Social Media and Career Development – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/26 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Mandi Bishop (@MandiBPro) on the topic “Social Media and Career Development.

I’m so psyched to be hosting HITsm again! As I was considering topics–will US healthcare’s hunger for ever-increasing profitability ever allow true value realization for individuals rather than corporations, will FHIR fizzle, will digital giants usurp data aggregators and gateways–I found out I’d been included on a new Top 50 list of Influential Voices in Healthcare. I wouldn’t have been on that list if it weren’t for this platform and this chat. So THAT’S what I want to talk about.

A decade ago, I’d built a name for myself as a healthcare data and technology consultant for local companies. I was working consistently and learning a ton. But I knew there was a whole universe of opportunity and information out there beyond my experience–so I joined Twitter to see what and who I could find. That first login led to life-changing connections and a winding ride of a career path I hadn’t imagined.

It’s fitting for me to use this week’s HITsm chat to reflect on the role social media plays in career development (and, in some cases, career destruction). John Lynn and the HITsm crew were catalysts for my personal brand development, which ultimately led me to so many firsts–my first visit to San Francisco where I met personal heroes, my first conference speaking engagement invitation, my first journal contributor invitation, and so many more. This community launched me through start-ups and large enterprise gigs alike, and supported me through successes and failures.

Thanks to you all, I’m right where I’m supposed to be. It turns out I was an analyst all along–just without the official designation! So I want to hear your stories–the good, the bad, and the ugly–and I want to know how this community can support each others’ growth and development.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss the following questions.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: Let’s kick off with a #shoutout! Who have you met on social media who’s inspired you? #HITsm

T2: Would you say social media has influenced your professional life? Why/why not? #HITsm

T3: Share your favorite insight or inspiration sources. What groups, chats, or communities do you find most helpful? #HITsm

T4: How do you feel these social media communities drive real change in the broader healthcare experience? #HITsm

T5: How do you balance professionalism with authenticity on your social media accounts? #HITsm

Bonus: “This one time, at band camp…” Tell us your favorite stories of meeting someone from social media in real life. #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule

3/5 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

3/12 – How Can a Digital Workforce Address Healthcare’s Challenges?
Hosted by Linda Stotsky (@EMRAnswers) from @Bossoft

3/19 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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