(The following post was written by John Lynn and originally appeared on his EMR & HIPAA blog. I am sharing it here to spread the word about the #HIT100. John is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network. He is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn. I’ve made a few minor edits to the original post. If you’d like to check out the 2016 #HIT100 List, click here. It was published in Healthcare IT News.)
The fourth of July has traditionally marked the start of #HIT100 nominations. The first #HIT100 was started by Michael Planchart, the person behind the Twitter handle formerly known as @theEHRGuy (he gave custodian of the Twitter account to someone else and Michael seems to have gone anonymous for some reason), as a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and turned out to be a fun way to get to know many of the various healthcare social media influencers throughout the summer. Even with Michael now off social media, we hope we can carry on the tradition that Michael started by continuing to encourage people to participate in the nominations for the #HIT100.
If you missed past versions, the #HIT100 is a way for you to recognize your peers, friends, and heroes who have been contributing to the #HealthIT, #HITsm, #hcsm, #HITchicks, #hcldr, #HITMC and other related communities through their tweets, blogs, books, etc. Your nomination is a small reward for their efforts and all of the nominations in aggregate make for an amazing list of people working to improve healthcare.
In order to make the nominations meaningful, we ask that all nominations include the person being nominated, the #HIT100 hashtag, and a short phrase or hashtag identifying why you’re nominating that person. You don’t have to explain why you’re nominating someone, but if you don’t do it then it generally lacks meaning and looks like you’re just trying to game the nomination process. Take the time and make your nominations something that provides value to the person you’re nominating.
Also, if you really want to go the extra mile, Michael has asked people to do what they can to support the challenges the Venezuelan people face right now where many people are starving and can’t get medications. I really like Michael’s idea of doing even more with our #HIT100 nominations. So, even if you don’t connect with his Venezuelan request, think about ways you can better help those in healthcare who need it the most.
Here’s an example nomination: “I nominate @MandiBPro to the #HIT100 list because she’s a sincere advocate for the patient and doing what’s right in healthcare.”
We’ll be using the following rules for how we’ll be counting nominations (others in the community are welcome to use their own methods):
1. Twitter accounts must have existed prior to today.
2. The nomination process is completely socially biased, but we’ll filter obvious abuse where reasonable (Did the Nigerian Princess with no followers really nominate you?).
3. RTs will be counted if they include the required elements.
4. Thank you RTs by the person being nominated will not be counted, but we do encourage sincere gratitude being expressed to those who nominate you. If you remove the nomination from your tweet you’ll have more room to show thanks without cluttering the stream.
5. There will only be one round of voting.
6. Please do not include the #HITsm or other hashtags unless they apply to the person(s) being nominated. Let’s be conscious of unnecessarily adding tweets to everyone’s stream.
7. Nominations will be counted at the sole discretion of the hosts and anyone else is welcome to chop up, analyze, the nominations however they see fit as well. This is for fun anyway, so don’t stress it.
8. Last but not least, you must have lots of fun!
I’m looking forward to seeing all the nominations. Plus, we’ll publish a list of the top 100 nominations and a number of other lists that come out of the nominations as well.
(Note from Dan: Here is a link to a post I wrote about #HIT99 in 2015. It provides more background information.)