As I recently announced on Twitter, I have a new job. Starting at the end of the month, I will be an Implementation Specialist at Forerun, Inc., an ED charting company based in Waltham, Mass. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’m thrilled to start working there, as I’ve wanted a more tech focused career in healthcare ever since I started reading John Halamka’s blog two years ago. It seemed fitting that the week I was hired to work at Forerun was the same week he wrote a post highlighting Forerun’s integration of Digital Pen technology into ED charting as his Cool Technology of the Week.
While I was going through the interview process, it became increasingly apparent to me how helpful social media was in helping me land this position. To some people, where they work and what they do is just a job. When they get home, they forget about it until the next day, and aren’t interested in keeping up to date with the industry.
That’s not how I operate. I’m passionate about what I do, and was delighted to find some kindred spirits within the #HITsm community. It’s quite a diverse group; from standards geeks, developers, and health IT support staff to healthcare communicators, providers, and policy analysts, #HITsm reaches out to an impressively broad group of people who are passionate about Health IT. It’s that wide spectrum of participation that I believe makes it such a valuable resource.
Personally, the value I’ve received from HITsm has mainly come in 3 forms:
- Technical resources- Whether it’s questions about HL7 messaging, interoperability, or any of the other questions I’ve had about Health IT, #HITsm has been my primary source for direction to valuable resources. Searching the web is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant, and being able to find concise, reliable info is crucial.
- Intersection of ideas- An important aspect of #HITsm is that there is always a lot of discussion around how Health IT initiatives are going to effect the quality of patient care. I believe this is a vital part of cultivating a real passion for Health IT.
- Community- In the world of Health IT, the sheer volume of new information involved can be overwhelming. There’s no one person in the industry who has all the answers. Only when we come together do we become capable of reaching our full potential.
I’m hesitant to use the word synergy, but I think it’s an accurate description of the #HITsm process . Synergy isn’t just teamwork, but rather:
“Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken seperately.” -Buckminster Fuller
Synergy is not merely creating value. It’s more than the value of collaboration. It is the ability to see how healthcare works as a complete system, which requires input from all the stakeholders involved. In #HITsm, I believe we get a weekly snapshot of an industry in motion. Throughout the week, we are all engaged in sharing relevant Health IT news, stories, and resources. Along with posting these links, we are able to share our opinions on what’s going on in healthcare. I think it’s important to step back and see how the work you do fits into an overall system, and #HITsm helps connect these disparate elements, much like I try to do with my blog, Bio Digital Jazz. The inspiration for starting to blog was my desire to continue the conversations started through #HITsm, and I’ve been very pleased with the results.
The reason #HITsm has been such a fantastic resource for me and for everyone else involved is that, in the end, healthcare is about communication. Patients must communicate with their providers to advocate for themselves. Doctors must communicate amongst themselves and with their patients to ensure they are providing the highest quality of care. Systems must communicate with everyone, whether it be with other systems or with the humans who use them. #HITsm helps bring all these elements together into one coherent, engaging community based on openness, support, and innovation. I’m honored to be associated with such a bright and passionate group of individuals who are working so hard to improve healthcare through technological innovation and social interaction. I’m confident that my new career at Forerun will enable me to participate in an even more meaningful way, and I look forward to the many great #HITsm conversations to come.
Nate Osit is a Health IT professional and new member of the team at Forerun Systems. Follow his journey through the Health IT landscape in his blog Bio-Digital Jazz. All opinions expressed here are his own.
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