Blog by Colin Hung
Every year I look forward to the HIMSS conference – the annual gathering of the HealthIT industry in North America. The year’s event is being held in Chicago from April 13-16 and it should attract a record number of attendees.
I’ve had the good fortune of being able to attend HIMSS for the past 7 years. #HIMSS15 will be my 8th one in a row and this year I will be one of the Social Media Ambassadors at the conference. I am humbled and honored to be part of the team that will be helping to live-tweet the event for those that cannot be there in person.
In preparation for #HIMSS15 I thought I do something fun. So here is the first HIMSS Mix Tape (#HIMSS15Mix) – a collection of songs that represent the tone, emotion and general feeling of this year’s conference. These songs were carefully curated from a number of well-known HealthIT personalities.
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police. Suggested by @CyndyNayer “I’m thinking this is the background for #HITChicks wherever we are!”
Another One Bites The Dust – Queen. The Long & Winding Road – The Beatles. Riders on the Storm – The Doors. Suggested by @EMRAnswers (Linda Stotsky) “All capture HIT frustrations with EMR, HIE and interoperability”
Everything is Awesome – Tegan and Sara ft The Lonely Island. Suggested by @HealthcareWen “Because it’s an awesome team song”
Time – Pink Floyd. Suggested by @drnic1 (Nick van Terheyden) “And then one day you find ten years have got behind you No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way…”
Burning Down the House – Bonnie Raitt. Suggested by @MightyCasey (Casey Quinlan) “Because we’re both redheads of a certain age…’My house, is out of the ordinary That’s right, don’t want to hurt nobody’ … ‘Fightin’ fire with fire’…And a QR code. That’s me.”
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift. Suggested by @askjoyrios (Joy Rios) “The first song that comes to my head is the Taylor Swift, “Shake it Off,” but I’m not sure who is the player and who is the shaker…or maybe it should be payer…’cause the payer’s gonna pay, pay, pay, pay, pay…”
When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin. Suggested by @ShimCode (Steve Sisko) “For the growing backlash against EHR’s, MU and since all the healthIT crowd is going to Chicago! 🙂 And docs leaving practice because of ICD-10: “Mean old ICD-10 taught me to weep and moan, Got what it takes to make a doctor man leave his home”
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers. Suggested by @MelSmithJones “It’s always too long of a wait until I get to see everyone. Then we put ourselves into blissful misery with all of that endless walking. Then I can’t wait until next year as soon as it is over :)”
1999 – Prince. Suggested by @healthblawg “Perhaps a comment on how far HealthIT lags behind other IT?” [Note: This is the only song on the mix tape that doesn’t seem to exist on YouTube. In fact there is virtually nothing of Prince on YouTube. Isn’t it ironic that the song chosen by a lawyer has the most rigorously enforced copyrights? 🙂 David!]
Update – Additional Songs
Killing the Blues – Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Suggested by @SusanCHull “HIT promises are failing, just like embers. In colors red and gold, they set us on fire. Burning just like moonbeams in our eyes. Somebody said they saw me swinging the world by the tail. Bouncing over a white cloud, killing the HIT blues.”
Add your song to the #HIMSS15Mix in the comments below.
See you in Chicago!