#HCLDR is a strong and vibrant online community of people who all share a passion for improving healthcare. Our community includes patients, physicians, nurses, CEOs, IT folks, caregivers, policy makers and students from countries such as Canada, USA, Philippines, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and South Africa.
Every Tuesday at 8:30pm Eastern time (GMT-5), the #HCLDR community gathers for a weekly tweetchat where we discuss a healthcare related topic. In the days before the weekly chat, a blog is posted here on this website that provides background information and context for the discussion. Each post has the questions that will be discussed on the Tuesday chat.
#HCLDR was created by Colin Hung and Lisa Fields in 2012. The original idea was to establish a “virtual space” where people who were passionate about healthcare could gather and discuss issues via social media. At the time, there wasn’t a chat dedicated to leadership challenges in healthcare nor was there a community that was suited for people who were healthcare leaders – both in title and in spirit.
#HCLDR is open to anyone and everyone. It’s not just for healthcare executives. If you care about health, the care you or your loved ones receive or any aspect of the healthcare industry – then we consider you a healthcare leader and we hope that you will share your leadership with our community.
Since its launch in 2012 #HCLDR has grown beyond its humble beginnings and has exceeded even the wildest expectations of its founders. The Tuesday chats now regularly attract 125+ participants and generate over 11 Million impressions each week. It has been an incredible journey – one of constant evolution and change. In the spring of 2014 one such change occurred. Lisa Fields decided to retire from social media and from #HCLDR. Thankfully several members of the #HCLDR community stepped up and became full-time moderators to help guide and shape the community. As well, several members became trusted advisors – lending their knowledge, advice and expertise to the community.
Joe Babaian (@JoeBabaian)
Joseph Babaian is a progressive leader and healthcare IT consultant hailing from humid Houston, Texas. He has over 15 years of IT management and business development experience supporting the healthcare and telecommunications sectors.
An engaged pro in using social media to improve customer experience and engagement, Joseph works to be a driver for creating new efficiencies in business operations plus finding and creating new opportunities. With a keen interest in healthcare leadership initiatives, Joseph led a motivated and skilled group of senior MBA students to create a successful business plan for the Texas Medical Center’s Council of Nursing Executives in pursuit of a new Nursing Leadership Institute. The resulting business plan was well-received by the council and adopted as their blueprint.
Joseph holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management with a focus on Healthacre administration from the University of Houston. He is a member of ACHE, HIMSS, Beta Gamma Sigma, serves as Vice-President for his MBA Alumni Association, and spends time in the summer helping to lead his community summer swim team, The Sharks.
Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) – Co-Founder
Colin Hung has enjoyed a 20 year career in software and information technology, the last 10 years in the healthcare IT industry. He has helped to design and launch over a dozen health and healthcare related products including solutions for: infection control, risk management, claims processing, electronic health records, performance improvement, patient feedback and patient engagement.
Colin lives and works in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is actively involved in the healthcare community. He not only hosts #hcldr, but is also a regular participant in #hcsmca and #HITsm tweetchats. As well, Colin is a member of Hacking Health, an organization dedicated to improving healthcare through collaborative innovation.
Colin helped to author the Taxonomy Monograph as part of ASHRMs Data for Safety Taxonomy Task Force, has participated in several overseas healthcare IT missions, been a keynote speaker at many patient safety/engagement conferences and is member of The Walking Gallery (http://reginaholliday.blogspot.ca/2011/04/walking-gallery.html). Colin holds a Bachelors of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and is passionate about improving healthcare.
Bernadette Keefe (@nxtstop1)
Dr.Bernadette Keefe practiced Academic Radiology at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill, NC from 1987 until 2000. She received her medical school and residency training in New York City from 1977-1986 at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and NY Presbyterian & Weil Cornell Medical Centers,followed by a Fellowship in Ultrasonography at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. At UNC, her expertise was in endocavitary and transplant sonography.
In 2013, after one year observation of the twitter sphere, Dr.Keefe opened a twitter account (@walkeredu) and shortly after a second account (@nxtstop1). The @walkeredu account is for “The Walker Education Project” which is devoted to her project to redesign the walker mobility aid to better suit individuals who use them. The @nxtstop1 account is Dr. Keefe’s professional twitter account.
Since launching @nxtstop1 on Twitter, Bernadette has become involved in myriad activities in the social media and healthcare social media space including participation in numerous tweet chats, online attendance at multiple global medical conferences (curating the hashtag of a dozen), and writing blog posts about healthcare technology, aging issues and the role of social media in healthcare. Alongside the walker education project, Dr Keefe is passionate about the invaluable role of social media for MDs-both during medical education and in practice (private and academic).
The following people have graciously volunteered their time, energy and advice to the #HCLDR community. They have provided support and valuable guidance on numerous occasions. Their selfless efforts have been a key factor in the community’s success.