Sep 24 2019

The 2019 Healthcare Technology Influencers List: HealthTech’s 30 Must-Follow Health IT Influencers

Through podcasts, blogs and tweets, these industry insiders offer insight and expertise aimed at helping IT leaders better understand the latest healthcare technology trends.

Advice from healthcare technology experts can assist IT leaders in achieving successful technology implementations for their organization. 

For distinguished industry voices leading the charge, look no further than our annual Healthcare Technology Influencers List — a collection of must-follow blogs, podcasts and social media accounts focused on technology’s role in healthcare.

Just as technology adapts and changes, so has the HealthTech Influencer’s List. This year’s roundup — featuring 30 faces, both new and old — has expanded to showcase other avenues of online media, including podcasts, Instagram and Twitter. (Interested in who made the list previously? Check out our compilations from 2018 and 2017.)

Did your blog, podcast or account make the list? If so, be sure to grab a health IT influencer cover image for your Twitter page to share with your followers.

David Chou

David Chou is the CIO for Luye Medical Group, a healthcare services provider operating primarily across the Asia Pacific. His personal website offers insights on various trending health IT topics such as the Internet of Things and business intelligence.

Breaking Health Podcast

Stephen Krupa, the CEO of healthcare software company HealthEdge, hosts the DHIS Breaking Health Podcast, a venture of the Digital Health Innovation Summit. The four-year-old podcast features conversations with innovators, entrepreneurs and investors who deliver early insights on the technologies set to revolutionize healthcare.

Susannah Fox

As a former CTO for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox uses her blog to help others “navigate the intersection of health and technology.” Her posts regularly examine topics that include digital health practices for teens and the virtues of health data.

Dr. Eric Topol

Dr. Eric Topol is the author of Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again. Expect regular and insightful musings on AI’s role in healthcare, health data security and the future of medicine.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Formerly the National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Farzad Mostashari is now acting CEO and founder of Aledade, an organization that helps primary care physicians focus more heavily on patient health. His widely followed Twitter account discusses topics related to clinical data and electronic health records.

Sue Schade

Sue Schade, principal for StarBridge Advisors, is a health IT veteran with an established 30-year career in healthcare IT management. Her website and Twitter account cater to an executive-level readership, with subjects that include the value of leadership buy-in and collaboration strategies for IT implementation success.


AcademyHealth encourages the collaboration of healthcare research and policy to address the needs — both current and future — of an evolving health system. The organization extends its reach through its blog, videos and social media, empowering followers with actionable information.

Medtech Talk Podcast

Tom Salemi, content director at healthcare event planning company Healthegy, is the host of the Medtech Talk Podcast. Salemi hosts candid conversations with healthcare industry leaders and innovators who are developing technologies to make healthcare more efficient.

Joe Babaian

Joe Babaian is co-editor of Healthcare Leadership Blog — HCLDR for short — whose content is focused on improving healthcare through technology, processes and education. Babaian is co-moderator of #HCLDR, an active and successful healthcare social media community. He’s also business development director for HealthcareVistas.

Colin Hung

Colin Hung is chief marketing officer for and co-editor of HCLDR. He’s also a member of Hacking Health, an organization dedicated to enhancing healthcare through collaborative innovation, and manages a robust health IT presence on Twitter.

Jodi Daniel

Jodi Daniel has a defined goal to put people at the center of healthcare. Her work, which marries law, policy, technology and business strategy, strives to do just that. Daniel’s followers will gain insights in these areas that can ultimately help them achieve their business objectives.


HIMSS — the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society — is arguably the most well-known nonprofit organization focused on health IT. But followers might not know it hosts an extensive online resource library that includes videos and several podcasts. The vast content inventory boasts insights on cybersecurity challenges, collaboration in healthcare and even advice from “Nurse eMentors” on careers in nursing informatics.

Dr. Christopher Longhurst

Dr. Christopher Longhurst serves as CIO and associate chief medical officer at UC San Diego Health. On his Twitter account, Longhurst often shares stories about physicians in healthcare IT roles, influential healthcare technologies, patient data security and public health.

