Keeping up with the changes in the tech industry, especially in the healthcare IT realm, is a never-ending battle. There’s always a new trend, tool, or system to learn about and when you only have a couple of hours of free time during the day, it’s hard to dedicate that time to education.
That’s where podcasts come in handy. For aural learning while you’re engaged in other tasks, just pop in your earbuds and check out one of the programs below.
If you’re new to the podcast phenomenon, WIRED has an excellent guide for beginners. Beyond the educational benefits, there are plenty of reasons to start listening to podcasts while you’re on a treadmill or flying to a client site. Check out this list.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts to choose from. Our recommendations here are (mostly) programs with a healthcare IT focus. Enjoy!
Digital Health Today Podcast
This podcast is perfect for you if you’re looking to learn more about the innovations and technologies that are changing the healthcare industry. The podcast is hosted by Dan Kendall who interviews and chats with HIT leaders in each episode. The podcast covers a broad range of topics, including digital health, artificial intelligence, personalized care, telehealth and telemedicine, and wearable technology.
Recent episode of note: Using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to Take Education to the Next Level.
HIMSS has built an impressive library of podcast content on topics that range from cybersecurity to executive mentoring. STEPS to Value from HIMSS “highlights the stories of thought leaders who have successfully managed technology, organizational culture and policy to develop innovative processes that maximize the value of their technology investments.”
Recent episode of note: Transforming Data into Intelligence
The Cerner Podcast
Cerner, to its credit, seems to be all-in on podcasting as a tool for information sharing. While many HIT vendors produce audio content sporadically, the Cerner podcast is regularly updated (71 episodes and counting), and features insights from some of the leading voices in health IT, drawn primarily from the Cerner client base.
Recent episode of note: Strategies for Successful EHR Implementation
Healthcare Info Security Podcast
A must listen for Cyber Security executives, this podcast from the Information Security Media Group posts regular interviews with healthcare CISOs. Experts also provide valuable analysis and ‘lessons learned’ from well-known security breaches and hacks, like the recent ransomware attacks that shut down major hospital EMRs.
Recent episode of note: Using Deception Technology to Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats
Geekwire Health Tech Podcast
Focused on health tech innovators, this regular podcast is sponsored by Providence St Joseph’s Digital Innovation Group and skews toward guests and topics from the Pacific Northwest. The region is home to Amazon and a variety of movers and shakers in digital health, so there is plenty to talk about each month.
Recent episode of note: CVS, Aetna and Healthcare’s Mass Freakout
Medtech Talk Podcast
Healthcare startups and their venture capital partners are showcased here. Guests offer valuable insights for entrepreneurs interested in the ins and outs of financing a new health IT venture.
Recent episode of note: LRVHealth Tapping Providers for New $100M Fund
Accidental Tech Podcast
While not a health IT podcast, per se, this long-running program is enormously popular with developers for its offbeat takes on coding and tech life. The podcast (known as ATP) is hosted by three developers. They have in-depth conversations on each episode about a specific topic related to technology. ATP is the right one for you if you enjoy product reviews, the latest industry news, and granular discussions about programming languages.
Recent episode of note: Every building has bugs.
Got a favorite health IT or tech podcast that we missed? Tell us about it in the comment section.