With the number of people using Twitter growing exponentially, it can sometimes be hard to hear through all the noise. Thankfully, there are a select few healthcare experts whose tweets -- and blogs -- offer some of the best reads in the industry.
We decided to round up, in no particular order, some of the best HIT bloggers actively using Twitter.
1. Christina Thielst, @Cthielst. Christina Thielst is the blogger behind Christina's Considerations and vice president at Tower Patient Experience Consulting Group. In addition to maintaining an active social media presence, Thielst blogs regularly on healthcare information technology, telehealth and using social media in a healthcare context. She is the author of two books and numerous articles found on the Web, and her blog was named one of the best health blogs of 2011 by Healthline.
2. Fred Pennic, @hitconsultant. Fred Pennic is the founder of the site HIT Consultant, a social community for HIT professionals. The site offers coverage on topics such as ACOs, Meaningful Use, digital health, and more, and it was recently named the best overall healthcare IT blog of 2012 by Care360.
3. Shahid Shah, @ShahidNShah. Shahid Shah is an enterprise software analyst and the blogger behind The Healthcare IT Guy. In addition to The Healthcare IT Guy, which focuses mainly on health IT, EMRs, medical content and more, Shah runs Shahid's Perspectives, which covers architectural issues and HIT Sphere, which is an aggregator of health IT blog content from across the Web.
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4. Keith W. Boone, @motorcycle_guy. Keith Boone is a standards architect at GE Healthcare and the blogger behind Healthcare Standards. On his blog, Boone focuses mainly on both education and commentary on current standards, while dedicating pages to open source, Boone's favorites from around the Web, and "The Ad Hoc Harleys," which recognizes exceptional contributions to standards development. Boone's blog was also named one of the top 100 health blogs of 2011 by Healthline.
5. Michael Planchart, @theEHRguy. Michael Planchart is an entrepreneur and an enterprise and solutions architect. He blogs regularly at The EHR Guy's Blog, and, most recently, is conducting the annual #HIT100 list on Twitter. Planchart specializes in healthcare interoperability and integration, and he tweets regularly regarding all things Hl7, DUCOM, IHE, CCHIT and more.
6. Lisa Suennan, @VentureValkyrie. Lisa Suennen is a founding partner at Psilos Group Managers and the blogger behind Venture Valkyrie. Named after a demi-goddess character from Marvel Comics, Suennen's blog focuses mainly on healthcare and healthcare investing, with a dash of humor and welcomed sarcasm. Suennen both tweets and blogs regularly, while participating in speaking engagements across the country.
7. Charles Webster, MD, @EHRworkflow. Charles Webster, MD is the blogger behind Chuckwebster.com, which focuses mainly on EHR workflow management systems. On the site, Webster writes that he blogs to "connect with other folks" interested in EHRs and workflow management systems. Webster posts intermittently but actively tweets content several times a day.
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8. John Lynn, @techguy. John Lynn is the founder of the Healthcare Scene Network, which consists of 11 HIT-focused blogs. Through this network, Lynn blogs regularly on EHRs, EMRs, meaningful use, and general healthcare IT news. Lynn manages the network with the help of additional writers, but still personally pens about 10 posts a week. He also tweets content regularly.
9. David Harlow, @healthblawg. David Harlow is an avid Twitter user and the blogger behind the HealthBlawg. He is a healthcare lawyer and consultant, blogging regularly on legal, policy, and business issues concerning healthcare. Additionally, Harlow is the author of the eBook "Health care Social Media: Getting Started Without Getting in Trouble."
10. Steve Sisko, @ShimCode. Steve Sisko is an advisory consultant for healthcare insurance and is the blogger behind ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers. Sisko blogs information, ideas, and "ramblings" regularly on his blog, focusing namely on anything ICD-10, as well as payer and provider healthcare information processes and systems.