A Social Forum: MEDITECH gathers nurses for open dialogue opportunity

June 26, 2018 |  Home Care, Insider, Nursing, Industry Leaders


Nursing is an ever-changing field where new research is applied and the evolution of technology is constant. The last five years have felt like a great leap in technology, and nursing informatics is pushing nurses to stay five steps ahead. Nursing skill sets demand consistent updates on research, techniques, and concepts.

When there is a new avenue to expand your knowledge base, nurses must seize the opportunity to learn and improve. MEDITECH offered nurses a seat at the table during their annual Nurse and Home Care Forum from June 13-15 at its Foxborough, Massachusetts location.

At the forum, MEDITECH offered its participants the opportunity to share nursing accredited knowledge, feedback, and an opportunity to collaborate and ask the hard questions. The next phase of healthcare technology focuses on collaboration with companies while creating an open dialogue on improving patient care and a number of other industry topics.

Open doors and minds

This was a new adventure for me as I sat amongst nurse leaders, home care nurses and health technology specialists from all around North America. When you are the first social media ambassador to grace the doors of an established company, it means everyone is taking a chance on something new. And it was clear that MEDITECH’s doors were open and all invitees were welcomed. 

The formal accredited education included updated governance on home health, nursing at the c-suite level, cybersecurity, mhealth, and rural nursing.

There were informal sessions and networking for nurse leaders to ask about social media, providing opportunities to educate and inform.

A big item of discussion was what these pinksocks are all about.

The onboarding of clinicians to Twitter and giving the clinical viewpoint of good governance, access to information and how to tell your own story was a consistent theme for guests and hosts.

Something new

The first steps into something new can be filled with a wealth of new emotions from fear to joy. MEDITECH offered something new to its customers and the companies they collaborate with. There was a feeling that everyone learned something new, had positive feedback, and was able to walk away with new information from the event.

It is great to see nurses having a voice to facilitate real change and be given a seat at the table to improve patient care on a global scale, from Botswana to South Africa, and beyond.

Let’s keep the conversation going at this week’s #HITsm chat. Join MEDITECH Associate Vice President Cathy Turner (@MEDITECH_Nurses) and Public and Media Relations Manager Ashley Dauwer (@amariedauwer) as they host MEDITECH’s first ever HITsm tweet chat on how nursing informatics is changing the healthcare landscape on Friday, July 6 at noon ET.

Click here to read more about the #HITsmchat.

To learn more about how organizations are navigating the new healthcare paradigm, read our 2018 Nurse & Home Care Forum overview and watch our recap video. 

Read Our Nurse & Home Care Forum Overview

Written by Danielle Siarri, MSN, RN

Danielle Siarri, MSN, RN has a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh and is a registered nurse with experience ranging from hospital setting of transplants and trauma to case manager in the corporate environment. Danielle is the owner and publisher of innonurse.info a forward-thinking Health IT curation website, is a contributor to Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a co-chair of the social media committee for American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA).
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