Thursday, July 20, 2017

More on the Value of a Worthwhile #HIT100 Nominee

Today’s HIStalk newsletter included a short piece from one of their often anonymous contributors -‘Expanding Paunch’ - who called into question the ‘worthiness’ of those who’ll be ranked among the #HIT100

[For those not familiar with what #HIT100 is all about, here's some info on this year's event.]

Scoring a #HIT100 Nominee - The Expanding Paunch Scale

From Expanding Paunch: 

“Re: HIT100. I’d like to see the winners scored on real-life experience and accomplishments instead of chronic Twitterhea.” I spent way too much time thinking about this idea, coming up with a scoring methodology that reflects what I look for in assessing someone’s accomplishments in deciding whether they are therefore qualified to render healthcare-related opinions. Here’s my first pass – score yourself and your peers and tell me which criteria you would change. I’ll grade the HIT100 once they are named, using the self-reported information (often inflated) from their LinkedIn profiles since everything should be right there. The scores I tested tracked pretty closely to my assessments of some of our industry’s more prolific pundits, ranging from 0.5 points to over 70. I was kind in deleting an additional metric that deducted points for using self-styled, questionably accurate labels such as thought leader, visionary, thinker, innovator, and entrepreneur.

Education & Work Experience - Analytical Approach
Expanding Paunch shared an interesting commentary about being worthy of the #HIT100 ranking and his/her accompanying ‘spreadsheet rating’ chart offered some good metrics for supporting for her/his position. Education and work experience are key requirements for being a good source of "HIT" information, ideas and opinions.

What does #HIT100 stand for?
To be clear, “HIT” means “Health Information Technology.” I think most people who’ve been active in health IT and social media for any length of time understand that the #HIT100 event was borne based on the idea of acknowledging one’s healthcare IT knowledge, skills, experience AND social abilities relative to the creation, curation AND dissemination of insight, ideas, opinions and occasional facts regarding healthcare information technology products, services, challenges, opportunities and issues - via social channels.

What Makes a ‘Good’ #HIT100 Nominee?
For some reason, ‘Expanding Paunch’ doesn’t appreciate the value that a solid background in information technology, a 'non-clinical' background, experience with content creation and curation, and the ability to share content across a range of social channels can have. 

I've shared my take on What Makes a Good #HIT100 Nominee and 11 Qualities of a Good #HIT100 Nominee.

Non-IT, Clinical Management Expertise Only?
‘Expanding Paunch’ apparently believes that a worthwhile health information technology social media “persona” can only be attributed to someone possessing an advanced clinical background in “management.”

Two major omissions in this ranking methodology are:

1. Penalizes those who aren't a "provider of clinical care" and/or not having a direct patient clinical care focus. 

I get the fact that ultimately it's all about the patient and providing clinical services. But the reality is that administrative, financial, communication and other 'non-clinical services' provided by people other than physicians are important parts of healthcare.

2. Doesn't include any acknowledgement of a person's social footprint.

What's an Ideal #HIT100 Nominee?
I guess a practicing physician who’s a CMIO at a vendor with some sort of 'informatics only' role is considered the ideal #HIT100 prospect? Regardless as to whether they actively share their knowledge via social channels, conferences, podcasts, etc.

How Do You Rank on the Expanding Paunch Scale?

I did a one minute calculation of my ‘#HIT100 worthiness’ based on the ‘Expanding Paunch' algorithm and I garnered about 20 points - apparently I’m not worthy. 

I'm looking forward to ‘Expanding Paunch’s’ rating of the HIT100 ‘winners.’  And I’d like to know more about how ‘Expanding Paunch’ ranks himself too.

Steve S - ShimCode

P.S. In the past, I spent a lot of time tabulating and sharing #HIT100 info and commentary when others wouldn’t or weren’t able to tabulate and/or share. This post is my contribution to this year's #HIT100 event.

Previous Blog Posts on the #HIT100

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What Makes a Good #HIT100 Nominee?

The popular 2017 #HIT100 backslapping contest started the other day on July 4th - Independence Day. 

How apropos!

All those who've lived in healthcare, information technology and social media space for any length of time in the short world of social media, must surely be chuckling about how many of those being nominated for the #HIT100 are largely devoid of any reasonable reason for their nomination.

Why Should You Be Nominated to the #HIT100?

Role & Presence

What is your role in the healthcare space and specifically healthcare IT?
What social channels do you have a presence on?
How has your social media presence grown over the past 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 years?
How many people connected to healthcare and IT ‘follow’ you on your various social channels?

What Value Do You Regularly Provide to Others?

How often do you include URLs and other 3rd party information in your tweets?
How often do people engage & reach out to you on your social channels?
How often do you respond to those who comment on/reach out to you on your social channels? Always? Often? Never? No one reaches out to you?
How often do you post?


How many times have you been interviewed? On podcasts? Print media? Otherwise?
How often do people comment on your blog posts?
How often do you comment on other’s blog posts?
How often are you quoted in trade magazines and periodicals?
How often have you presented at healthcare IT-related conferences?

Personal Investment
How often do you attend healthcare IT-related conferences? And what is your role at those conferences?
How do you directly support healthcare IT-related associations and non-profit organizations?
Have you ever been a Social Media Ambassador at a major healthcare IT conference? Which ones?

Who Wants to Hear from You?
How many associations, non-profits, and others not selling a for-profit product have you supported? How?
How many times have you hosted tweetchat?

Is It All About You?

How much of your ‘Social Presence’ is self-promotion versus sharing information, ideas and opinions with others? 

This is What it Is!

I hope these somewhat pointed questions don't get you too mad at me. If so, please call me out and share your perspective.