Fear of Missing Out in Healthcare

 or, how we learned to love conferences from afar.


Blog post by Joe Babaian

The Fear of Missing Out or FOMO is commonly defined as:

A pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent. A desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.

We’ve all been there, or perhaps not – during this high conference season with #HIMSS18, #SXSW2018, #2018HPI and many more. This week will be the last conference-related #hcldr topic for a while – we’ll switch gears again and head toward an amazing Population Health topic next Tuesday, March 13th, 830p E with special guests from the Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University plus Gregg Masters and Fred Goldstein! We can’t wait!

So, the fear of missing out. There is no shame in admitting that photos and casts of amazing sessions, new innovations, seemingly all of your friends hanging out, and amazing new insights remind you that you are not there. Things have changed and the dynamic isn’t simply (a) going to the conference or (b) tweeting/blogging/sharing the conference from home as a pale substitute.

We see the line blurred, erased actually – valuable interactions with folks from all over are more than just the outside looking in. True interaction, discussion, sharing, and movement are happening whether or not you are badged and in attendance or not! The key is your personal passion and willingness to engage. Two examples from #HIMSS18 have already stood out in this regard.

My good friend @GraceCordovano helped organize a gifting program for the local shelter in Las Vegas – pulling together #HIMMS18 attendees and yet she is not at the conference this year! Many friends in attendance such as @MI_turnaround, @nickinnpdx, our own @Colin_Hung plus many more helped on the ground in Las Vegas.

This is both amazing and shows that the fear of missing out doesn’t need to keep you out of the mix. True #HCLDR and Chief Innovation Officer at @UPMC – #UPMCInnovates – friend @RasuShrestha shared a telling tweet this week from #HIMSS18:

Rasu has been doing an outstanding job speaking and moderating this week, and he sees firsthand the worldwide interactions taking place – the combination of in-person and remote collaboration moving the needle.

Finally, no discussion of FOMO would be complete without looking at What’s the Fix 2018 – a healthcare conference for those in-person and remote, by design! Huge kudos to @HealthSparq and #HCLDR @BurtRosen for their passion behind this conference. Be sure to check it out!


This week on #HCLDR we’ll chat about the Fear of Missing Out in Healthcare and what that even means in today’s environment.

Please join me on Tuesday March 6th at 8:30pm ET for the weekly #hcldr tweetchat where we will be discussing the fear of missing out.

  • T1 How have you experienced the fear of missing out in healthcare & how did you overcome it?

  • T2 How has the landscape of Tweeting, real-time interactions, and strong networks overcome the traditional need to be everywhere in person?

  • T3 What examples do you have of real value obtained/shared in cases where you were not personally present at a conference? Is this wishful thinking?

  • T4 What changes in conference design would further facilitate the tightening of the bonds between remote and in-person attendance?

Photo Credit: imgur.com/a/4q7Ds


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