Sometimes there’s just so much stuff, it’s hard to get your arms around it. That’s why each year, we lock our band of merry researchers in a padded room to come up with our annual “Best of” lists. From top IT podcasts to the top medical tech headlines, we do the research so you don’t have to.
Here now, our list of the top IT blogs for 2020. Although we don’t rank or rate them, they are written by some of our industry’s most influential personalities. So put down the donut, grab another sip of coffee, and take a look.
Bryan Vartabedian, MD is a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, blogs at 33 Charts. The blog offers a mashup of curated and original content that crosses digital health, media, communication, technology, patient experience, digital culture, and the humanities. As a result of 33 Charts and his unique insight and analysis on the changing face of medicine, Dr. Vartabedian has become one of the more influential voices in healthcare technology.
Some interesting blog posts to learn about 33 Charts.
Brian Ahier is passionate about healthcare, technology and open data, so he created Advanced Health Information Exchange Resources (aka AHIER) to share his in-depth thoughts on the healthcare industry.
Worthwhile posts to learn more.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides a trusted voice in the health IT space and the AHRQ Views blog offers insights from AHRQ leadership team. The posts report on agency data and research in order to explore changes to the U.S. health system and ultimately offer insights on the underlying research that informs health policy and care decisions.
A few noteworthy blog posts.
Farzad Mostashari, MD is the co-founder and CEO of Aledade, which aims to offer a new model of primary care. Through the company blog, the team shares news, thoughts and analysis on the main topics of discussion that are important to healthcare providers (and the technology teams that must implement those ideas).
Stay up-to-date with their thoughts with a few of their recent posts.
Basil Strategies, led by Denise Silber, is a dedicated digital health communications consultancy. Founded in 2001, Silber and Basil Strategies works with stakeholders in the healthcare space to share unique insights into the hot topics impacting the field.
A few recent posts and updates to learn more.
Will Weider runs Candid CIO and offers a personal perspective on the healthcare industry based on his role running a 10 hospital system in the Pacific Northwest. Although the blog is not routinely updated, the posts offer some universal insights on timeless issues.
A few posts to get to know Will’s perspective.
Daniel Kraft M.D.
Daniel Kraft M.D. shares his thoughts, projects and writings via his unique blog-ish presence. From his TED talks to published writings, Kraft provides health care professionals with his original thinking based on his experience as a physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.
David Chou is the CIO for Luye Medical Group and offers his thoughts on the healthcare space ranging from changing business models to leveraging technology. Additionally, many reputable journalists and publications seek quotes from Chou, so subscribe to his blog and receive the news before it hits your favorite health care web site.
A few recent posts to learn from a leading healthcare CIO.
Digi-Bridges, founded by Christine Jacob, helps unleash the potential of digital strategies to connect healthcare audiences. For healthcare IT professionals, this blog helps share insights and guidance in connecting a business model to patient care.
A few worthwhile recent posts.
Digital Health Today
Digital Health Today, founded by Dan Kendall, caters to health care leaders and influencers working to change the current paradigms of the system. With featured guests aiming to advance, develop, design and apply real world solutions, Digital Health Today seeks to share knowledge from the people working in the digital health field.
A few recent posts worth a read.
Dispatch From the Digital Health Frontier
Formerly known as Life as a Healthcare CIO, John D. Halamka, MD, runs the Dispatch From the Digital Frontier blog and provides his insights on the overall healthcare space. Currently, Halamka is the president of the Mayo Clinic Platform and leads a portfolio of new digital businesses focused on transforming the healthcare industry.
For a look into the mind of John D. Halamka, a few recent posts.
Dr. Geeta Nayyar
Staying up-to-speed with the leading thinkers in Health IT requires a look at this blog by Dr. Geeta Nayyar. Dr. Nayyar is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare IT and was named one of the Top 26 smartest people in Health IT by Modern Healthcare.
Some worthwhile reads.
EMR Straight Talk
Originally launched in 2009, the EMR Straight Talk blog comes from Evan Steele and aims to start conversations around new developments, challenges and opportunities in the healthcare industry related to IT professionals. The blog offers in-depth posts that include lots of specifics and details around major topics.
Noteworthy blog posts worth a read.
Diagnosed with Stage IV, Grade 4 kidney cancer in January 2007, Dave deBronkart survived and transitioned into life as an accomplished patient advocate and policy advisor. As a result, e-Patient Dave provides a space to share his thoughts on the health care space.
Some recent posts.
Health IT Buzz
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) helps keep healthcare IT professionals in the know with the Health IT Buzz, which is part of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. To stay abreast of healthcare policy keep up with this blog because contributors include government employees that share current challenges and successes in the field.
A few recent worthwhile posts.
Health IT Connect
Sue Schade is ranked as one of healthcare IT’s top social media influencers and she offers a weekly blog that covers the issues facing healthcare IT based on her 30 years of industry experience. Health IT Connect looks at the organizational transformations IT organizations face, while addressing the challenges health IT leaders face.
Some recent posts that make a worthwhile read.
Healthcare & Technology: Innovation at the Intersection
The Healthcare & Technology blog run by Deborah Leyva, a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics. From guides on EHRs to a HIPPA Survival Guide, the blog offers great insights into how technology impacts the healthcare industry.
