As we know from our introduction to programming courses, making a program, or application say
to us is one of the baby steps to competency. So it may only be appropriate that, in the Web 2.0 age, the PHT blog starts off with a “Hello World!” to all of us!
And perhaps that’s a good metaphor. It’s a whole new world. There’s a new president in the Oval Office, seismic economic issues, and more salient to our daily activities – healthcare reform is a huge issue on the table. Did you know that we’ve gone from 6% of GDP spend on healthcare to a projected 31%? No wonder both parties are looking at healthcare reform.
Certainly, as corporate information professionals in this milieu, we are in a unique position. Being in a highly competitive corporate environment is enough of a challenge; add to this an evolving regulatory landscape, an increased focus on evidence-based medicine, increased economic pressures demanding value demonstration, competitive intelligence, business intelligence, and rapidly changing technology, and it’s a lot to keep up with!
In the coming weeks prior to the SLA Annual Conference (in June), we’ll be surveying our division membership – in order to better understand where we are now as a division – items such as how the economy has impacted us, how we’re distributed (pharma/biotech/devices), how we use Web 2.0 technologies, and what are items of concern for our membership. Consider it a “state of the division,” if you will. As we better understand where we are now, we can better plot a course as a division to prepare ourselves, and our users, to adapt, survive, and advance our roles.
In the meantime, we’ve set up this blog as a place to start and continue discussions (like those at PHT Spring!). To start the discussions, we’ll have bloggers with separate perspectives: Bob (Pharma), Alex (Devices), and Margaret (Vendor). Jump in anytime through the ‘comments’ links below. And if you’d like to blog, we’d love to have you – certainly email any one of the executive board!