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Archive for February, 2017

Ode to My Thermal Leaky Coffee Mug, May It Rest in Peace

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Today, I threw away my travel thermal coffee mug.

This is normally not a big deal for most people. But for those of us who can survive only after a morning filled with Java, it was a big deal for me.

After the 50th time of it leaking coffee on me on my way into work and murmuring profanities at myself as I wiped off my coffee stained bag, I decided it was time to put it down for good.

I had that thermal mug for well over a decade. More like 15+ years. It was red. From Starbucks. Sexy. A gift.

Now I have to buy a new one.

The last one served me well.

To all my fellow coffee lovers: take a sip for me and my former mug tomorrow morning. And if you have a thermal travel mug that keeps your coffee warm but does NOT yet leak, give it a wink from me.

 

HIMSS17 – You’re Doing it Right

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
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Yours truly, along with founder of the #pinksocks movement, @Nickisnpdx (L), and Joe Lavelle of Intrepid Healthcare (R).

Well, I’ve tried to absorb as much knowledge as I can before my head explodes at #HIMSS17 this week. It’s been a BLAST talking to so many rockstars of HIT and healthcare that I’m starstruck!

One of the coolest new methods of learning for me at the meeting was actually co-hosting at Intrepid Healthcare’s #JoinTheConversation podcast desk at Experian Health with Joe Lavelle in place of Todd Eury as a co-host of the Pharmacy Podcast for a few of the episodes.  I even had a slip in the NCPDP session where I created a new word (adjudification = faster adjudication of healthcare claims. You’re welcome.)

What I also realized in that the harmless invite of asking people I’d only worked with on the phone or via Skype in the past to the booth was that it really boosted traffic for the space.  So much so that it would be wise for orgs going to large scale meetings in the future would benefit from having live podcasting from their booths.  Just saying!

If you need help with this at your next big pharmacy meeting booth, I’m certain that Todd Eury would be happy to help you out, or in the broader healthcare community, Joe would.  Either org is great, and podcasting is where all the cool action is these days…just ask me and my new pink socks.

The other thing HIMSS did really well was having a social media team of ambassadors - I think EVERY trade show (inside or outside of pharmacy) should have one. These are digital influencers that can spread the halo of all the awesome things happening at your conference online through social portals.  And let’s face it – who better to spread the word on a conference than those who would be at the conference anyway, speaking at the conference, and being the awesome thought leaders that they always are?  And, I’ll go critical on my first profession for a moment: we don’t have enough social media ambassadors in pharmacy. For whatever reason – we need more pharmacists tweeting, Facebook live-ing, Periscoping, Pinning, you name it. (And HIMSS, if you need a pharmacist for 18 into social media – I’d be happy to help!)

These are the items I will definitely retain from #HIMSS17.

Women IN Healthcare: What do you need to be successful?

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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HBA Indiana is conducting a survey of educational needs of healthcare and life science employees of the state of Indiana. If you work in biotech, life sciences, healthcare, pharma, medical devices or healthcare IT, can you please take 5 minutes and complete this survey so we can better assist our healthcare and life sciences community of Indiana? You don’t have to be a member of HBA to participate – and 2 who complete the survey will win a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Caffeine and career development – what more could you ask for?

Also – if you’re seeking more info on our mentoring program from our segment on Inside Indiana Business this past weekend, here it is, just for you!

Thanks!

#HIMSS17 by HERS

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

I’ve got my hat, my puppets and my #HIMSSVirgin T shirt packed!  See you next week at HIMSS, and thanks to Mandi Bishop and Kristin Eilenberg for helping me understand what I need to do in advance of this monster meeting! (And thanks Todd, for letting me record this show!)

Happy Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

6stepsgenderparityvalentineshowValentine’s Day: admittedly, never my favorite holiday. How mass beheadings led to a day full of hearts, flowers and chocolate is beyond me.

Maybe love really is a battlefield.

Anyway, my valentine to the universe this year is a little different. It’s in podcast form, sparked by a post I wrote over at LinkedIn a few weeks ago during the women’s march.

I can’t think of a better gift to get all of us this year: a little more peace and equity.  A little less bloodshed & battlefields.

Have a great holiday!

Boredom -> Beautiful

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

I watched a series of TED talks recently, one began with a quote from Flaubert:

“Be boring and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

I watched another TED talk about how leaving the internet made someone…bored.

Boredom, I think, is something that leads to beautiful things.

Case in point: my first book of 2017, written by my co-author, David Borst. He emailed me a while ago and said he was bored.  That led to discussing how to collaborate on a project, and then, a book. (Actually, 2 books in one.)

The other day, I was bored, and so I started thinking of podcasts I could do for Pharmacy Podcast. Bam! I got a great idea for a series, that I’m now working on – hopefully, I can pull it off for our listeners, so I can deliver some kick-dupa content.

I do live a pretty boring, routine life. It’s not half as exciting as others might make it out to be.  But, I think moving forward, I need to foster and grow my boredom, because it can lead to amazing stuff.

The next time you’re bored, monitor yourself. Is that when the great ideas pop into your head?  If so, welcome boredom. Don’t shun it.  Because it could lead you to your next very best thing.

Subscriber Goodies

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-04 at 8.05.52 AMAfter curating several lists now for several years, I’ve decided that the only way people may access the Google Sheets in the photo now are to subscribe to this tiny blog. Just put your email address over to the left here, complete the two step authentication process with Mailchimp, and you’re in.

However, these lists will also be randomized in my random #SixonSaturday emails, and will only be available for a limited time via viewable links within the newsletters.

Nothing great lasts forever.

Don’t miss out!

More GirlPower Stuff

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 7.39.48 AMAfter 2 crazy weeks, I’m happy to report that this weekend, I’ll be cooling it, and getting back to working on #SWE3.

In the meantime, here’s a roundup of some really cool stuff for women and girls that we’ve been working on or seeing over here at the ranch the last couple of weeks.

Inside Indiana Business/Biocrossroads article on 8 Great Orgs in HIT Healthcare and STEM – many of them focused on women.

The No Limits Radio show I did (or tried to do) this week on Activism.

Interview with Abdul-Hakim Shabazz and Dave Meeker on WIBC about how to manage social media in these interesting times.

Wonder Woman stamps – now available for her 75th birthday, and great for slapping on letters to your CongressMEN about your feelings around new legislation.

Also heading over to a new podcast, (at least new to me) on Get Social Health.

Oh, and WCS Yale applications for the 2017 summer session are now open.

And the ladies of HBA are rocking! Really solid crew I am working with this year.