Resolutions, Trends and Social Media in 2019

Blog post by Colin Hung

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to make this year your best ever.

I managed to take a couple of weeks off – first time in a long time – and I’m feeling very refreshed. 2019 is going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones.

Our first chat of 2019 will be happening this week on Tuesday January 8th at 8:30pm ET. An interesting side note – 2018 was the first time in the history of HCLDR that we skipped the chat for two weeks in a row. We normally continue with our weekly chats right through the holidays, but last year the chats would have fallen on December 25th and January 1st.

Given it’s the first chat, I’m interested to hear the everyone’s thoughts about what’s going to happen in 2019 – both personally and professionally.

On the personal side, I’d love to know whether you make resolutions, set goals or commit to changes in the upcoming year. Or do you prefer to establish broad guidelines rather than hard-line objectives? I’ve tried both and have learned that I’m especially bad at keeping resolutions. I’m much more of a “guidelines” person. Last year, for example, I wanted to try to eat better. Instead of setting a calorie goal or going on a specific diet, I set myself a guideline that I would resist eating dessert while on the road (which I used to do a lot). I also promised to not buy chocolate bars as a meal replacement. For the most part I was successful.

Perhaps it is all semantics – “resolution” vs “guideline” – for me, guideline felt a little more forgiving. With resolutions, I believed that as soon I as had broken it once, that was it. I had failed. With a guideline, I just felt a little more forgiveness. If I fell off the wagon, I felt I could get back on without penalty.

On the professional side, I’m really interested to know the healthcare trends you see bubbling up in 2019. Will this be the year we finally see progress on health data interoperability (or outrage at the lack of it)? Are we still going to be talking about telehealth this year? Will physician burnout remain on the agenda? Has involving patients in co-design jumped the shark [I certainly hope not!]?

Of course it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t spend a little time on our first 2019 HCLDR chat, talking about social media. Where do you see social media heading in 2019? Will the platforms continue to be under assault like they were in 2018 (ie: Facebook’s trust problems, Twitter’s fake account problem, etc)? Have we reached “peak-social-media” in healthcare (meaning that its usage has reached its maximum)?

Join us on Tuesday January 8th at 8:30pm ET (for your local time click here) when we will be discussing:

  • T1 Resolutions? Goals? Broad guidelines? Which do you prefer to use at the start of a new year? What has worked for you?
  • T2 What healthcare trends will dominate the discussion in 2019? Is this a good or bad thing?
  • T3 Have we reached the peak of social media usage in healthcare? What do you see happening in 2019 regarding healthcare social media?
  • T4 What are you looking forward to the most in 2019 (healthcare or otherwise)?


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Ostermeyer, Krystina RN BSN CDE. “Top 6 2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthcare Professionals”, Advance Healthcare Network, 2 January 2019,, accessed 6 January 2019.

Sung, Morgan. “10 New Year’s resolutions that will make your online life a little better”, Mashable, 31 December 2018,, accessed 6 January 2019.

Burkeman, Oliver. “Resolutions abandoned already? Good. Now the real battles can begin”, The Guardian, 4 January 2019,, accessed 6 January 2019

Holmes, Ryan. “Social media predictions for 2019: a return to personal authenticity”, Fast Company, 18 December 2018,, accessed 6 January 2019

Farr, Christina. “Amazon gets into health insurance — and more 2019 health-tech predictions from top experts”, CNBC, 27 December 2018,, accessed 6 January 2018

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Happy new year – Gunvor Rokke

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