The lively healthcare IT blog community provides to-the-minute clarity in a sea of acronyms, software companies and government regulation. To help you navigate the deep HIT blogging community waters, we're giving special recognition to blogs that provide information about software systems, consultant best practices, tools of the trade and legislative changes that may impact healthcare IT consultants’ careers.
“The large number of blogs we found devoted to healthcare IT wasn’t surprising given the overall growth in the industry,” said Alex Gramling, Chief Marketing Officer for Healthcare IT Leaders. “But it was interesting to discover so much depth and diversity in the HIT blogging space.
“We found blogs devoted to mobile healthcare, electronic medical records (EMR), healthcare information exchanges (HIE), government and regulatory topics as well as general HIT news. The bloggers themselves were just as diverse—some are health system CIOs, others are academics or researchers, and still others are journalists or full-time bloggers,” said Gramling.
From no-frills, to thought-provoking, to controversial, the baker’s dozen below are our picks for the Best Healthcare IT Blogs available.
The Health Care Blog — Covers all of healthcare, but guest authors contribute frequent and deep analysis on industry IT trends.
HIT Consultant — HIT news from the unique perspective of a veteran healthcare IT consultant. Expert guest bloggers add to the mix.
Dr. William Hersh
Informatics Professor — Recent posts on big data in healthcare make this blog one to follow.
Christina’s Considerations — Thielst, a Hospital Administrator, writes on a wide-range of health tech topics from social media to mobile apps.
Anthony J. Guerra
Health System CIO — A news site notable for its in-depth interviews with hospital CIOs who share the good, bad and the ugly of their IT initiatives.
John D. Halamka, MD
Life As a Healthcare CIO — One of the earliest and most prolific HIT bloggers, Halamka’s CIO experience informs each post.
Shahid N. Shah
The Healthcare IT Guy — A deep and varied background, including CTO stints at two EMR companies, make Shah’s blog an insightful read.
Chilmark Research team
Chilmark Research – Research, news and views from respected HIT analyst firm. Featured topics include HIEs, mHealth, and analytics
Advanced Health Information Exchange Resources — Important reading as HIEs take hold. The blog also features coverage of governmental agencies and HIT policymakers.
Steven J. Fox
Healthcare IT Law Blog — Offers authoritative legal perspective on healthcare regulations including the HITECH Act and HIPAA. Updates on security and privacy are especially noteworthy.
John W. Sharp
eHealth— A veteran HIT blogger with an interest in Health 2.0 topics, including social media. Recent posts detail Sharp’s experience testing Google Glass.
The MobiHealthNews Team
MobiHealthNews — Timely commentary and news on all things mobile in healthcare.