The healthcare technology industry is projected to top $56 billion worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a recent MarketsandMarkets analysis.
With this much at stake it’s no surprise the internet is littered with pretenders, prognosticators, and bit players attempting to foist their own healthcare IT (HIT) views on readers. That’s why it’s important to separate the wheat from the chaff, and make sure the blog you visit are trusted, reliable, and worth your ever-shortening time.
Below are eight of the best medical technology blogs for healthcare professionals looking for news, analysis, and valuable guidance in the intersection of medicine and technology.
Run by Stephen Campbell, an industry veteran and founder of My Docs Online, this blog gives timely news on EMR and EMR vendors. From covering new EMR advances, to new studies and surveys on EMR use, to even financial news in the industry, this is the blog you want to go to for the latest on electronic medical records.
This blog offers more in-depth pieces, often delving into specifics about legislation, explaining broad topics, or offering thought-out opinions. The blog proprietor is Evan Steele, founder of SRSsoft, and he speaks knowledgeably from his 17 year experience in the industry.
Technically not a whole blog devoted to HIT, but too good not to add in, this section of the popular Health Care Blog addresses just about everything tech-related in healthcare. From the use of iPads at Mayo Clinic, to the protection of patient data from cybercriminals, the posts here are timely, insightful, and written by well-known and respected experts in the field.
With the government’s latest intrusions into the healthcare industry, it’s more important than ever to keep up on everything the feds are doing in medicine. The Health IT Buzz blog is a product of the HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and features posts from government employees about “the nation’s transition to electronic health records” and “the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper to electronic health records.”
Shahid Shah is the eponymous “IT Guy” and, with his 15 years of experience running health IT for places like the American Red Cross, and serving as CTO for two different EMR companies, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his posts. He covers things like the future of Meaningful Use, digital patient privacy, and UI design for medical software.
While this encompasses over a dozen different blogs, John Lynn’s network is highly focused on Healthcare IT and EMR issues. The network has over 5,000 articles (2,000 written by John) and has a specific blog no matter what med-tech topic you’re looking for help on; from mobile healthcare, to how EMR and HIPAA converge, each blog provides news, analysis, and helpful tips for navigating the complex waters of healthcare IT.
Run by Registered Nurse and Healthcare Informatics Specialist Deborah Leyva this blog has a high focus on EHR and HIPAA. From discussions on the advantages of an EHR to multi-part guides for surviving new government regulations Deborah provides helpful advice and valuable insight into the world of medical technology.
Founded in 2003 originally as a place for the anonymous blog proprietor to opine on the HIT industry, HIStalk has expanded as its readership grew and is now a combination healthcare technology news-source and opinion page on IT-related issues. From interviews with prominent medical technology executives, to discussions on the necessity of patient identifiers you’ll get a full range of helpful and informative health-tech info here.
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