Sherry Reynolds

Sherry Reynolds possesses a passion for the healthcare technology industry. That passion shines through in her tweets and via eHealth Leaders News, a website she curates with news on healthcare and innovation.

Digital Health Today

Dan Kendall serves as the managing editor and host for Digital Health Today, a podcast that explores health problems affecting communities around the world — and how new technological solutions go from ideation to implementation. The podcast covers digital health, telehealth, artificial intelligence, wearable technology and more.

Dr. Andrew Watson

As a physician and the medical director of telemedicine for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Andrew Watson is a leading advocate for implementing proper healthcare technology to improve patient outcomes. His Twitter posts offer firsthand accounts of how telehealth is changing the healthcare landscape.

Lisa Suennen

Lisa Suennen is one of two co-hosts for Tech Tonics, a twice-monthly podcast centered around the people at the intersection of health and technology. Suennen also maintains a strong Twitter presence, providing her followers with the latest news in digital health.

Dr. Daniel Kraft

Dr. Daniel Kraft is the founder and chair of Exponential Medicine and is an advocate for innovations that will revolutionize healthcare. Recently, Kraft was featured in National Geographic as the author of the publication's lead article, titled “‘Connected’ and High-Tech: Your Medical Future.”

Healthcare Tech Talk

Healthcare Tech Talk is a podcast centered around technology used in the delivery of healthcare. The show hosts conversations with experts from the industry who discuss telehealth, deep learning and wearable technology, among other topics.

Dr. Geeta Nayyar

Having been named a HIMSS19 Social Media Ambassador and one of the “26 Smartest People in Health IT” by Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, chief medical officer for Greenway Health, is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare IT. Her Twitter account offers a doctor’s point of view on the subjects of health technology, health IT collaboration and patient engagement.


HealthcareInfoSecurity is a multimedia website providing relevant and actionable health IT information to security leaders across the healthcare industry in the forms of blogs, interactive e-books, podcasts and more. The site’s media examines the latest news regarding healthcare security, HIPAA compliance and risk management.

Dr. Kevin Pho

Dr. Kevin Pho originally founded in 2004. The online platform has since grown to incorporate 3 million monthly page views and is now a trusted source for healthcare knowledge sharing through personal stories from physicians, medical students, patients and others.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) sits at the forefront of the nation’s healthcare technology efforts. The agency’s social media accounts, blogs and videos serve as resources for the entire healthcare community as it champions the adoption and promotion of health IT and information exchange to improve healthcare.

Christina Farr

CNBC health and technology reporter Christina Farr has built a large and extremely active following on Twitter over several years by sharing the latest news about biotechnology and digital health.

GeekWire Health Tech

James Thorne hosts GeekWire's Health Tech podcast, exploring the latest trends in digital health. The podcast features in-depth discussions with tech innovators, doctors and others in an effort to give listeners a window into the newest ideas in health and wellness.

Dave deBronkart

Dave deBronkart is a leading advocate for patient engagement through his blog, e-Patient Dave. After defeating stage 4 kidney cancer in 2007, deBronkart became a blogger, health policy adviser and international keynote speaker, sharing his medical experience with listeners from the patient’s perspective in the hope of improving patient care.

KLAS Blogs

KLAS Research is a healthcare IT data company offering the industry insights on software and services used globally. The blog furthers its goal of improving global healthcare by exploring an array of topics, including security and privacy, value-based care, and ambulatory and post-acute care.

Christine Jacob

Christine Jacob, founder of Digi-Bridges, a boutique healthcare strategies agency, is an exemplary contributor to conversations on Twitter about health IT and health technology. Followers typically find her sharing posts on the topics of telehealth, digital health solutions and the implications of mHealth in healthcare.

Dr. Shafiq Rab

Dr. Shafiq Rab is the CIO and senior vice president at Rush University Medical Center. Follow Rab on Twitter for regular updates on the transformation of healthcare delivery through innovative technology.

Mary Griskewicz

As a digital health and policy expert, Mary Griskewicz takes part in many Twitter conversations on health IT and data privacy. She often attends major healthcare conferences around the country, with her followers benefitting from real-time updates in her feed.