HealthTech's 2018 Must-Read Health IT Blogger List

We searched high and low to find the most useful blogs for IT professionals and executives in today's healthcare IT landscape.

As healthcare — like our lives — becomes ever more entwined with technology, providers attempting digital transformations are bound to come up against a number of questions and challenges. While white papers, conferences and institutional expertise are all great ways to gather insight on how best to pursue these transformations, sometimes going straight to the source can be even more valuable.

In these blogs, readers can expect to read posts that run the gamut on healthcare IT, from CIOs and CTOs with decades of experience to organizations that have their finger on the pulse of today's greatest challenges for providers and IT experts. Here, we’ve collected the best the internet has to offer when it comes to everything from security and electronic health record deployments to interoperability.

These 30 blogs include veteran picks from years past as well as new faces. Interested in who made the list in previous years? Check out the 2017, 2016 and 2015 lists.

Did your blog make our list? Be sure to grab a Must-Read IT Blog badge and give your site an award for this momentous achievement! You can also bookmark this list as a launch pad for exploring new content, as these blogs are sure to provide great posts throughout the year.

Susannah Fox

As the former CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox is uniquely qualified to dispense advice on how to navigate the intersection of health and technology — exactly what her blog seeks to do. Her regularly updated posts aim to reach the health and technology community at large to discuss everything from digital health practices for teens to the virtues of health data.

KLAS Blogs

KLAS Research is a “healthcare IT data and insights company” that looks to provide the health industry with “accurate, honest, and impartial research on the software and services used by providers and payers worldwide,” according to its website. The blog, authored by several researchers, furthers its goal of improving healthcare worldwide by tackling topics such as medical device security and the social implications of electronic health record design.

Philips Wellcentive Blog

The Philips brand is no stranger to the healthcare realm, and its blog takes advantage of the expertise the company has built up over the years to advise providers on cybersecurity, privacy, policy and many other technology challenges providers face every day.

Philips Wellcentive Blog
Philips Wellcentive Blog

Fred Trotter

Hacktivist Fred Trotter is, in his own words, “coding for social change.” The healthcare data journalist — author of Hacking Healthcare and founder and CTO of CareSet Systems, a company that commercializes Medicare data — uses his blog to spread practical advice and in-depth takes on cybersecurity, health data and all things health IT.

The Pulse - Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog

In this blog, Matthew Fisher, chair of the Mirick O’Connell Health Law Group, offers his take on breaking healthcare news and developments in the field. His commentary covers “regulatory developments, government actions, proposed and final regulations, new technology, and similar items of interest,” offering readers a window into the legal side of health IT.

AcademyHealth Blog

With the aim of encouraging collaboration between the policy and research domains of healthcare, AcademyHealth’s blog offers a platform for various players in the healthcare realm to discuss their thoughts on “expanding access to care, reducing costs and improving quality.”

AcademyHealth Blog
AcademyHealth Blog

Personal Connected Health Alliance Blog

The goal of the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a nonprofit group formed by HIMSS, is to make wellness an “effortless” part of everyday life. The organization’s blog furthers this goal by providing industry updates and commentary on recent regulatory developments in the health IT field from PCHAlliance experts.

Personal Connected Health Alliance Blog
Personal Connected Health Alliance Blog

Inside the Mind of a Healthcare CIO

As vice president and chief information and digital officer for Children’s Mercy Kansas City, David Chou is squarely focused on helping healthcare organizations embrace the digital age. Come to his blog for advice on everything from blockchain to data and all aspects of digital transformation.

chief information and digital officer for Children’s Mercy Kansas City David Chou
Inside the Mind of a Healthcare CIO

Korn Ferry Healthcare Insights

In this blog, executives from consulting firm Korn Ferry offer food for thought for 21st-century healthcare professionals — tackling both the challenges organizations face and the opportunities that arise alongside them.

Korn Ferry Healthcare Insights
Korn Ferry Healthcare Insights

e-Patient Dave

For providers, patients are partners in the continuous quest to improve care. In this blog by cancer survivor and patient activist Dave deBronkart, healthcare executives get a different view of the medical experience — from the patient’s perspective — and learn how caregivers and care receivers can work together to transform healthcare for the better.

TigerConnect Blog - Healthcare Clinical and Communication Trends

A company on the forefront of secure messaging solutions, TigerConnect’s clinical and technical experts tackle everything from healthcare apps to interoperability in this engaging blog that seeks to offer tips, trends and insights.

TigerConnect Blog
TigerConnect Blog

CNBC’s Health Tech Matters

Step away from the commentary with CNBC’s Health Tech Matters site, which offers an objective take on the latest happenings in healthcare cybersecurity, telehealth, industry developments and more.

