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“I Don’t Want to Share What I Ate on Social Media” – Dispelling Common Healthcare IT Myths

Posted on October 15, 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.

Today I wanted to start a new series of posts I’m calling the Dispelling Common Healthcare IT Myths series. There are a lot of these to cover. In many ways, this series of blog posts is going to cover some of the most common questions I get asked by healthcare providers, CIOs, nurses, practice managers, HIM professionals, etc as I travel all over the country talking to hundreds of people.

The first common myth I want to dispel is that Social Media is for sharing everything you do. This is often illustrated when I talk with someone about social media and then they reply, “I Don’t Want to Share What I Ate on Social Media.” *shakes head*

Social media is SOOOOOO much more than just sharing everything you do throughout the day including what you ate. This is particularly true in the healthcare social media community. Just so I’m clear. Social media can be used to share every meal you ever eat and a few people do in fact share every meal. That said, the majority of people don’t use social media in this way.

It’s easy to see why this perception came about. Many of the initial social media platforms like Facebook said things like “What did you do today?” In fact, I just checked Facebook now and it still says “What’s on your mind, John?” Many initially interpreted it to mean that they needed to share everything they do (including every meal). This idea has shifted and now people are sharing everything imaginable on social media (and even some unimaginable things).

The point being, social media is not really about what you did or what you’ve done or what other people have done. It is more about learning something new, connecting with people, and sharing your unique perspectives and insights on a topic. And you can have some fun on there too.

These ideas are particularly true for social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn which have a lot of professionals involved. Sure, those same professionals are on Facebook as well and there are some fantastic Facebook groups where this can happen, but more people use Facebook for personal things and Twitter and LinkedIn for professional things.

Here is some of the value people find from taking part in healthcare social media:

Learning – If you’re following the right people, your Twitter feed can be an incredible source of the latest news, research, and learnings for your industry. The key here is making sure you follow the right people. To see this value, you probably need to follow about 25 extremely active Twitter accounts or 50-100 less active Twitter accounts. Once you do this, your feed will be full of amazing content that stretches your mind and gets you access to information that will help you in your job.

Connecting – One of the powers of Twitter is that you can connect and message with almost anyone on the platform. If you’ve never tried it, you’ll be surprised how accessible and interactive people will be on Twitter. Want a conversation with a CIO on Twitter? That’s easy. Want to interact with someone at CMS? Not a problem. Those are specific use cases, but some of the best connections happen serendipitously. To see what I mean, take part in a Twitter chat. We’re partial to the #HITsm chat we host each week, but there are hundreds of others you can choose from to find your proverbial “tribe” on Twitter. Find your tribe and start engaging with the people tweeting with that hashtag. This is particularly true at many healthcare IT conferences which have a well used Twitter hashtag. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll connect with amazing people that can help you and your career. Plus, you’ll benefit from the joy of helping other people as well.

Sharing – While you don’t need to share everything about your life, social media can be a great way for you to share your knowledge and insights with peers. We all have experiences and insights that others will find useful. If you’re not sure what to share, that’s fine. However, as you see other people sharing, engage them in a conversation and you’ll be surprised how you likely have many experiences and insights you can share with others. It’s an amazing feeling when you share something that makes another person’s life better. Don’t think it’s possible? Well, then you probably haven’t shared much on social media. I’ve experienced it hundreds of times and it never gets old.

I could go on and on about this topic, but these are 3 high-level benefits of social media that everyone can enjoy. If you’re involved in social media, please hop in the comments and share other benefits you’ve seen from social media. Of course, if you’re new to Twitter, you can start by following @techguy and @healthcarescene on Twitter and a few hundred others here.

Of course, if you do love food, you can find that on social media like Twitter as well. There’s nothing wrong with mixing work and play if you’re thoughtful about it. In fact, there’s something amazing about reading some healthcare IT tweets, some food tweets, some inspirational tweets, some sports tweets, and then some health policy tweets. That’s the beauty of Twitter. You can follow and customize your feed to the things that interest you.

Long Story Short: Social Media is for so much more than what I ate.

