My Top 3 Health IT Bloggers

Posted on May 18, 2011 I Written By

Katherine Rourke is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

Folks, today I thought I’d take things in a different direction in share links to my favorite health IT bloggers.  Each brings insight, straight talk and deep experience in the healthcare business to the table.

By the way, just to avoid bragging too much, I haven’t included the other blogs in the Healthcare Scene network, but I recommend them highly!

Now, without any further ado, here’s the list:

* The Candid CIO:  This blog offers a rare view into the mind of the IT leader of a large health system.  It’s written by Will Weider, CIO of Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System. As he notes, the system includes 14.5 hospitals and 400 employed physicians across northern and central Wisconsin. Weider delivers as promised: he’s candid, conversational and quite willing to share his frustrations when things don’t go well.  Definitely a worthwhile read.

*  The Healthcare IT Guy
:  This blog, which is written by health IT consultant Shahid Shah, is always an interesting read. His goals are ambitious — he calls the blog a “healthcare IT, EMR, EHR, PHR, medical content, and document management advisory service” — but believe it or not, he manages to cover pretty much all of this territory. Shah is an entertaining writer with a very long health IT resume, and he knows his stuff.  I learn something new whenever I visit.

* HISTalk:  Something’s always bubbling away at HISTalk, an influential site where insider industry folks come to hang out. Mr. HISTalk, an anoymous health IT administrator, not only provides interesting content, but also draws out juicy gossip from readers. For example, check this item out:  “Re: Cerner. Word on the street is that Cerner is getting ready to announce some big organizational changes and these are not good kind of changes for the employees (may be good for Wall Street, however). This is supposed to hit the CareAware division pretty hard.”  I don’t know if any blog is a “can’t miss” but it’s a good idea to visit now and then.

So, I hope you enjoy these sites — I have for years. Meanwhile, I’m open to hearing about other great health IT blogs as well. Please feel free to let me know if there’s others you admire.