The health IT space is flush with experts, CIOs and healthcare IT gurus who are always keen to offer their takes on emerging and established technology or advice on how to overcome challenges in the space and improve care. And while blogs are a great way for many of these experts to get their thoughts across (check out our must-read health IT bloggers list), news moves fast and conversations move faster. Luckily, we live in a time where social media — Twitter in particular — can offer these experts a platform to help drive the ongoing conversations and ever-growing community around health IT.
Regardless of what you’re looking for, these social media influencers probably have it. Tap into the conversation with these 15 social media influencers who are intimately familiar with the health IT space, and start tweeting, re-tweeting and feeling their influence! (And don’t forget to give our own account a follow, to stay connected to all the latest!)
Dr. Farzad Mostashari
If anyone has a finger on the pulse of health IT, it’s Farzad Mostashari. The former national coordinator for Health IT and current CEO of Aldelade, a company that aims to improve the model for primary care, offers his takes on the latest news in the health IT industry.
Maybe after the "demand-side" cost control bag of tricks is depleted, companies will start to take supply side incentives more seriously? https://t.co/4gKz4RlxU1
— Farzad Mostashari (@Farzad_MD) October 4, 2018
Also featured on our must-read blogger list, health and technology researcher and former CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Susannah Fox is driving the conversation around the health IT landscape and industry innovation with unmatched passion.
— Susannah Fox (@SusannahFox) September 25, 2018
Dr. Rasu Shrestha
Core *catalyst challenges* for innovators in healthcare:
✔which levers to pull
✔who to engage
✔how best to quantify impact
— Rasu Shrestha MD MBA (@RasuShrestha) October 3, 2018
Arien Malec is a health IT enthusiast who frequently offers his pontifications on the current and future state of the industry. He serves as senior vice president of research and development at Change Healthcare and is also member of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. He previously served as former co-chair of the Health IT Standards Committee and has held various roles at the Office of the National Coordinator.
— Arien Malec (@amalec) September 5, 2018
As the chief nursing officer for IBM Global Healthcare and all-around passionate advocate of patient-centered care and e-health, Judy Murphy supports health IT innovation.
Great #pophealthmgt panel at the @StanfordMed #FutureOfEHR Symposium. Focus on care coordination vs. episodic churn. We are not moving to Value payment and care delivery fast enough. pic.twitter.com/PYNWu4mdKk
— Judy Murphy (@JudyMurphyHIT) June 4, 2018
If you’re interested in the “intersection of Health IT, law, privacy and public policy,” then your next stop should be the Twitter page of Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer and regulatory officer at Omada Health.
Technology in healthcare is coming faster than Moore's Law, says @atreja of @MountSinai during panel @AcademyHealth #HDPSO. Velocity. Are our front-line health care staff ready for the challenge we are laying out?
— Lucia Savage (@SavageLucia) September 26, 2018
Dr. Eric Topol
As a doctor, scientist and author, Founder and Director of Scripps Research Translational Institute Eric Topol leads his followers deftly through the digital health landscape and the conversation around its development.
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) September 30, 2018
As vice president of connected health at Partners Healthcare, Joseph Kvedar brings to the table a nearly unmatched understanding of emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and the Internet of things, in the healthcare landscape.
The starting point for the New Mobile Age is the notion that there is a gap between our achievements of extend lifespan and the goal of extended healthspan #HTreads
— Joseph Kvedar (@jkvedar) September 26, 2018
As a healthcare lawyer and chair of the Mirick O’Connell Health Law Group, Matthew Fisher has a 360-degree view of how health IT and policy intersect in the modern age.
Importance of #HIPAA compliance and maintaining #privacy and #secure should be self-evident. Prevalence of #databreaches belies that expectation though. https://t.co/hq0M2nBK2l pic.twitter.com/ikosA936Qf
— Matt Fisher (@Matt_R_Fisher) October 4, 2018
Patients are an important part of the health IT system, but a part that is often left out of the conversation. Patient-engagement activist Dave deBronkart makes sure that voice is heard.
Having lunch w @theLizArmy of @MyOpenNotes - inspired by her pinned tweet, I decided to start a hashtag: #TweetYourNotes ! Here's mine from a gout visit w @DrDannySands - printed & pinned to my fridge. Do YOU get this much info from YOUR doc? Tell 'em you want #OPenNotes! pic.twitter.com/wTMxlEpYFL
— Dave deBronkart (@ePatientDave) September 28, 2018
An entrepreneur and blogger for the Healthcare Scene blog network, John Lynn has insights into health IT studies and conferences across the country.
When I think of all the reasons, I'm reminded of @melissaxxmccool teaching me about how a reminder to take drugs actually causes shame when the reason they didn't take it is something other than "I forgot." Finding the real reason can be challenging though. #HITsm https://t.co/G6OUwjZfn1
— John Lynn (@techguy) October 5, 2018
Dr. Bryan Vartabedian
A pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Bryan Vartabedian is one of healthcare’s most influential voices on medical technology and promises “dispatches from the front line of technology and medicine” on his Twitter page.
‘But I was trained to...’ is a dangerous way to think. It closes us off to new ways of seeing the world and treating patients. It smacks of old school rigidity. It’s about black and white thinking. https://t.co/h3mP5hPz9H pic.twitter.com/5V3EE5y9tF
— Bryan Vartabedian (@Doctor_V) July 25, 2018
Dr. Geeta Nayyar
Geeta Nayyar is chief healthcare and innovation officer of Femwell Group Health and offers followers a doctor’s point of view on health IT and innovation.
Let's all join @aneeshchopra and "hug a provider!" 👐
Embrace early adopters moving to #valuebasedcare and take time to understand their needs - they are the future - one where collaboration is king. @medcitynews @erindietschehttps://t.co/bjhUqM6Wfp
— Geeta Nayyar, MD MBA (@gnayyar) October 3, 2018
Is it possible to synthesize all the info coming in from health IT, policy, law and business strategy? Jodi Daniel, partner at Crowell & Moring, gives it a go.
What @donrucker of @ONC_HealthIT wants to see 5yrs from now: “electronic charts on our phones” and “transparency on what is purchased and paid for in healthcare” #HDPSO @AcademyHealth #patientaccess #pricetransparency
— Jodi Daniel (@JodiDaniel) September 26, 2018
Dr. Andrew Watson
Dr. Watson, the medical director of telemedicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and current president for the American Telemedicine Association’s board of directors, frequently comments on the state of telehealth and its continued evolution in healthcare.
#telemedicine value. Never forget the hard work every day by eICU programs. #savinglives and real benefit to hospitals. https://t.co/VmVAXUOgLo. Look forward to value discussion at #ttsps2018. Many @AmericanTelemed leaders there. #atapresident pic.twitter.com/z0GUrTup2c
— Andrew Watson MD MLitt (@arwmd) October 1, 2018
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