Social Media Tips for #HIMSS16 – More Than Just Tweets

Posted on February 12, 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 massive HIMSS 2016 Annual Conference is just around the corner and I’ll be participating in it in a big way like usual. I already posted about the 7th Annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS and my session with Shahid Shah on “Marketing to Customers in an Uncertain Healthcare IT Marketplace“. Would love to see any and all of you at those events. I was also blessed to be selected as a HIMSS 2016 Social Media Ambassador (Maybe I should have said #HIMSS16 instead of HIMSS 2016). It’s an amazing group of people and so I feel so thankful to be in such great company.

It’s been fun to watch the evolution of social media at HIMSS. I’m sure one day my kids will look back and say “weren’t you one of the pioneers that use to use that old platform called Twitter which we read about in our history books?” I’ll be happy to say Yes!

Next week Shahid and I are doing a webinar on “Why Don’t People Care About What You’re Selling at HIMSS?” and this is one piece of a slide we’ve been preparing for that webinar:

HIMSS Social Media Growth

That’s incredible growth. In fact, I just did a quick query and there have already been 35k tweets to the #HIMSS16 hashtag and we’re still over 2 weeks away from the event. The explosion of social media sharing that happens during the 5 days of the event hasn’t even started. That’s some extraordinary growth, but that also means there’s a lot more noise.

While Twitter is a fantastic tool, there’s much more to social media than just Twitter. In fact, because Twitter has become so popular (see graphic above), your investment in other social media platforms are likely as important as your investment in Twitter. Let me cover some other social media avenues you might consider using before, during, and after HIMSS.

Side Note: Before I cover the non-Twitter social media options you might consider, I want to mention that Twitter is still extremely powerful. My mention of other social platforms isn’t to diminish the power of Twitter, but instead to expand the scope from one powerful tool to many powerful tools. Plus, I made a bunch of HIMSS Twitter tips and tricks last year and those still apply.

LinkedIn – In many ways, LinkedIn is even more powerful to Twitter. This is particularly true in the business world. I’m still surprised how many people think that LinkedIn is still their online resume. It is that, but it’s so much more. There are hundreds of amazing groups (see the Healthcare Scene group) on LinkedIn that cover every topic imaginable. Join them and participate in the discussions. You’ll be amazed at the connections you make. No doubt many of the people in those groups will also be at HIMSS. Find them. Connect with them and then meetup in person at HIMSS. That’s a powerful use of social media.

Blogging – While a tweet is easy to create, a blog post has a much longer lasting impact. Because of all the activity around HIMSS, a really well done blog post can more easily “go viral” during HIMSS. I’ve seen well done blog posts make the rounds in a fantastically powerful way thanks to the #HIMSS16 hashtag. Those blog posts are often what people are talking about over drinks or in booths at HIMSS. If you don’t have your own blog, try LinkedIn’s blog or medium or even leverage Healthcare Scene’s blogs.

Facebook – People often forget that Facebook can be a powerful tool for yourself or your business. Everyone is on Facebook (give or take a few million), and there’s no better way to connect with someone than doing it both personally and professionally. Plus, there are Facebook groups where like minded people are having work conversations (Here’s the Healthcare Scene Facebook group) or sharing and consuming content. Join those conversations and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can connect to and learn from amazing people.

Periscope – Watch for Periscope to have a break out year at HIMSS this year. I’m not a huge fan of Periscope for a lot of things in healthcare IT, but live events is the perfect place for Periscope. I’ll be searching through Periscope to find who is broadcasting periscopes from HIMSS16 so I can see some of the interesting things I missed. Plus, I’ll likely be doing some periscopes from HIMSS16 myself, so watch for those.

HIMSS Mobile App – I’ll admit that this is a new one for me. I just downloaded the HIMSS Mobile App and I’m excited to see how well it works. While many people think it’s a way to find sessions, maps, etc, the mobile app is much more powerful as a way to connect with people. Unlike Twitter, the mobile app won’t likely have all the noise that exists on Twitter because you can’t automate what’s posted to the mobile app as easily as you can Twitter. Take some time to be active and share insights on the mobile app. I think you’ll be surprised at the impact you can have if you do so.

Those are a few suggestions. Let me know any other thoughts or suggestions you have on how to leverage social media before, during and after HIMSS16.

