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One Year Later...

May 11, 2009
by Tim Tolan
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It is so hard for me to realize that one year has officially passed since I wrote my first blog at Healthcare Informatics. Wow! It’s amazing. The time has just flown by for me. So much has happened since May 12th of 2008. I thought I would highlight a few major events (in no particular order) that help me realize just how quickly this exciting space has truly changed in just 12 short months:

- I no longer have to explain to people what healthcare IT is all about. Everyone has heard so much about this market and there is so much attention now with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. HCIT is almost main-stream. Now that’s progress! Go figure!

- The job market landscape (even in healthcare) has definitely changed. Just look at my very first post! Can you say meltdown! Many CIO's and other HCIT executives will put off retirement for a while. Our financial markets have tanked, 401K's and IRA's have taken a bloodbath - but things are looking better. Good lessons have been learned by most of us. A good thing. The fear of the talent floodgates opening to drain the industry's human capital pool has been temporarily delayed (OK - at least for a few years). Not the end of the world...

- I've had the chance to talk and get to know some of the brightest technology experts in healthcare in the United States. It's amazing how many people in this industry have so much to offer and how willing they are to share information to help others in our space. I talk with CIO's on a regular basis and now realize what it means to be an expert in your field! We have lots of experts in this field. Lots!

- We’ve elected our first African American President and the first one that has a broad understanding of the value that HCIT brings to the table. There are so many ways our industry can help reshape and drive meaningful value into our healthcare system and lower the enormous healthcare spend in the US. We will all be in the spotlight as the stimulus kicks into high gear. I hope EMR adoption finally has legs! Let’s see what we can do. I know we can make a difference. It's so exciting to be a part of it!

Finally, I’ve had a chance to meet and work with many of my fellow bloggers, writers and the wonderful team at Healthcare Informatics. It's been a thrill to be associated with such professionals that share my passion for this amazing industry we all serve. I've heard from readers that read a post or an article and called me or e-mailed me for advice and feedback. That shows me that this forum is working and the content that HI provides means something to the HCIT readers that choose to participate. According to Anthony G readership, page views, time on the site and overall traffic continues to grow at a very nice clip. More goodness!

I can't wait to see what the next year has in store. I just can't wait!!!!!

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Hi Tim, happy anniversary from me too. This has been one of the best collaborations I've ever been a part of.

Happy Anniversary Tim!

I, too, find great value in your experience, insights, and humor. I look forward to continued collaboration with you and our HCI colleagues as we all embrace the future of Healthcare IT together!

G.

Tim, congratulations on your first anniversary! You are a very valuableand valuedmember of the blogging team. Your perceptiveness, professionalism, and above all, natural optimism, show through in your posts, to the benefit of all of us. And you're right, a lot has happened in the larger world in the past year!!! Congratulations once again, and I look forward to the next year with you in our blogosphere!
Mark

Congratulations Tim.

The days go by slowly and the years race by.

I have found value in your posts. Thank you and please keep them coming.

Thanks to all for your very kind comments! I look fwd to working with all of you as we forge ahead!

A very impressive rookie year, Tim! I'm looking forward to the next year of posts.

Tim Tolan

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