some insights on how to make the most of the conference and what to expect at HIMSS 2016.

Learn more about the HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors and enjoy this discussion about HIMSS 2016:

My Guide to #HIMSS16

Posted on February 23, 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.

I just looked over my HIMSS calendar and I have almost 50 events listed and I haven’t even finished scheduling my week. That’s going to make for a packed week at the mecca of healthcare IT conferences, the HIMSS Annual Conference. If you read this site, you’re probably already familiar with HIMSS and the annual conference that will bring together ~45,000 health IT professionals and ~1300 exhibitors. It’s massive and packed full of incredible people, technology, and experiences.

Each year, I post my schedule and guide to the HIMSS Annual Conference. This year is no different. I’m happy to share some of the places I’ll be at HIMSS and the topics and sessions that interest me. I hope that readers of this blog will join me at some of these events and come say hi. There’s nothing better than meeting someone who reads your blog.

I won’t go through each of the HIMSS 2016 keynotes in detail, but I’m excited to hear what Michael Dell and Peyton Manning say for their keynote addresses. I also enjoy a good “mental floss” keynote that I think Dr. Berger will provide. Most people will be gone for it, unless they’re staying to hear Peyton Manning talk that afternoon. It’s too bad since I always find it a refreshing end to an exhausting week.

Each year of HIMSS, they create some sort of innovation section of the conference. Sometimes this includes conference sessions. Other times it includes an exhibit hall area. This year they have both in what they are calling HX360. I heard Shahid Shah mention today that the great thing about HX360 companies is that these companies are often doing something pretty unique. Unlike some other HIMSS vendors, you don’t usually know 20 other companies doing the same thing when you’re talking to HX360 companies.

There’s also a great luncheon keynote for HX360 that includes Mitt Romney and Michael Leavitt (Former HHS Secretary and Governor of Utah). I like them because they’re connected enough to Washington to have tremendous insight, but far enough removed that they can actually speak frankly about what’s happening. The one problem with HX360 is that it requires a separate registration. So, we’ll see how much of it I get to see. I might have to live vicariously through other people’s tweets on the #HX360 hashtag.

Now for some very specific conference sessions, meetups, and events:

#HITMC Meetup – What has become a bit of an annual tradition, Shahid and I will be holding a meetup with members of the healthcare IT marketing and PR community and the broader healthcare social media community as well. The official title of the session is Marketing to Customers in an Uncertain Healthcare IT Marketplace and it’s happening Monday, Feb 29 from 3:00-3:45 at the HIMSS spot. Join us for an open and engaging discussion with the community.

#HealthITChicks Meetup – I’ve been so impressed with the efforts Jennifer Dennard has put together to bring together the #HealthITChicks group. What an amazing community that’s formed. This community of women (and men) are some of the best and brightest in healthcare IT. They’re doing a meetup on Tuesday, March 1 from 10-10:45 at the HIMSS Spot. Check out the full list of speakers, and don’t be surprised when you see the caliber of people who attend this meetup.

@MandiBPro Tweetup – At 2 PM on Tuesday March 1st, Mandi Bishop (better known as @mandibpro) and Dr. Joseph Kim (@DrJosephKim) are doing a tweetup at the Dell booth #4416 where they’ll be talking “Can the Right Data at the Right Place and Right Time Make a Difference?” Should be a lively discussion since if you know Mandi, you know how much she loves data. Is there anything better at HIMSS than talking to someone who’s passionate about a topic?

DataMotion Video Interview – I’m excited to take part in a number of video interviews with the team from DataMotion at booth #12144. One of those interviews will be with DataMotion advisory board member Peter Tippett, MD, PhD. He’s a great advisor for a company like DataMotion that focuses on secure data delivery and communication solutions in healthcare. I look forward to hearing what else they’re talking about at HIMSS16.

Sutter Health Video Interview at SAP – Shahid Shah will be interviewing Souvik Das from Sutter Health at the SAP booth #5828. They’ll be talking about SAP’s HANA being used for analytics and data aggregation for managing an ACO shared savings program. Given ACOs current track record, I’m interested to hear how their ACO has done. Shahid’s interviews are always must see for me thanks to his personal “No BS” rule.

#HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador Meetup – Bring 20 of the most active social media people at HIMSS into one session and that’s what you’ll have at the Social Media Ambassador meetup. No, this session isn’t just for social media ambassadors. Everyone is welcome to come and interact with this group of social media ninjas. Just be ready to take a selfie.

New Media Meetup – I can’t believe this will be the 7th annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS. I’m biased since I organize the event (which is technically not affiliated with HIMSS), but it’s an amazing experience to be with so many amazing healthcare social media people in one room. Be sure to register if you want to come. A big thank to you to Stericycle Communication Solutions for sponsoring the New Media Meetup.

