The 2014 Digital Health Summit at CES by the numbers

Posted by: in Digital Health, Healthcare Insights, MDigitalLife, Social Media Insights & Trends on January 21, 2014

As anyone who’s been to a conference in the last five years is well aware, what’s happening on stage is only half the story. The rest is happening in the live audience – and in the twitterverse of people who are watching the conference hashtag and participating remotely.

The Digital Health Summit was no different … and we’re ready to “tell the story” of the conference’s twitter backchannel. Some notable numbers:

  • During the week surrounding the conference (January 6-13, 2014), there were 3,281 tweets using the #DHCES hashtag, contributed by 760 unique authors
  • The peak day for twitter conversation was January 8, the opening day of the conference

 

As you might imagine, the large majority of those 760 tweeted just a few times – and a dozen of them submitted 50 or more tweets with the #DHCES hashtag. Those 12 most active authors were:

  • dhsummit – The official account of the Digital Health Summit
  • JohnSharp – John Sharp, Consumer Health IT at HIMSS
  • HealthcareWen – Wen Dombrowski, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the Visiting Nurses Association of New Jersey
  • cathcoste – Catherine Coste, MIT Certificate in Genomis; open health data advocate
  • IanJohnPereira – Ian Pereira, MD, Radiation Oncology Resident
  • CEShealth – The United Health Group innovation team
  • Digitas_Health – The Digitas Health team
  • 2healthguru – Gregg Masters, Digital Media Architect and Producer
  • SnowWrite – Donna Snow, freelance healthcare writer & researcher
  • chimoose – Greg Matthews, me
  • joeweber – Joe Weber, veteran software executive
  • healthythinker – Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist and patient advocate

More interesting, though, is who all these folks were talking about. The most mentioned accounts at DHCES were:

  1. dhsummit – The official account of the Digital Health Summit
  2. timreha – Tim Reha of Sonosite & DHCES Producer
  3. CEShealth – The United Health Group innovation team
  4. chimoose – me
  5. daniel_kraft – Daniel Kraft, MD, CEO and Founder of Bioniq Health
  6. HealthcareWen – Wen Dombrowski, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the Visiting Nurses Association of New Jersey
  7. healthythinker – Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist and patient advocate
  8. DCPatient – Donna Cryer, Attorney & CEO of the Global Liver Institute (& my co-panelist)
  9. abbedon – Abbe Don, VP of User Experience at Epocrates
  10. 2healthguru – Gregg Masters, Digital Media Architect and Producer
  11. EksoBionics – Nathan Harding, CEO of Ekso Bionics
  12. HugoOC – Hugo Campos, ePatient Advocate at Stanford Medicine X (& my co-panelist)
  13. PokitDok – Lisa Maki, CEO of PokitDok
  14. Paul_Sonnier – Paul Sonnier, Founder of Digital Health Group
  15. VNAHealthGroup – Official account of the Visiting Nurses Association of New Jersey
  16. Lygeia – Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of Consumer eHealth at ONC (Dep’t of Health and Human Services)
  17. paulthacker11 – Founder, Paul Dean Thacker Spinal Cord Foundation
  18. TravisStorkMD – Travis Stork, MD, Co-Host of The Doctors & Medical Advisor to MDLIVE
  19. JohnSharp – John Sharp, Consumer Health IT at HIMSS
  20. biobeatslive – The official account of BioBeats
  21. nversel – Neil Versel, Freelance journalist & contributor at MobiHealthNews.com and MeaningfulHITNews.com (& moderator of my panel)

Another interesting factor to consider is what DHCES folks were linking to – it can give us a sense of where the most meaningful content was coming from. The top 15 domains from the conference, not surprisingly, were led by the Digital Health Summit’s web site. After that, though, things got interesting! Particularly interesting to note that the fledgling soft-launch of Bioniq Health drove so much attention (a tribute to the credibility, presence and track record of founder Daniel Kraft).

 

In terms of the actual articles that were shared most often, there was a nice mixture of mainstream media & blogs, with a little more Bioniq Health for good measure! It’s notable that Jane Sarasohn-Kahn‘s post on her Health Populi blog made the top 5 – Jane has long been one of the most-respected and admired members of the health innovation community.

Top 5 Most-Shared Articles/Pages:

1. Why CES is Essential To Digital Health. By John Nosta on Forbes.com

2. Bioniq Health – BioniqHealth.com

3. The Everyday Health Awards for Innovation – DHCES’ own Health Innovation Competition

4. The new exam room: Mapping patient-physician conversations online. By Greg Matthews on WCG’s Common Sense blog

5. Wear it Well – Fashion Mashes Up with Health at #CES2014. By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on Health Populi

And lastly, I’ll give a big shout to WCG designer Franco Galimberti, who created the brilliant infographics that conference participants were treated to between presentations. Until next year!

By: Greg Matthews

Greg Matthews is the the creator and Managing Director of the W2O Group's MDigitalLife - Understanding, Engaging and Activating Physicians in the Digital Age

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