Looking Back in order to Look Ahead

Straight Ahead
Blog post by Colin Hung

Our next #hcldr chat on Tuesday December 23rd, will be the final one for 2014. There will not be a chat on December 30th – we’re taking a one week break. 🙂

For our final 2014 chat, I think it is appropriate to ask the wonderful #hcldr community for thoughts, feedback and ideas on the community itself. What went well in 2014? What could be improved? What can we do to continue evolving/growing as a community in 2015 and beyond?

2014 was definitely a year of growth, change and transition on #hcldr. First and foremost, we welcomed two amazing new moderators: Joe Babaian (@JoeBabaian) and Bernadette Keefe MD (@nxtstop1). Both of them have worked tirelessly to help organize guest speakers, write blogs and keep our Tuesday night chats running smoothly. Speaking personally, I feel tremendously grateful and humbled by Joe and Bernadette’s energy, enthusiasm and efforts. #hcldr would not be where it is today without them.

In the spring of 2014, Lisa Fields co-founder of #hcldr, retired from all social media. I know that many of us in the community were concerned and many (myself included) reached out to see what had happened. A handful of people have heard from Lisa and can confirm that she is okay. We wish her well and respect her wish to be offline.

In 2014 #hcldr featured 17 remarkable guests (the most we have ever had in a single year):

We also had 3 collaborative tweetchats with:

Throughout 2014, our #hcldr tweetchat has consistently ranked as the #1 or #2 chat on symplur. Each week we have over 100 participants who generate thousands of tweets and millions of impressions in our one hour chat. Although these statistics are nice, they aren’t as important as feeling of community that has grown stronger in 2014.

For me, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of #hcldr – the sense of camaraderie and familiarity that I feel with everyone who uses the hashtag. As a frequent conference attendee, I am always so thrilled to meet #hcldr community members in real life – and it’s always like greeting old friends. We hug/shake hands, take a picture together and jump immediately into deep conversations – all because of our interactions online.

We’ve accomplished a lot through #hcldr, but we know we can’t rest on our laurels. We must continue to evolve and expand – otherwise we risk fading into irrelevance. That’s why Joe, Bernadette, myself and many other members of the #hcldr community are preparing to do even more work together in 2015+. We’re contemplating:

  • More #hcldr meetups at various conferences
  • More guests
  • More collaboration with other communities
  • A new website that’s easier to navigate and search
  • Blog posts that aren’t tied to #hcldr chats

We’re also toying with the idea of an #hcldr specific get together – maybe not a full-on conference – but at least an in-person gathering of the #hcldr community.

Join us Tuesday December 23rd at 8:30pm Eastern (for your local time click here) for the final weekly #hcldr tweetchat of 2014. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions on how this year has gone. We also want your ideas on how our community can evolve in 2015 and beyond. We welcome any and all feedback.

  • T1 What do you enjoy most about #hcldr ?
  • T2 What should we keep doing from 2014 ? (blog, guests, summaries, chat)
  • T3 What should we stop doing on #hcldr ?
  • T4 What would you like #hcldr to start doing in 2015 and beyond? What ideas do you have for us to expand/evolve?

Image Credit

Straight Ahead – Dean



  1. Reblogged this on HealthcareVistas – by Joseph Babaian and commented:

    A year-end wrap up for #hcldr – a great way to wind down while looking forward to an exciting 2015!

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