CNBC’s Health Tech Matters
CNBC’s Health Tech Matters

The Arizona Telemedicine Program Blog

Telemedicine is quickly dominating headlines these days as providers seek out ways to develop reliable and effective programs at pace with patient expectations. This blog from the Arizona Telemedicine Program, anchored at the University of Arizona, focuses on what telehealth can achieve and how other tech advancements, such as the Internet of Things, can help boost the effectiveness of virtual visits.

The Arizona Telemedicine Program Blog
The Arizona Telemedicine Program Blog

David Harlow’s HealthBlawg

If you’re looking for clarity on healthcare policy for everything from HIPAA compliance to privacy law, David Harlow can provide. The healthcare lawyer calls on his 25-plus years of experience and connects with other players in the health IT field to demystify interoperability, Big Data and more.

David Harlow
David Harlow’s HealthBlawg

HHS Idea Lab

This blog from the Office of the CTO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to lend a voice to many of the projects led by experts at the HHS IDEA Lab as they look to offer innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems.

Health IT Buzz

As providers across the country pursue the move to electronic health records, challenges and questions are bound to arise. This blog from Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HSS was created to answer these questions and to “create a conversation about the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper.”

HIMSS’ Health IT Pulse

Keep your finger on the pulse of healthcare IT with this blog from those at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Everything from interoperability and networking to the latest in HIMSS innovative projects is covered here.

HIMSS’ Health IT Pulse
HIMSS’ Health IT Pulse

Healthcare Standards

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, current health IT security concerns, and the more technical aspects of artificial intelligence are all covered here in this blog from self-proclaimed standards geek Keith Boone.

Healthcare Standards
Healthcare Standards

HIStalk

This anonymous blog is free to take a frank look at recent developments in health IT. A morning headlines roundup and extensive interviews with movers and shakers in the healthcare landscape keep this blog fresh and current.

33 Charts

33 Charts is the platform for Bryan Vartabedian, a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital and one of healthcare’s most influential voices on medical technology. This blog provides an eclectic assortment of commentary, such as “5 Reasons Medical Technology Appears to Fail” and “The Zone of Medical Uncertainty.”

Journal of AHIMA

Five blogs in one, these writings from the official publication of the American Health Information Management Association offer insights into best practices in health information management and provide commentary on emerging health IT issues.

HCLDR

Healthcare leadership, look no further than this blog crafted just for you: the Healthcare Leadership Blog. Here, Colin Hung and Joe Babaian provide advice on how management can further security and innovation and deepen the conversation about health IT. ​​​​​​

Cisco’s Healthcare Blog

Cisco is a major player in the software and systems that make health IT a success for organizations everywhere. In this blog, company experts spread the word on mobility, security and other hard-hitting issues.

Cisco’s Healthcare Blog
Cisco’s Healthcare Blog

Healthcare Scene

John Lynn, founder of the Healthcare Scene blog network, has assembled this series of blogs as a resource on EMR, EHR and HIPAA, all of which extend into the far reaches of health IT, on topics such as population health, cultural communication and patient engagement.

Imprivata Blog

Health IT security company Imprivata uses this blog as a platform to dispense in-depth security advice on the most pressing issues for security professionals in healthcare today. Visit the blog to sharpen your understanding of medical device security, authentication, biometrics and more.

Laurie Orlov - Aging in Place Technology Watch

Industry analyst Laurie Orlov takes on the technology impacting senior care in this blog. Phishing scams, marketing technology and emerging tech all have a place on the roster as Orlov sets her sights on the latest happenings in senior living.

Laurie Orlov
Aging in Place Technology Watch

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn’s Health Populi

Health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn dives into the latest numbers in this self-described “blog covering the health/care ecosystem and people” to offer context and insight into digital healthcare, provider attitudes and consumer behaviors.

3M’s Inside Angle

3M Health Information Systems is a company that works with providers, payers and government agencies to anticipate and navigate a changing healthcare landscape. In this blog, the company taps industry experts to provide advice on everything from nationwide interoperability to patient engagement.

3MHISNews
3M’s Inside Angle

AAMI Blog

Medical device security is perhaps the most pressing security concern for healthcare organizations today. This blog from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation looks to help providers navigate the murky waters of security, privacy and compliance for medical devices as we enter a more connected era.

Sue Schade's Health IT Connect

Industry veteran Sue Schade uses her weekly blog to offer engaging takes on communication, apps, EHRs and all the little things in between these big concepts that make up the whole sphere of a healthy provider environment.

Sue Schade
Health IT Connect
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Aug 30 2018