Monday, February 24, 2014

People Sharing #HIMSS14 Content with High Tweet to Re-tweet Ratio

Here’s a partial list of Tweeps who shared a lot of information on HIMSS 2014 Conference over the last 24 hours. These folks all have a high “tweet to re-tweet” ratio which means they tweet more than they re-tweet. Theoretically, this means these folks share more original content than re-tweeting someone else’s content.

The following are individuals only. HIMSS Ambassadors are excluded and companies are named owners (as far as I can tell). Additionally, all of these individuals, and a few other people frequently tweeting on HIMSS 2014 topics, can be found in this Twitter list

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Things @ePatientDave Says About #PatientEngagement

“Great & inspiring keynote from @ePatientDave - establish a partnership w/ patients for mutual benefit #dataquality #ptengagement #HIMSS14” – Via @thorstenkampp

As you likely surmised from the previo
us sentence, this morning’s HIMSS 2014 pre-conference patient engagement symposia presented by Dave DeBronkart (aka  @ePatientDave received a lot of tweets. Here’s a short collection of tweets made abput @ePatientDave’s presentation and related via Twitter. I grabbed these using @Symplur’s Hashtag transcript service, popped into Excel and loosely grouped these tweets in a way I hope makes sense.

Special thanks to the following for their tweets: @JohnSharp @janoldenburg @aaronsklar @ThePatientsSide @MichaelGaspar @thorstenkampp @IatricMarkJ and also thanks and apologies to anyone I may have missed.

@ePatientDave on #patientengagement
Patient engagement is not a goal, it is a strategy.

Future #ptexp anchored in patient needs & perspectives. New paradigm: patient-clinician partnerships.

Chronic illness continues to be more dominate in our modern lives vs acute illness.

Data quality is a patient safety issue--his mother's hyperthyroidism transcribed as hypo!

@ePatientDave tells @xeni story where her bone scan wasn't her at all but it was a guy.

Love this as an indicator: Googling is a sign of #patientengagement says @ePatientDave

There's a big distinction between "liquid" data--today and "nonliquid" data--the past

Everywhere @ePatientDave goes, 2/3 of people who have seen their patient data have found errors

Two thirds of patients who check their medical records find errors but providers don't have process to correct

#DataQuality is pivotal. Clinicians are overworked. Let #patients help. Be involved, view your charts.

There's far too much info for docs to know everything. No offense in a less-trained person helping out.

Too often #patients are kept in the dark & ironically told they know nothing. One word: EMPOWERMENT

Who has the most at stake to have accurate and complete information?

People perform better when they are informed better - applies to patients getting their data

Purpose of recording something is to read it back and act on it - data quality essential to patients too

[Doctors]It is not an insult for someone less trained to find something you didn't.

Take Control of Your Data
Patient involvement in data quality - ask to see your chart!

Have you looked at your own chart? Do you know if it has mistakes?

The low hanging fruit for is getting the data right! Patients can help ensure data quality!

Invite people to look at record to fix it, makes sense and better medicine this incls the patient

HIPAA allows for error correction but there isn't a process to fix it.

@kinergyhealth notes that many misinterpretations of #HIPAA are used to limit caregiver involvement

An "unengaged patient" is similar to a car going through a car wash. (I’m not sure how though)

Can Tools Help?
Effort required to use #patientengagement tech tools keeps him from using (need for patient-centered design)

Surprisingly doesn't use any of the standard #patientengagement tech tools (they're not worth the effort)

Smartphone EKG case now approved for over the counter sale-provides in-the-moment EKG

@katechrKP asked for apps to help family caregivers to make moment-by-moment adjustments in care

@ePatientDave on myopennotes
Many doctors reported stronger relationships with patients as a result of @myopennotes

@myopennotes results show little impact on physician workload. When given chance to stop, no doctors stopped.

85-89% of patients said access to @myopennotes will affect their choice of a doctor

Should Two Patient Experience Thought Leaders Come Together?
One person, I believe @cmaer commented to @BechtelHealth that @@BechtelHealth “seems to be channeling @ePatientDave in her talk to MDs at #DrHIT “

Should @ePatientDave have addressed the Physician Symposium #DrHIT rather than being next door? Q has been raised @HIMSS14

Steve Davidson suggesting @BechtelHealth speak in tandem with @ePatientDave or another patient when speaking in future #DrHIT

Missed opportunity - would be so much better to have those two intersecting rather than in parallel

That’s All!
Typesetters have proofreaders; clinicians don't! Not surprising errors creep into records

His next book will probably be titled, "What typesetting taught me about #healthIT"

Observation from one attendee: This [presentation] would work better if #patientengagement and #physicianengagement [presos] were in the same room

What ever happened to inquisitive thinking & scientific method of "figure it out?"

Link to Daves's slides from a recent presentation touching on patient engagement

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

HIMSS 2014 Reference Info, Guides, How-to's & Lists

This list will be updated throughout the HIMSS conference - so consider bookmarking it and checking back every now and then.   Last Updated: Sunday, 2/23/14 @ 7:10am MST-AZ

If you like this information, consider following @HIMSS14 on Twitter for more good info. And if you know of other good information to share with others, please send it to me.