Popular posts worthy of your time.
Healthcare IT Today
Part of the Healthcare Scene Blog Network, this blog includes more than great content. From quirky posts to deep dives into policy issues, the Healthcare IT Today blog offers great insights that help navigate healthcare IT matters.
Some recent blog posts worth a read.
Joe Babaian and Colin Hung run the Healthcare Leadership blog and promote HCLDR as a vibrant online community of people who all share a passion for improving healthcare. Ultimately, the blog offers content on healthcare technology, processes and education and the community including patients, physicians, nurses, CEOs, IT folks, caregivers, policy makers and students.
To learn more about the HCLDR community, check out a few popular posts.
HealthsystemCIO.com declares they are the only online-exclusive publication dedicated to serving the information needs of healthcare CIOs, so industry professionals should keep an eye on the content they produce. From developments in blockchain to interoperability, the content is written by healthcare CIOs for healthcare CIOs.
Some posts to get started with healthsystemcio.com
HIMSS has a very aggressive mission – to help realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere. Part of their efforts to realize their mission is providing information, including updates, insights and guidance on the technology issues facing the healthcare community.
Some recent posts of interest.
HIStalk offers a daily take on healthcare technology news, along with editorial content on healthcare IT topics. The blog comes from the mind of a cynical healthcare IT professional that offers various forms of content, from interviews with prominent medical technology executives to discussions on technical issues (such as the necessity of patient identifiers).
Take a look at the standard blog updates.
HITRUST champions programs and solutions that protect sensitive information. The HITRUST blog covers topics like how IT leaders can keep info safe and discusses security challenges with CIOs at healthcare organizations throughout the country.
For more information, check out some of their recent blog posts.
Dr. Nick Van Terheyden looks at what it takes to design, build and implement products in the complex world of healthcare. As a self-proclaimed “no ordinary medical doctor,” Terheyden demonstrates his strong track record of implementing technology in the healthcare space with his unique blend of medicine, heathcare IT and business knowledge.
Some noteworthy posts.
Started in 2015 by Danielle Siarri, InnoNurse offers healthcare professionals with a news and knowledge blog focused on the health technology sector. As a Health IT consultant and regular contributor to global health IT blogs, Siarri brings her world-wide knowledge to show examples of innovation in the healthcare industry.
Some recent posts to learn more about InnoNurse.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn draws from over 2 decades of experience advising providers, payers, technology companies, NGOs and others in the health care ecosystem, sharing her thoughts on the industry.
Some recent posts worthy of your time.
KevinMD, founded by Kevin Pho, MD, offers a community for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, and medical students. Patients often share their insights and stories about the health care space too.
A few recent contributions.
Mike Biselli, a former All Pac-10 kicker and Rose Bowl winner, tackles the healthcare space by leveraging technology to provide real world solutions. Biselli realized how much could be accomplished by harnessing the power of the innovation economy within the healthcare industry.
For more about Biselli and his thoughts on transforming the healthcare space, read a few recent posts.
Politico Morning eHealth
The Morning eHealth blog by Politico posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a look at the most recent health IT policy news that impacts any healthcare organization Politico takes their political expertise and leverages their knowledge to provide updates on telehealth, precision medicine initiatives, EHRs and more.
A few recent posts that caught our eye.
Susannah Fox, who served as the CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2015-2017, jumped into the blogosphere to help people navigate the complexities of healthcare and technology worlds. Affectionately, she calls this the health geek tribe and she offers a range of content to help the community.
Some recent posts to get acquainted with the tribe.
The Health Care Blog
The Health Care Blog offers a comprehensive look at the overall health care system but breaks down all the IT-relevant news in the Health Tech section. From a historical look at the healthcare IT industry to takes on new deals, this blog provides must-know insights on a range of topics written by experts.
Recent posts worth a read.
The Healthcare Guys
Originally created by Shahid Shah as the Healthcare IT Guy, The Healthcare Guys expanded its scope and offers tremendous insights into the healthcare IT space. From digital privacy to medical device design tips, this blog provides insights on topics constantly in the news.
Noteworthy posts to get acquainted with The Healthcare Guys.
The Healthcare, Data, Technology & Services Blog
Steve Sisko is a healthcare IT advisor and created the Healthcare, Data, Technology & Services blog to provide in-depth insights and thoughts around some of the more pressing matters in the health IT space.
Some recent blog posts to get started.
The Leapfrog Group
Leah Binder leads The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit group aimed at eliminating waste in the healthcare space and reducing preventable medical errors that kill as many as 400,000 people each year. For over 20 years, The Leapfrog Group has provided a voice for health care purchasers to use their collective influence to foster positive change.
For more, read a few articles.
University of California IT Blog and Dr. Christopher Longhurst
The University of California operates a massive infrastructure and created their own IT blog to share the insights of running a comprehensive healthcare community. To provide insights into healthcare IT, Dr. Christopher Longhurst shares his learnings operating this massive healthcare IT system.
Some recent blog posts worthy of your time.
Lisa Suennen runs Venture Valkyrie, which offers health care professionals a look into the mind of an investor, advisor and entrepreneur focused on digital transformation and working with payers, health systems and companies to disrupt the health care space.
To get into her mindset, a few noteworthy posts.