While our country's Chief Executive finds Twitter a powerful and effective megaphone, healthcare IT executives appear less inclined to share their thoughts 140 characters at a time.
Twitter has more than 300 million active users, many of whom are technology executives, but only a handful of top IT leaders in hospitals and health systems use the platform consistently.
Schade was a relatively early adopter who started tweeting in 2009 to see what value it had. After abandoning it early on she decided to try it again in 2013. Unlike many who have tried and abandoned Twitter, she makes time regularly to check-in and share ideas on social media.
"I understand why there aren't a lot of CIOs on Twitter," says Schade. "Their time is valuable and they may view it, frankly, as a waste of time. My experience is different. I use it to quickly find out what's going on in the news and in politics, and it's a useful tool for sharing content and ideas."
Her advice to colleagues who may be reluctant to jump into the social media pool is to simply try it and be disciplined about usage. "When I started on Twitter, I built time into my schedule daily to engage in it and develop the habit. I set a daily goal then to post something new and original and to retweet something that's useful to others. That's a formula that has worked for me and over time, I have grown a following and built my network."
Schade is one of our top 10 health IT CIOs to follow on Twitter. Others who share her dedication to the social platform are found below along with some of their recent tweets.
1. Chris Longhurst, MD, Chief Information Officer (and a board-certified pediatrician) at UC San Diego Health, San Diego, California.
— Chris Longhurst (@calonghurst) March 10, 2017
2. Shafiq Rab, Chief Information Officer at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery - CIO Journal. - WSJ https://t.co/Y3tFGiX9gL
— Shafiq Rab (@CIOSHAFIQ) March 5, 2017
3. Marc Probst, Chief Information Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah
— Marc Probst (@probst_marc) February 10, 2017
4. David Muntz, StarBridge Advisors, former CIO at Baylor Health Care System and Texas Health Resources
— David Muntz (@davidmuntz) March 6, 2017
5. David Chou, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri
— David Chou (@dchou1107) March 10, 2017
6. Will Weider, Chief Information Officer, Ministry Health Care, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
I feel Amazon's pain. Command line interfaces are killers. We need better confirmation steps in powerful UIs. https://t.co/JVESufAynC
— Will Weider (@CandidCIO) March 2, 2017
7. Jon Goldberg, Chief Information Officer, Arkansas Children's, Little Rock, Arkansas
— Jon Goldberg (@mistercio) March 8, 2017
8. Sorena Nadaf, Chief Informatics Officer (CIO). City of Hope National Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California
Power of Data Science https://t.co/FgfADMaXV1
— Sorena (@Sorena997) March 9, 2017
9. Marc Chasin, MD, Chief Information Officer, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID
Is blockchain just another buzzword or can it transform healthcare? | HIMSS17 https://t.co/IXzKhsoeuM
— Marc Chasin, M.D. (@M_Chasin) February 10, 2017
10. Sue Schade, StarBridge Advisors, past interim CIO, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio
— Sue Schade (@sgschade) March 10, 2017