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Hello World!

April 30, 2009

As we know from our introduction to programming courses, making a program, or application say

Hello World

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!

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