#HIT100 top 5 for 2016 revealed

The highest ranking winners of the annual #HIT100 list on Twitter are in, and this year’s list brings new faces as well as some that many health IT professionals will recognize as familiar. 
By Tom Sullivan
07:35 AM
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#HIT100 list on Twitter

The top 5 #HIT100​ winners from left: Mandi Bishop, Christopher Trappe, William G. Esslinger, Jr., John Nosta and Linda Stotsky.

The health IT realm on Twitter has been abuzz once again this summer with nominations carrying the #HIT100 hashtag flying all over the place and the voting officially closed Friday night.

The HIT100 list was the brainchild of Michael Planchart (@the EHRguy), who shared the five top winners with us. HIT100 fans and followers will see some faces that have not reigned so prominently on the list in year’s past – and others who have been in the top 5 multiple times.

Planchart said that this year’s participation included a record-setting 2705 nominations, with more people and fewer businesses voting, as well as more CIOs and CMIOs. 

Here are the top five:

1. Mandi Bishop: @MandiBPro
Title: Global healthcare analytics consulting division head
Company: Dell Services
Bio: Mandi leads an innovation team serving patient-members and she is perhaps best known as a social catalyst for industry change. She has been garnered awards from several industry publications, was included in Rock Health's "State of Women in Healthcare" report as a "Role Model” and curates HITHappenings.com. She also advises on boards and mentors startups in accelerator programs. Her most recent passion project is amassing actionable resources for Women in Healthcare and Health IT as the founder of WHITS.org, launching this summer.

2. Christoph Trappe: @CTrappe
Title: Senior director of content marketing + content creation
Company: MedTouch
Bio: Christoph Trappe is an author, speaker, blogger who helps hospitals, health plans and physician groups around the country tell better stories. He's particularly interested in how to use technology to create a better patient experience and how to apply storytelling to propel population health initiatives.

3. William G. Esslinger, Jr.: @billesslinger
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Fogo Data Centers
Bio: William has served as CEO of Fogo Data Centers since 2014, bringing over twenty-five years of experience in the legal, technology, and health information technology industries. He is co-founder and principal, along with his wife Debbie Esslinger, of Esslinger Tech Law, LLC, a law and consulting firm specializing in start-up, technology and healthcare. He previously served as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Privacy Officer of Greenway Medical Technologies and he was one of the initial members of the General Counsel Consortium of the Commonwell Health Alliance.

4. John Nosta: @JohnNosta
Title: Founder
Company: NOSTALAB
Bio: John is a thinker entrenched in the world of science, medicine and innovation. He is the founder of NOSTALAB – a digital health consulting company that provides strategic and creative thinking to organizations and businesses around the world. He is consistently ranked among the top names in various digital health lists and has sustained that position for several years. He is also a member of the Google Health Advisory Board and on the faculty of Exponential Medicine.

5. Linda Stotsky: @EMRanswers
Title: CEO
Company: LSC Consulting
Bio: A transformation specialist in the areas of EMR, eRX, HIE and Lab systems,Linda advises companies including e-MDs, GE Healthcare, digiChart, BCBST and HMS/MEDHOST. She led the rollout of the first HIE in the state of Tennessee, was a member of HIMSS Standards and Interoperability Workgroup for Stage 1 Meaningful Use, a Social Ambassador at HIMSS in 2015 and 2016, and a national speaker on patient safety and care coordination. She’s consistently ranked in the Top 7 of the #HIT100 every year, and was ranked number 1 in 2012.

Planchart said he will share the rest of the list with us this week so check back for the final tally.