#HIMSS15 Mix Tape

HIMSS15 Mix TapeBlog 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.

To make it easy there’s a Youtube Playlist or Spotify Playlist for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

The Final Countdown – Europe. Suggested by @Brad_Justus “For hopefully the last countdown to ICD-10!”

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey. Suggested by @JasonAWolf “Because we can’t overlook the passion that got us into this work in the first place”

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”

Cry – Faith Hill. Suggested by @techguy (John Lynn) “I think there are plenty of reasons to cry at HIMSS”

Just Give Me A Reason – Pink Suggested by @ehrandhit “About doctors love of healthcare”

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice. Suggested by @ehrandhit See this fantastic blog for the reason why.

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…”

Uprising – Muse. Suggested by @MandiBPro (Mandi Bishop) “as symbolic of patient empowerment. :)”

Light my fire – The Doors. Suggested by @RasuShrestha “Come on baby light my FHIR!”

Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2. Suggested by @dsgold (David Goldsmith) “Because no single company can solve today’s HIT interoperability challenges”

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.”

I can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash. Suggested by @jonmertz “Because the NPRM for Meaningful Use Stage 3 is now out”

Climb Every Mountain – Sound of Music. Suggested by @dlschermd (David Lee Scher MD) “Healthcare Transformation is a long distance marathon and success will be by each battle won”

The Underdog – Spoon. Suggested by @OchoTex (Chad Johnson) “In the spirit of ‘anything is possible with technology’ the innovators are the ones who will make big changes, not the Big Dogs!”

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell. Suggested by @healthythinker (Jane Sarasohn-Kahn) “On data privacy”

People Get Ready – The Impressions. Suggested by @healthythinker (Jane Sarasohn-Kahn) “For patient-people empowerment, a classic song of the Civil Rights Movement”

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’ll Get You What You Want – The Muppets. Suggested by @Jess_Jacobs “Reminds me of every vendor on the floor”

The Dance. – Garth Brooks. Suggested by @Resultant (Joe Lavelle) “Because I wouldn’t miss #HIMSS networking and learning opportunities”

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!]

Numb – Linkin Park. Suggested by @Colin_Hung “Because that’s what my feet feel like after walking the HIMSS exhibit hall.”

Party in the USA. Suggested by @Colin_Hung “That’s what it feels like to meet old friends and make new ones each year at HIMSS”

Update – Additional Songs

Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Grateful Dead. Suggested by @ahier (Brian Ahier) “Watch this video and then end speaks volumes – Women in HealthIT

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who. Suggested by @2healthguru (Gregg Masters) “We won’t get fooled again’ cuz the mountain’s a little higher than we thought!”

Stir It Up – Bob Marley. Suggested by @janicemccallum “For everyone who has been called or wants to be a ‘silo buster’ ”

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!


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  2. Dirk Stanley · · Reply

    How about “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News – To remind us of the potential for #HealthIT to transform research and development of new pharmaceuticals?

    1. Thanks for your comment and song choice Dirk. I love that classic Huey Lewis song.

  3. “Team” by Lorde is a propos. We’ve referenced this song and the lyrics “we’re on each other’s team” in interoperability optimization presentations, because of the collaboration involved in achieving cross platform HIE.

  4. mikenstn · · Reply

    What a cool idea! Getting lots of notice. Well done Colin.

    1. We all enjoyed Colin’s super idea and even better execution here – a new trend for sure! #hcldr

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