Official Site for HIMSS 2014 Conference & Exhibition

General Guides, Tips & Tricks

HIMSS14: Getting The Most Out of Your Conference Experience (3-part Webinar)

Official #HIMSS14 Hashtag Guide
Tips & Tricks for First Time HIMSS Attendees

A Hacker's Guide to #HIMSS14

Unofficial Guide to HIMSS14 Conference

29 Insightful Tips for Attending the HIMSS14 Conference

HIMSS14 Guide – Tips and Resources for Navigating the #HIMSSanity

Some Practical Advice For HIMSS 2014 Attendees…

Five things to watch at HIMSS14 

Guide to Downtown Orlando

The official Twitter page for Downtown Orlando – “Everyone’s Downtown.

Social Media

The Must-Have Guide to Tweeting at HIMSS14

HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors list 

#HIMSS14 News

10 Ways You Can Rise Above the Noise and Add Value Using Social Media

Special #HIMSS14 Infographic: Growth of Social Media in Health Technology

#HIMSS14 Social Media 101 – Ten Tips For The Best Social Experience

HIMSS 14 Statistics and Tweet Analytics

Social Health Insights - Tweets

Social Health Insights – Media in Latest Tweets


Graph Predicting Daily #HIMSS14 Tweet Volume Leading Up to HIMSS14

Blog Carnival & Opinion

HIMSS14 Blog Carnival: Why Consumers Care About Health IT

Official HIMSS Blog

Unofficial Guide to HIMSS14 Conference

Giveaways & Booth Bling

HIStalk’s Guide to HIMSS14 Exhibitor Giveaways

Humor and Entertainment

Special Suggestion for the XX Crowd Only

Funny – HIMSS Pick Up Lines

The BedBug Registry (Actually not funny at all)

Monday, February 17, 2014

29 Insightful Tips for Attending the HIMSS14 Conference

Sometimes the comments on a blog post have information that is just as good – or even better – than the post itself.  The other day I read “12 Ways to Get the MostOut of Attending a Conference” and found the comments to have very insightful.  I’ve pulled out ideas and tips for attending conferences from that post and am sharing them here for your conference-going pleasure. Thanks to all the commenters who supplied these ideas.
Pre-planning & Travel

1.   Consider investing in a nice looking backpack or messenger bag. You’ll need it for chargers, snacks, water bottles, jackets, etc. And all those conference materials and vendor handouts.

2.   Wear comfortable shoes and dress in comfortable, nice-looking clothes!!

In the words of Lovey Howell, one never knows whom one might meet. And you never know what could come from the connection.

3.   Plan ahead for quick trips to charge your phone/device charge and get a snack.

4.   And don’t forget the freebies. Only pack your bag half fill with clothes to make room for them. And be choosy about what you take. If there’ something really good, take as many as they’ll let you get away with.

5.   Don’t be fooled by maps.  Get clear directions to where you are going. Orlando isn’t Vegas but it’s not Mayberry either.

6.   Bring a sweater or jacket to every session. So many of those big conference rooms are FREEZING. Recommend layers. You can take one off and put it in that backpack or messenger bag mentioned above.

7.   Maximize your conference: pick up new skills, learn about trends in your field, and make networking contacts

8.   Set aside a “vendor block”. HIMSS 2014 has over a 1000 vendors which means lots to discover as well as specific vendors you'll want to see. Pick a 2+ hour block out of your schedule to do nothing but walk the vendor hall. And make sure you have some downtime after that block too. This is easier than trying to sneak in vendor visits between sessions.

Conference Sessions

1.   Go to a session that has a subject you know little or nothing about; you just might learn something and find a new passion.

2.   Pick out alternative sessions to attend if your first one does not work out, and your route to get there quickly. Sometimes the room is full. Sometimes presenters don’t show. Sometimes the session just plain sucks and is nothing like the description.

3.   Don’t be afraid to leave a bad session. If it is clear that a session is not what you thought it would be, leave. Go to one of your second choice sessions and do not spend 30-60 minutes sitting in an unproductive session.

4.   When you are in an awesome session, tweet about it. People stuck in bad sessions will see your tweet and can move to your room to see a great speaker they would have otherwise missed.

5.   Don’t tweet about how bad a session is; but if the speaker doesn’t show or something similarly disastrous happens, alert others to that so they do not waste their time walking down there.

6.   Consider occasionally splitting your sessions. If the first speaker of one session is interesting, and the third speaker of another, get up and go to the other session. Make sure you sit at the back of the room so you can leave unobtrusively between sessions. Do not do this all the time, because you want to end the session in a room with people you want to talk with.

Networking at Conferences

1.   Talk to the celebrities of your profession. Those hot shot people who do keynotes, lightning talks, etc? They are normal people too. And most of them are very excited about what they do and want to share with others, so they can give you some great conference advice.

