Friday, January 29, 2016

Influencing HIT:Five Behaviors that will keep you at the top of your game without being an enormous time suck

Most HIT professionals, who fashion themselves influential often fall off after everyone has been to their one-man show and have seen all the tricks. We all know that Health IT isn't always sexy and doesn't always put asses in seats. That said I thought I'd share with you some behaviors that can help you become more appealing, increase your visibility in the HIT sector, and keep you on the list of "most influential". And I'm so thoughtful; this post will only take you ten minutes to read and everything on the list can be accomplished in an hour or less. No time suck. Grab chair, a coffee, and your Evernote app. This is going to be a good one.

  1. Each morning before I start my day, but not before my morning espresso (let's not get crazy), I read up on HIT "need to know" news and events. My favorite place to do this is Fierce Healthcare . Time: 15 minutes
  2. Even if you're working from home, get to work early. There's nothing worse than an influencer who gets the information two hours after everyone else has already left the water-cooler. Time: 30 minutes
  3. Curate and post some useful content. The people who follow you need to know that you know what they want. My favorite tool for HIT content is DrumUp . If time is an issue, save your draft but ensure you return to it later.Time: 1 hour
  4. Jump on some Twitter chats and give your insights. For the HIT crowd, the best chats in my opinion are #HITsm, #Healthcarechat #HealthITchicks #Kareochat, and #HITSMIND. Time: 1 hour
  5. Archive and share. Archiving your post and research can save time when trying to pull data later. Also, peers really appreciate it when you can share works you've cited in your post. Time: 15 minutes

So there you have it, disruptors. Go forth and influence.