As mentioned in a previous blog post, I attended the annual HIMSS conference held this year in sunny Orlando. Like Crysta Anderson who recently blogged about how social media friendly the event was, I too was impressed by the extent to which HIMSS encouraged use of social media. From free wi-fi (something not available at the Toronto Metro convention centre except in select locations for last year’s OHA HealthAchieve conference) to a social media booth, bloggers and tweeters were made to feel welcome and were encouraged to share their views and experiences.
Will the annual Canadian eHealth conference scheduled to take place this year in Toronto be as social media friendly? Hopefully the experience will be better than it was at last year’s event in Vancouver – hardly anyone was tweeting from the event. COACH, are you listening? Besides having a twitter handle, what will you be doing to encourage bloggers? Also, vendors, take note. A number of vendors at HIMSS held tweetups in their exhibit booths and GE Healthcare even treated a number of bloggers (including me) to an evening a Universal’s Islands of Adventure.