2.   Be nice and introduce them to other folks you know.

3.   Don’t be afraid to approach strangers.

4.   Look for semi-professional social gatherings like user group meetings, meetups, sub-discipline meetings, etc. There are many unofficial and official tweetups in various public areas and restaurants near the conference and they're a good way to force yourself out of room service and into meeting more people

5.   Make time to socialize outside your pack. If there’s a luncheon, let them know you are going to sit with others to spread your wonderfulness.

6.   Want an easy excuse to talk to industry celebrities? Do a photo safari. Set a goal to collect as many pictures as you can of yourself with those industry celebrities. Feel free to even tell them that you are doing a photo safari, it makes a good ice-breaker. It will also help you plan out how to meet these people. 

Using Twitter at a Conference Session

1.   Use twitter socially. You can find out about networking opportunities and where people are going for dinner or early evening drinks. This is especially a great tool for the introverted, as you can gather good information and focus your social time to be as effective as possible before you start to tire out.

2.   Tweet. If you don’t use twitter, start learning, because a conference is one of the most useful professional situations for twitter.

3.   Follow the conference back channel on Twitter where you can found out about neat things on and off the agenda. Sometimes there is a Tweet Up before the conference, a gathering where people can put faces to handles for conference twitter users.


1.   Don’t make non-work plans for the evenings.

2.   A late night in the bar will trash you for the whole of the following day.

3.   Think twice about going to the hotel bar after 9pm to talk further with conference people. This is generally when the hooking-up-at-conferences stuff starts getting kicked off

4.   Don’t use a professional event as your opportunity for social justice warrioring or politicking or proselytizing.

Ending Each Day

1.   End each working day by reviewing your notes, the panels you attended, the people you talked to, etc and jotting down action items or ideas to bring back to the office.

2.   Doing so at the end of the day nets better results than doing it at the end of the conference. Once you’re back in the office, it’s too late — the pressing matters of the delayed work waiting for you will be overwhelming.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Why Follow @HIMSS14?

Why should you follow the @HIMSS14 Twitter Account?

To get the good conference-related tweets without having to sift through all the advertisements, spam, stale and repeated tweets.  Conference attendees can be freed from being glued to a popular hashtag that’s experiencing increase levels of spam and abuse so they can focus on the conference, presentation and vendor booths. Those who aren’t attending the HIMSS conference will have an enhanced means to eavesdrop on the proceedings remotely.

How are Tweets Selected?

Twitter, popular blogs and other sources of information are monitored using various automated and manual methods using terms and phrases expected to describe the HIMSS conference.  A human with 20+ years of experience in the healthcare IT and services industry will review each tweet before it is surfaced. 

What This Account Will Do

1. Only share information related to the HIMSS 2014 conference and only share what are popularly considered relevant healthcare IT topics:

    #digitalhealth – Mobile health, Digital Health and Connected Health
    #ehr – Electronic Health Records
    #hcr – Health Care Reform
    #hipaa – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
    #hix – Health Insurance Exchanges
    #icd10 – ICD-10
    #interoperability - Interoperability and integration topics
    #mhealth – Mobile Health
    #mu – Meaningful Use
    #phi – Protected Health Information
    #usability - user experience and usability 

2. Monitor alternative sources of information off Twitter’s oft beaten path.  This includes blogs, content made available to me personally, various search mechanisms I use, etc.

3. Include links to supplemental content and resources associated with certain tweets.

4. Share select vendor info (whitepapers, surveys, content, offers, etc) that are not clearly a sales pitches.  Veiled sales pitches will probably be passed along. 

5. Verify any embedded links and embedded content can be accessed.

6. Spare you the excess of the “over-tweeters” – I will only pass on their HIMSS14-related content one time.  

7. Share select info on "booth-bling," tweet-ups, parties and contests.
    Keep an eye out for the following “unofficial HIMSS14 hashtags” suggested by others:

    #HIMSS14BestSpeaker     - Identify best presentations/speakers
    #HIMSS14DanceOff          - See #HIMSSanity
    #HIMSS5k                         - Morning Runs
    #HIMSSAhas                     - Share what you're learning
    #HIMSSanity                     - General craziness
    #HIMSSfood                     - Places to eat – good and bad – note them!
    #HIMSS14Innovate           - Innovation-related topics
    #HIMSSisMyProm            - See #HIMSSanity
    #HIMSSPickuplines          - See #HIMSSanity
    #HIMSSTips                     - Tips and How-to’s to maximize conference value
    #HIMSSwag                     - Booth bling and handouts worth noting
    #HIMSS14SM                  - Really exclusive tag for those wanting none of the #HIMSS14 stuff

What This Account Won't Do

1. Share the same tweet more than once.  Except for periodic “promotional tweets” to call attention to the service this account provides.

2. A primary value of this account is that you can just periodically review its timeline and get the scoop as to what’s going on at #HIMSS14. No need to do special searches and/or monitor the #HIMSS14 hashtag - that's my job. :)

3. Retweet every tweet mentioning this account. This isn’t about me. If really didn't even want to have my real name on this blog but it's a Google term of service item. I'm doing to because I want to share good good healthcare IT info related to the HIMSS conference.

4. Repeat the same tweet over and over and over and over and over

5. Post content requiring login or special add-ins unless a warning is given – such as [requires login] or [Requires yada yada add-in]