Sunday, March 8, 2015

Why should you follow the @HITConfGuy 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 the 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 2015 conference and only share what are popularly considered relevant healthcare IT topics. Here's a sample of the hashtags that will be monitored and reported:

#digitalhealth – Mobile health, Digital Health and Connected Health
#ehr – Electronic Health Records
#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. Keep an eye out for "unofficial" hashtags. For instance, people may use any of the following for the 2015 HIMSS conference: #HIMSS15  #HIMSS2015 #HIMSS 

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

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

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

6. Share select vendor info (whitepapers, surveys, content, offers, etc) that are not clearly a sales pitches. Thickly veiled sales pitches will probably be shared. 

7. Spare you the excess of the “over-tweeters.” With few exceptions, you will only see a specific tweet or content item one time - not over and over and over like some people do.

8. Share select info on "booth-bling," tweet-ups, parties and contests.

9. Share conference information tagged with hashtag variations and sub-tags. Like...

#HIMSSanity - General craziness
#HIMSS15Hacks -  advice, tricks & secrets to maximizing your #HIMSS15 experience 
#HIMSS15BestSpeaker - Identify best presentations/speakers
#HIMSS15DanceOff - See #HIMSSanity
#HIMSS5k - Morning Runs
#HIMSSfood - Places to eat – good and bad – note them!
#HIMSS15Innovate - Innovation-related topics
#HIMSSPickuplines - See #HIMSSanity
#HIMSSTips - Tips and How-to’s to maximize conference value
#HIMSSwag - Booth bling and handouts worth noting

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 #HIMSS15. No need to do special searches and/or monitor the #HIMSS15 hashtag - that's my job. :)

3. Retweet every tweet mentioning this account. This isn’t about me. I 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 health information technology conferences.

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]

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