I can't think of a meeting or conference that in hindsight I would consider a waste. I consider myself lucky that my "business" model evolves and supports time on the road.
How about a new tag line--I travel, so you don't have to...
As a medical writer I grew tired of being told what was important, what detail (or fact) might offend the client, and being asked to ignore observed biases or lapses in judgement. As a journalist, I can create the questions, question the answers, and step outside the typical funnel.
Just so you know, I don't hunt down the sound bite or queue up to hear a carefully edited and prepared personal agenda. I rarely request formal interviews. I prefer to have conversations--walk among the attendees. Observe and report from the audience.
Think about how better informed we would all be if there weren't barriers to knowledge. The healthcare providers and patients having full access to their data. Instead of large industry specific data warehouses charging a premium for a global perspective.
Qualtrics Insight Summit 2016
Malcom Gladwell lead a keynote discussing why, in the face of contradictory evidence, people make judgments known to not be in their best interests. The tipping point or thresholds vary. You know the type of person. The person with a high threshold can be frustrating, especially in medicine. They come into your practice every day--obese, addicted to their poor lifestyle choices, and sicker than sick.
My take-a-way? If you truly want to influence change in healthcare you need awareness of the barriers. It isn't enough to simply write a few patient survey questions and think you are patient centric.
I like to write about these topics because I am not a statistician. But I need data. Lots of it. My job demands that I not only collect, clean, and analyze data but that I can share the narrative or story with you--whether you are a client or a consumer. You should be able to do the same in your world.
I am aware that not everyone wants a deeper dive into survey design and analytics. If you are interested in improving your survey game I created a newsletter specifically for us. Why a newsletter? The format is the right size for sharing content as it is created. I am writing a book about surveys. Collect the newsletters and you will have the book. A freeby. I wanted to include the expertise of collaborators with specific skills, challenges, and ideas.
We can communicate within the platform. I had to close comments in this blog temporarily until I figure out how to stop the spam. How many pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses does a girl need?