October 17, 2010, 10:27 am

Pictures from an Exposition: BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2010

BlogWorld BadgeGreetings from Las Vegas!

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.

Lisa Emrich (Brass and Ivory), Jenni Prokopy (ChronicBabe) and Amy Tenderich (Diabetes Mine) discussed many topics, including the importance of transparency.

Caught some of the group on camera: behind Amy and Jenni are: Marc Monseau  (JNJ BTW), Kerri Morrone-Sparling (Six Until Me), Bob Stern (MedPage Today), and Brian Vartabedian (33 Charts).

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.

Next year?

I’ll be there!

How ’bout you?


  • InfusionNurse

    October 17, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Here’s a pic of you session taken from the back!! LOL

  • Laura Scarborough

    October 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    hurray! you and Christine hooked up! I told her to tweet out to you and meet. I am so glad that you all did. perhaps next year i will be enjoying the Blog World fun with you. Thanks for sharing.

  • doc

    October 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    It is indeed gratifying to see multiple facets of medical sciences/practice in blogosphere getting together to try to find ways to harness the seemingly endless energy of blogosphere to mesh it with the technologies/trends of the day for the ultimate good of our patients.

  • Mary Lu

    October 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Kim, Glad to hear Blogworld was a success from your standpoint, and that of medicine. I had to skip this year. I’ll talk to you soon.. So neat you met Hugh. He’s a real doll and wonderful guy.

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