ONC’s Meaningful Use Session – ONC has a whole schedule of sessions at HIMSS. The one that stood out to me was this MU session called “Understanding the 2015 Edition: Meaningful Use & Other Use Cases.” This session is being held in the Sands Expo, Palazzo B and Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D., Acting Director, Office of Policy, and Michael Lipinski, J.D., Division Director for Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Policy are presenting. This felt like a real practical session where I could learn something as opposed to many government sessions where they use vague generalities that don’t better my life.

Patient Engagement: No Diamond Ring Required – On the last day of HIMSS I always try and sneak in a session or two while everyone is mostly gone. There are often some nice gems of sessions and you don’t have to fight for seats. This year I’m looking at this patient engagement session by the leaders of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. I’ve heard good things about the work they’re doing, so I’d like to learn more.

Like I said, I have almost 50 appointments on my calendar (including a party or two), so this is just a small sample of sessions, meetups and events that others are welcome to attend. I’ll also be doing a video interview with Jon Melling from Pivot Point Consulting which should be a lot of fun. I’ll be talking with the people from HIPAA One to see how their efforts to automate HIPAA compliance is going along with their partnerships with many EHR vendors. I’m also interested to learn about what large companies like Oracle and Samsung are doing in healthcare. I think they’ll both have much larger presences than past years.

Plus, I always like to block out some free time on the exhibit floor so I can see if ClinicSpectrum will be attracting attention with balloons and jewelry again and hopefully I can make some time to enjoy Greythorn’s foot massages (I’m sure to need it). Given there are ~1300 exhibitors vying for your attention, you never know the serendipitous connection and interaction that can occur just by strolling through the HIMSS exhibit hall. Yes, be sure to plan ahead to get the most out of HIMSS, but include in that plan some time to explore the unknown (Yes, that includes the exhibit booths downstairs at the Sands Convention Center).

Just writing this up has me excited and tired. I can’t wait for the fun to begin next week at HIMSS in Las Vegas! I’ll be doing 2 different blabs leading up to HIMSS and one blab after HIMSS, so be sure to check those out too and join our conversation about the HIMSS experience.

Bonus Tip: As a local Las Vegas resident, I feel it my responsibility to share some local insights into Las Vegas experiences you might not expect to find in Las Vegas. Here’s what I suggested to one person who asked me for some unique Las Vegas experiences that were a little more kitschy/fun than you can normally find on the strip:

Sounds like you need to check out the new Downtown Las Vegas that we call Fremont East. I’d start with some time at the Downtown Container Park. It has kitschy/fun experiences and live music written all over it. They also play live music on the weekends and have a mix of stores, restaurants and bars that make for a fun experience. The fire breathing preying mantis at the entrance just adds to the fun along with the 2 story slide.

You can grab some great bbq from Big Ern’s at the container park, or head over to La Comida (mexican) or Le Thai which are both very popular. Afterwards, you can grab a drink at Downtown Cocktail Room (intentionally hard to find, but it’s right on Las Vegas Boulevard and there’s a black door with no handle and just one small sign above the entrance. It’s kind of speak easy style). After that you can head over to the Gold Spike for some games, music, and fun. They rotate live music and DJs.

It will be something you totally don’t expect from Las Vegas, but sounds like it will be right up your alley. The other night you should do something more traditional Las Vegas and grab any of the Cirque du Soleil shows (except for the Criss Angel one). They’re not cheap, but they’re awesome.

If you want a surprisingly incredible performance check out Terry Fator. For outdoor fun, rent a car and drive out to Red Rock.

7th Annual New Media Meetup at #HIMSS16 Sponsored by Stericycle Communication Solutions

Posted on January 21, 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.

UPDATE: Registration for this event is closed. If you’re registered for the event, we’ll send you an email with more details. Unfortunately, we’re at capacity, so if you’re not registered you won’t be able to attend.

7th Annual New Media Meetup - HIMSS16 in Chicago

For those of you planning to attend the HIMSS 2016 conference in Las Vegas, I’m excited to share the details of the 7th Annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS. For those who’ve missed the last 6 events, it’s a unique event that brings together healthcare IT bloggers, tweeters, and other social media influencers at the mecca of Healthcare IT conferences.

It’s incredible to think that this will be our 7th year hosting the New Media Meetup during HIMSS. Since HIMSS 2016 is returning to my hometown of Las Vegas, I knew we had to set a new bar for the event. Luckily our sponsor, Stericycle Communication Solutions, was on board with my ambitious plans. I hope everyone will spend some time checking out Stericycle Communication Solutions and thank them for sponsoring the event.