The Power of Writing Regularly

Posted on August 3, 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.

Healthcare Writing

Anyone who has written something regularly will appreciate the image above. The final sentiment is the important one: Writing is really hard work. Although, it produces amazing results.

At the recent HIM Summit, I participated in a session on social media where we covered LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogging. One of the key messages I tried to convey to attendees was the power in sharing your ideas. This is true on a forum in a group discussion or in blogging (and to a lesser extent on Twitter). Many people think that participating in these various social media platforms is about connection. Connection is a valuable benefit of social media engagement, but I think that the value of what you learn from writing is even more powerful.

In many ways, this concept was illustrated in my post that blogging requires you to raise your standard. It’s one thing to know something. It’s another thing to be able to do something. It’s another thing to know something and be able to do something so well that you can share it with other people. That’s the power of writing a blog or participating in a group where you share deep discussions. You have to really deeply know the subject to be able to write about it. That’s powerful!

Along with raising the bar of how deeply we understand a certain topic, publishing our thoughts and ideas on these social platforms provides people the opportunity to tell us we’re wrong. Ok, that’s probably a harsh way of saying it. The more politically correct way to say it might be to say that it provides people the opportunity to give us feedback on ways we can improve. No matter how you frame it, hundreds and thousands of people reading your content means that dozens will point out flaws in your thinking/process/ideas or they’ll add on with more details on how you can extend what you’re doing. That’s powerful!

I share this concept based on first hand experience. I wouldn’t know 1/100th of the things I know if I didn’t write on the Healthcare Scene blogs so regularly. Doing so requires me to really process ideas into something manageable and understandable. I have to also thank the tens of thousands of you who’ve educated me on things I didn’t understand previously. I’m better for it.

If you’re not writing regularly, I suggest you do it. I’m not suggesting everyone start a blog. You can and should if you’re really committed to doing it regularly, but most shouldn’t go that direction. Instead, you should guest post on other people’s sites or leverage LinkedIn’s new blogging platform where you have a built in audience (your connections) and there’s little expectation of how often you blog.

Try it out and see. You’ll realize that writing is hard. However, the benefits of doing so are powerful as well. As I’ve found regularly in life, the most powerful things are often the hardest.

A Little #AHIMACon14 Twitter Roundup

Posted on September 29, 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’m in San Diego today at the AHIMA Annual Convention. It’s a great event that brings together some really passionate and wonderful Health Information Management professionals. There’s been some interesting Twitter activity at the event. Here’s a roundup of some of the interesting tweets:

Some really great insights. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the tweets above.

You might be an #HITNerd If…

Posted on March 16, 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.

You might be an #HITNerd If…

you remember people’s Twitter handle, but can’t remember their name, what they do, or where they’re from.

Find all our #HITNerd references on: EMR and EHR & EMR and HIPAA.

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Note: Much like Jeff Foxworthy is a redneck. I’m well aware that I’m an #HITNerd.

You might be an #HITNerd If…

Posted on March 2, 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.

You might be an #HITNerd If…

you use the term Direct Message as a double entendre.

Find all our #HITNerd references on: EMR and EHR & EMR and HIPAA.

NEW: Check out the #HITNerd store to purchase an #HITNerd t-shirt of cell phone case.

Note: Much like Jeff Foxworthy is a redneck. I’m well aware that I’m an #HITNerd.

A #mhealth13 Twitter Roundup

Posted on December 12, 2013 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 I mentioned, this week I was able to attend the mHealth Summit in DC. While the weather outside was terrible (reminds me to be grateful I live in Las Vegas), the show had a lot of really interesting people. I took some of my favorite tweets from the event and thought I’d share them with you in case you couldn’t attend.


Didn’t see too many practicing doctors at the event. See my previous post about the mHealth Digital Divide.


The word disruption sells a lot of books, but doesn’t sell a lot of health IT software.


A little health humor for those doctors who are reading this. He’s right. Not much viral spreading in healthcare IT.


This is an issue. I call them perverse incentives.


Of course, we’re still waiting for this change to happen.


