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Nutrition Informatics Blog

Apr

26

Piqued by Social Media

Social media tends to make its way into my workday as a nudge from those I connect with:  a haphazard question, comment or as new publications surface.  This most often happens on Twitter, when someone loads up @lindseybh into a tweet, after which it lands in my e-mail.  Even though I often use those that I follow on Twitter as the best daily newscast on health and health IT, I recently just skip over it and jump right into my daily tasks.  This week, I received an interesting tweet from @XeroxHealthcare:     

“How do you, @lindseybh think innovations in health technology may improve care for patients? http://bit.ly/ITmsjZ#WorldHealthCareCongress

My first thought was—“I have too much to do to respond. “   I then spent major portions of the next day trying to navigate health care for a family member.  To understand my story—see Regina Holliday’sblog from last year.  At the same time I reflected on the many times I agreed to have lunch (or breakfast, dinner, drinks, etc) with someone in health IT who wanted to “pick my brain.”  (Health IT/IS Consulting was my role prior to joining as Academy Staff.) After multiple invites from LinkedIn “acquaintances”, I began to feel that it (having my “brain picked”) was a waste of my time –and a free gift to those who want to jump into health care innovation.  Then I realized that what happened each time someone else “picked my brain”—was that I thought of a new idea or innovative product or “gap” need in health care that doesn’t yet exist—or better yet—a renewed commitment to embark on a project that might make a bit of a difference to a few.  That ole adage of “picking your brain” had evolved into “piquing my brain.”

So in the spirit of continued conversation (and picking/piquing) here is my answer to the above tweet question:  Include nutrition concepts, terms and data in structured format so that providers, patients, researchers and the public in general can begin to realize outcomes based upon nutritional interventions! 

As most of you may know, many talented colleagues have been working on this for a long time.  There are many to give attribution to when this happens.  As for me, my Twitter goal is pretty simple:  I am…“Determined to leave my children more than the fine china—improved health care.”

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