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An Amazing Online Community of Healthcare Leaders

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 11.40.36 AMEvery Tuesday night, somewhere around 130 healthcare leaders (#HCLDR) come together on Twitter for a one hour chat on a specified topic. The participants come from a wide variety of roles within healthcare: physicians, nurses, therapists, patients, hospital CEOs, public health specialists, marketers, web developers, technologists, journalists and scientists. This is a remarkable community and the conversation each week is fast and furious, and often extends well beyond the appointed hour. My professional life has been enriched by my participation in this community.

Here’s a video of my friend Lisa Fields, one of the co-founders of the chat (Colin Hung is the other co-founder), as she was preparing to tell the story of the #HCLDR chat at the 2013 Stanford Medicine X Conference. Stanford Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and emerging technologies. It was wonderful that they invited Lisa to present her experience with the #HCLDR chat. According to the Medicine X website, “The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care.”

You can learn more about the #HCLDR chat by visiting the official blog at If you’d like to know more about Lisa Fields, here’s her bio from SpeakerLink:

Lisa Fields connects creativity, humor, and practical wisdom along with an M.S. in adult education. She has over twenty years experience as a professional speaker and trainer. Her dedication to our field has allowed her the honor of sitting side-by-side paramedics as they responded to calls for medical assistance, coached 911 professionals as they coordinated emergency services and participated in family meetings centered on end of life discussions. Ms. Fields has worked within the Addiction, Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation field. While always pleased to have the opportunity to design custom programs, Lisa’s talks focus on the following core areas: Participatory Medicine, visual storytelling, patient satisfaction, peer-to-peer health care, leadership development, Social Media, conflict resolution, and communication.

5 comments on “An Amazing Online Community of Healthcare Leaders

  1. Dan,
    Thank you for highlighting #HCLDR and the community that continues to humble Colin and I. To know your professional life has been enriched by Healthcare Leaders is remarkable and so gratifying. I always learn something new after each and every chat.

    I believe we are providing professional development, support and education. A significant portion of the success is that diverse seasoned professionals like you are sharing and in fact informally mentoring and making an impact within the community.

    Thank you,

    • Lisa, you and Colin are doing such a great job with the community! Thank you for all you do.

  2. Wow. Thanks Dan for the kind words and kudos. The #HCLDR community is amazing – so diverse and so willing to share. I’m inspired every week. It doesn’t seem like work then the outcome is so enjoyable.

    #HCLDR wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for other healthcare tweetchats that blazed the trail ahead of us. For me #hcsm #hcsmca and #HITsm were the chats where I first learned about how valuable these online gatherings could be. I still participate in those chats when time allows.

    Again, appreciate this post Dan. You’re awesome.

    • Thanks Colin. It is my honor to highlight the good work that you and Lisa are doing.

  3. This is wonderful, thanks for sharing!

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