I’m tired and inspired after a weekend of BlogWorld/New Media Expo!
The Social Health track was successful and fun! Lots of networking, tons of information on blogging and social media…I left wanting to be a podcaster and a vlogger, in addition to regular blogging! All I need is 24 more hours in a day!
Speaking of podcasting, it was great to see Insights in Nursing host Jamie Davis and my fellow Insights panelist Cora Vizcarra (Infusion Nurse Blog). With us are content and communication strategist Carissa O’Brien and Chris Montera (EMS Radio).
Our keynote speaker was ePatient Dave.
Four years ago, Dave received a diagnosis of Stage IV renal cancer and survived with the help of an online support community and a physician willing to listen and work with him.
This was the first time I had heard Dave speak and if you haven’t heard his story, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
If you have a chance to hear him speak, even better!
Trisha Torrey (Every Patient’s Advocate) moderated a panel discussing sickness and health on the web.
Those booths in the back were areas to get chair massages, courtesy of JNJ’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future (bless you), who also provided snacks all day (bless you) and multiple charging stations (BLESS YOU!) It made for a very comfortable “day at the track”.
(Update: Cora emailed me a photo! Thanks, Cora!) Unfortunately, I have no photos of the panel I moderated, with Kevin Pho (KevinMD), Kerri and Bryan. Our topic was the effect of social media/networking sites on the medical blogosphere. Wonderful insights and spot-on observations of the state of blogging in the Twitter/Facebook world. I’m embarrassed to say I “moderated”, all I did was throw out a question and then listen to the panel!
The next morning, the Campaign hosted a breakfast for the nurses present at the conference. (I stole this photo from Cora’s blog!). Jamie is at the head of the table, with his wife Amy to his left. Lorry Schoenly (Correctional Nurse.net), Cora, myself, Christine McMenemy (A Mommy Story) and Rebecca Stazi from the JNJ Campaign for Nursing are also pictured.
Good food, good conversation – just drinkin’ coffee and talking shop!
I can kick myself for not getting a shot of the best session of the day, a White Board session with Marc Monseau and David Armano. (Wait, I’ll steal a pic from David’s Posterous – I just tweeted for permission!)
A passionate audience of patients, providers, caregivers and corporate, all brainstorming ways of improving communication in, and the provision of, healthcare. What a stimulating way to end the social health track! I was jazzed!
I also met my blog father again this year! Hugh Hewitt broadcasts from the exhibit floor every year. He actually asked me to come on the air at the end of the show – I was a “guest”! : D
How cool is that!
Well, it was a fantastic weekend! Again, it doesn’t happen without great sponsors, so I have to thank Johnson & Johnson and MedPage Today, along with Alliance Health and Wego for making it possible for us to meet again this year.
I’ll be there!
How ’bout you?