It’s a little bombastic to say hospitals will be obsolete. They won’t and it won’t even be close. Even if you want to see a doc at home, there will still be procedures that need to be done somewhere (ie. at hospitals).


I guess we leave it to a song writer to play with words. I want Dr. Eisenberg as my doctor.


That will change. People reacted the same way when I was wearing Google Glass.

EMR & Patient Safety, Meaningful EHR Measures, and the Patient Portal “Switch”

Posted on January 20, 2013 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.


What an important topic of discussion. In fact, it makes me want to look at writing a whole series of articles on the patient safety issues using an EMR and also the patient safety issues of not using an EMR. Much of it I’ll be covering in my EHR benefits series, but quite a different angle. Although, the ethics side of it could be really interested. I’m glad Dr. Wes is starting this discussion.


I keep wishing it was interoperability, but I do think we could go way too far when it comes to adding more measures and end up with measures that provide little to no value if we’re not careful.


I love that people think that implementing a patient portal is as easy as flipping a switch. I can have a full EMR at my fingertips in 2 minutes by signing up at one of the Free EHR, but that misses so many important parts of implementing an EMR. The same goes for a portal. It takes a little more thought to implement a patient portal than just flipping a switch.

The Role of Health IT in ACOs — #HITsm Chat Highlights

Posted on December 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Because of Thanksgiving weekend, the #HITsm chat took a break. However, it was back this week, and there were five questions, rather than the usual four. The topics came from @2healthguru, and revolved around the role of HIT in ACOs.

The first question asked was: Many accept at face value that HIT is essential for effective #ACO implementation, do you agree? Why? Why not?  There weren’t a lot of responses to this first question Many accept at face value that HIT is essential for effective #ACO implementation, do you agree? Why? Why not?

There weren’t as many responses to this question as there sometimes are, but here are a few of the tweets that seemed most popular:

 

The next topic focused on this: Where does culture fit in the mix? Can you graft ‘coordinated care’ onto a cowboy (or cowgirl) referral network? This question sparked a lively discussion with a lot of good points made. It was hard to pick just a few, but here is a conversation I feel is worth noting. Another participant called out for @BangorBeacon’s thoughts on this topic, because apparently it’s his area of expertise. Although he didn’t seem to have a lot of time during the chat today, he did have something to say. Here is one of the conversations I saw.

 

 

 

 

 

The next item on the agenda was, how important is understanding culture and organizational workflows to achieve coordinated, seamless care? This was another interesting topic, with equally interesting responses. I thought this way a unique way of expressing the idea.

I also thought this tweet went well with the topic:

Topic four was: What will it take for the #ACO and #HealthIT system to work as developed? When I saw this, I predicted there would be a lot of different answers, and I was right. Here are a few of the suggestions that stood out to me:

And finally (still with me?), the extra question — which is a little more up my alley: Can social media ‘detect and amplify’ (preconfigure) preferred community referral interactions to grease the skids of an #ACO? 

I think that most everyone had checked out by this point, but this is my favorite response:

 

EHR Reimbursement, Health Data Security, and Innovation – #HITsm Chat Highlights

Posted on September 22, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Every week, HL7 Standards, hosts a #HITsm Tweet Chat and poses four questions “on current topics that are influencing healthcare technology, health IT, and the use of social media in healthcare.” It’s always a great discussion and also a great chance to meet a wide variety of people that are passionate about healthcare IT.

In case you missed it, or are curious about what went on this week, we’ve put together the list of topics with some of the best responses for each topic. There were some interesting topics this week, as well as some great responses. If you have any opinions on any of these topics, feel free to continue the discussion in the comments. This chats take place every Friday at 11AM CST. You’ll find members of Healthcare Scene regularly participating in the chat under some of the following Twitter accounts: @techguy@ehrandhit@hospitalEHR, and @smyrnagirl.

Topic One: Politics #EHR reimbursement will likely reach $20 billion. Why is this big govt initiative exempt from critics?

Topic Two: Health data security: What does health data security look like and how is it different than financial data security?

Topic Three: Clash of the #Health IT Titans: What is most beneficial patients, #HIEs or #ACOs? 

Topic Four: Innovation in #healthIT: What are some examples of innovative groups/ideas that may disrupt the current system?