2019: A New Chapter in HIMSS Social Media Ambassadorship

2019: A New Chapter in HIMSS Social Media Ambassadorship

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Chances are that if you are reading this you have experienced the influence of the HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors in some fashion. You have likely seen their posts hover atop Twitter and LinkedIn timelines. Maybe you have seen them speak at a healthcare conference. Possibly, you have been directly impacted by their work.

The HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors are a community of health innovators who embrace social media as a driver of change in the health IT industry. They work in exam rooms, courtrooms, boardrooms, studios and offices and have a wealth of experience as leaders across the healthcare ecosystem. As members of the HIMSS Social Media Ambassador program, they share this experience and expertise in carefully coordinated social media campaigns and thoughtful blog posts with a common, singular purpose – to inform and inspire change with great content and savvy social media.

In its six-year run, the HIMSS Social Media Ambassador program has 44 alumni whose hundreds of social media and content contributions have reached millions in service of the program’s mission. In the process, a professional family and innovative support network took shape.

Evolution from Social Media Ambassador to Digital Influencer

It is due to the success of our alumni, the program and the deep connections among many of the Social Media Ambassadors that we have decided to expand the scope of the program in the Fall of 2019. In many ways, the mission of the program will remain the same:

  • Strengthen industry discourse through inclusion and diversity of perspectives
  • Unearth and nurture emerging industry opportunities
  • Elevate key existing and inspiring new industry priorities
  • Highlight and celebrating leadership that supports this mission

The core difference in the program’s evolution is to build this mission beyond the platform of social media alone. While social media will still be a pivotal channel for this incoming class of digital influencers, the program’s future focus will be to:

  • Spend time building more accessible and visible exchanges of ideas between influencers, the industry and HIMSS leadership
  • Distribute this thought leadership to relevant audiences via all digital and face-to-face channels – not just via social media
  • Build stronger information bridges between the industry and HIMSS to accelerate innovation and inform relevant thought leadership
  • Develop content and engage audiences around all relevant industry milestones throughout the year – not just HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition

All additional changes will be in service of making the program more valuable to everyone involved – but most importantly to those that it serves: the health community.

Find Out More at HIMSS19

Given that applications for a HIMSS digital influencer program (yet to be named) will not open until the Fall of 2019, the 2017-2018 class of HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors will continue to serve as your lens for the HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition experience. A series of thought leadership content is already in the works from these ambassadors to help you make the most out of the HIMSS19 experience both in Orlando and via social media.

Follow HIMSS’s social media channels and all of the ambassadors listed below to see the highlights now, during and after the show.

Save the Date for the Meet the HIMSS Social Media Ambassador Meetup at HIMSS19
Tuesday, Feb. 12 | 4:00 – 4:45 pm EST | HIMSS Spot
No additional cost required

Come and get a pulse check on HIMSS19 and the new HIMSS digital influencer program from HIMSS staff and Ambassadors. Networking and photo opps to follow.

HIMSS Social Media Ambassador List

Follow. Engage. Connect.

Andy De | @HITstrategy
Brian Eastwood | @Brian_Eastwood
Brian Mack | @BFMack
Chuck Webster, MD, MSIE, MSIS | @wareFLO
Colin Hung | @Colin_Hung
Danielle Siarri | @innonurse
David Harlow | @healthblawg
Evan Kirstel | @evankirstel
Geeta Nayyar | @gnayyar
Janae Sharp | @coherencemed
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | @healthythinker
Linda Stotsky | @EMRAnswers
Lygeia Ricciardi | @Lygeia
Martin Jones | @Martinjonesaz
Matt Fisher | @matt_r_fisher
Max Stroud | @mmaxwellstroud
Nick van Terheyden, MD | @drnic1
Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA | @RasuShrestha
Sean Erreger | @StuckonSW
Tamara StClaire | @drstclaire

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2019: A New Chapter in HIMSS Social Media Ambassadorship