The 2014 annual conference of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development of the American Hospital Association was an overwhelming success. Here’s my evaluation of the conference using a report card format:
- Quality of Keynote Presentations & General Sessions: A-
- Quality of Breakout Sessions: C+
- Quality of Networking: A+
- Quality of Activity in the Exhibit Hall: A
- Quality of Events: A
These are good grades. The highlight of the conference, from my perspective, was Dr. Eric Topol’s presentation on Tuesday afternoon. He was phenomenal. After reading his book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, it was a treat for me to meet him at #SHSMD14 and to hear him speak about the consumer-driven revolution in healthcare – and the importance of digital medical technology for the individual. It was an incredible experience.
Throughout the conference I maintained a Storify: #SHSMD14 Curated. Within my Storify, the archived Tweets tell the story (a story) of the conference and much of what went on. Check it out by clicking here.
Speaking of Twitter, here are the final Twitter stats for the conference as documented by Symplur. You can click on the images below to enlarge them.
For me, conferences like this are about learning and fellowship. There was a time, before LinkedIn Groups and Twitter, when the learning was the more important of the two. Today, because I am accessing leading innovations in the field everyday through my contacts on social media, the revelations at conferences happen less frequently. But, the opportunities for fellowship, particularly with peers I’ve come to know and interact with through social media, are immense. Conference represent an amazing opportunity for connecting with these people in real life (IRL). This year I was able to connect with some amazing friends including Jason Wolf (Beryl Institute) and Colin Hung (Healthcare Leaders Twitter Chat Co-Founder). There were many others! Here are a few photos that represent some of the fellowship I experienced.