Here’s a quick summary of what we have planned for the event:
When: Wednesday 3/2 6:00-8:00 PM (Unofficial Karaoke after party starts at 8)
Where: Gilley’s at Treasure Island Casino – 3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 MAP (Treasure Island is a short walk across the street from the Venetian/Sands)
Who: Anyone who uses or is interested in New Media (Blogs, Twitter, Social Media, Periscope, Blab, etc)
What: Food, Drinks, Mechanical Bull, Dance Floor, Giveaways, and Amazing People

Registration is Closed!

Note: If you’ve registered for the event, you’ll get an email with more details on the event. Since the event is at capacity, if you haven’t registered you’ll be unable to attend.

Sponsored by Stericycle Communication Solutions
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Stericycle Communication Solutions offer a unique combination of Live Agent services and Technology products that allow patients and providers to interact through multiple communication channels: phone, email, voice, text and online. We provide scheduling (phone and online self-serve), physician referral, population health, payment, follow-up, after-hours answering, care coordination and appointment reminder solutions to over 27,000 organizations.

Learn more at www.stericyclecommunications.com

Those interested in the New Media Meetup at HIMSS will want to check out the full scale Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference that we’re hosting in Atlanta April 6-8, 2016. It’s a special 3 days devoted to health IT marketing and PR professionals.

A really big thank you also goes out to all the members of Influential Networks and Healthcare Scene that help promote the New Media Meetup. This event was originally brought together through social media and is still largely organized thanks to social media.

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing many of you in Las Vegas very soon!

7th Annual New Media Meetup - HIMSS16 in Las Vegas

Quest EHR Lab Interfaces

Posted on March 7, 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.

While at HIMSS I had the pleasure of spending some time talking with Rohit Nayak, VP of Physician Tech Solutions at Quest Diagnostics. Not only is Rohit a very nice gentleman, but he also provides a number of really interesting perspectives on the healthcare industry. Quest is obviously known in the lab world, but as I mentioned last year, Quest is shifting from being a lab company to a technology company. This is clearly seen by their Care360 EHR product.

At one point, Rohit and I started talking about Quest’s approach to interfacing with EHR software. When you consider that Quest has the lab results that many EHR companies want and now Quest is offering their own EHR it makes for an interesting situation. Rohit told me that Quest has 120 EHR interfaces. He told me Quest’s approach was to be open when it comes to sharing data.

Before I talk more about these interfaces, I think it’s worth commenting on the 120 EHR interface number. The number of EHR vendors is often debated and discussed. I personally like to use the 300 EHR companies number. I’ve seen some go as high as 600 EHR companies, but I think those people are counting any software regardless of if it offers a comprehensive EHR product. For example, they might include an ePrescribing app which is part of an EHR, but I wouldn’t count it in my number.

With that as background, I find the 120 EHR interfaces with Quest quite interesting. Outside of some very localized EHR companies, you’d think that most legitimate EHR companies would have been almost forced to build an interface with Quest. Although, someone did recently tell me that Quest and LabCorp only have 7% of the lab market so maybe I’m overstating EHR vendors need to interface with Quest. I’d be interested to hear from EHR vendors who don’t interface with Quest and why they haven’t yet done so.

Heading back to interfacing with Quest, I was interested in how Care360 EHR users that don’t use Quest for their labs would be handled. Say I was a doctor who used LabCorp for my labs, but wanted to use Quest’s Care360 EHR. Would Quest support a lab interface from Care360 to LabCorp? Rohit told me that Quest would have no problem integrating Care360 with Labcorp, but that LabCorp wouldn’t let them do it. Don’t you love competition?

Of course, I only had the chance to talk with Quest about this topic. I don’t remember ever even seeing LabCorp at HIMSS. Considering LabCorp hasn’t taken the EHR route directly that could be why. I’m not sure many LabCorp users would want to use the Care360 EHR, but it is interesting to consider.

Rohit and I also started an interesting discussion about how well EHR software is consuming the Lab data that’s being sent across these lab interfaces. I’ve asked him to do a guest post on the subject, so I hope to bring you that in the future. You can also check out this 5 EHR Questions with Rohit Nayak video I did while at HIMSS as well.

Weekend Twitter Roundup – #HIMSS12 Closing Keynote Edition

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.

I partially understand why many choose to go home from HIMSS early. There’s certainly plenty that can be captured at HIMSS in the first couple days. Add in that coming to HIMSS for many is a job. Although, I must admit that each year on the final day of HIMSS I always feel like so many people miss out on some of the best keynote speakers they have speak at HIMSS.

This year was no exception with Donna Brazile and Dana Perino entertaining and informing. Dan Buettner was also surprisingly good with so many nuggets to think about. I admit going into it I wondered what he’d really be able to say, but it was a really interesting experience full of many points to consider.

For those that missed Dan Buettner’s keynote on Blue Zones, here are the tweets I found interesting: