50 must-follow #Health20 heroes on Twitter

About Brian Ahier

Brian Ahier is Health IT Evangelist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon Serves as City Councilor, Board of Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Passionate about Health IT, Healthcare Reform and Gov2.0. Connect: Twitter · LinkedIn · Plaxo

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  1. There are so many great healthcare folks on Twitter it is impossible to fit them all on this limited list. Please add comments to include the ones I missed and my apologies to those who I left off.

  2. Sweet Brian! Thanks for twit-initiative and of course inclusion in this nascent community! Kudos to you!

    BTW, did I say: ‘it takes a village’ to reform (actually) redesign healthcare? Health reform is way too political; and certainly in suspect hands and under ‘bad management’ at the moment.

    EHRs, EMRs, PHRs, HIBs, etc., are all niche plays in broader redesign imperative.

    First and foremost is culture, then integration both economic and clinical. The condition precedent is however, culture; and physician culture to be specific. Without it, nothing changes, imj.

    So let it begin with me (generically speaking)! Lets recapture the shaman energy in the health enterprise.

  3. Great list, Brian. I would add http://twitter.com/danielg280

    In-house lawyer for an academic medical center. Love to travel (25 countries and counting) and love my Bruins (UCLA) and Bears (Chicago) Father of 2 teens

    Great resource for legal issues in social media and health care.

  4. Great list – you’ve rounded up the usual #hcsm suspects in a easy to scan page. Thanks for including me, but I’ll need to step up my game to keep up with some of these folks.

  5. Great list… I would also include:


  6. Thanks for the super follow Wednesday. I am honored to be on the list.

    3 names I would add are:

    @consultdoc – Dr. Mark Browne – Experienced physician executive,consultant, bridging healthcare quality and finance
    @ctsinclair – Dr. Christian Sinclair – Blogger and practicing physician
    @PaulineChen – Dr. Pauline Chen – NYT columnist & practicing physician

  7. Shameless Plug

    Ahemmm, GREAT LIST by the way… (said 1 of the persons who should definitely be included in this list)
    http://www.twitter.com/CambridgeCEOCOO 13 yr HIT veteran who is extremely passionate about connecting clinics, hospitals, payors, & patients to improve the quality of care & therefore our quality of living!

  8. Hey – where are the nurses? The backbone of healthcare…. I would add @AmJNurs, @nerdnurse, @SavetyNurse, @INQRIProgram, @joniwatson,@RNPathways and @trempy…. just to name a few…
    Otherwise, not a bad list. I love many of them. Thanks for the blog post!

  9. Thanks for compiling this great list!

    Health care enthusiasts may also want to follow:

    @DossiaPCHR for #HIT
    and @PBnews and yours truly @ColetteCote for insights and updates from Pitney Bowes – a nationally recognized innovator when it comes to health and wellness for employees.

  10. Wow, am I the last person in the HC Twitterverse to find this list?!? Honored to be on it with so many great colleagues. This list, of course, grows longer by the day as more people realize the value of building virtual communities committed to transforming healthcare — maybe even in our lifetime!

  11. Thank you Brian,
    I enjoy your informative and insightful tweets everyday.
    This is an awesome list and I appreciate you putting it together. What an honor to be in the company of this Health Care Flock!

    I would like to add @consultdoc – Dr. Mark Browne

  12. Brian, some fantastic Health 2.0 folks on this list, including many friends. @MindofAndre has named some other shining stars who deserve inclusion, too.

    Strongly encourage you to add Nick Jacobs, former CEO of Windber Medical Center. (http://NickJacobs.org) He’s been a leading Patient-centered care advocate and innovator for many years.

    I had the privilege of working with @NickJacobs to develp his original blog, generally acknowledged as the first of its kind by a healthcare CEO. He’s one of a kind.

  13. I might sue, or I might just compliment @cindythroop for the add

    The Health 2.0 crowd includes not only @boltyboy (Matthew Holt) and @bluetopaz (Indu Subaiya), but also @hmccowen (Hillary McCowen) @drytownlizzie (lizzie Dunklee) and in our Paris office @health20paris (Denise Silber)

    Not forgetting @health2con :)

  14. No Meredith Gould – I am the last in the Twitterverse to get here! I wondered why I picked up so many relevant followers today… now I know. Thanks so much for including me :-) honored & humbled. Love reading your stuff too!

  15. Brian — well done on the list. We’ll start following those that we weren’t already following.

    Two great ones to add:
    Medical billing software provider; mostly tweets about industry changes, physician and biller resources, product updates, and retweets top healthcare issues
    Top notch software engineer; up-to-date on all things HIT (great tweets about red flags rule, EHR adoption, industry shifts, etc).


  16. Danielle Byron

    Great Idea! I found a number of additional voices to follow. Keep up the great work Brian and everyone else! @daniellebyron

  17. Hi Brian,

    Thanks so much for this list, I found many great new folks t follow.

    One day soon I hope to be added to this list, I tweet specific examples of successful EMR implementations,practices and guidelines, mostly hospital based but all great HIT successes are included


  18. Great list, but you have to add @berci to be complete i think.
    Also please follow @reshape for second Euregional Dutch Health 2.0 conference october 12-13, 2009 in THE Netherlands. With keynotes of @leeaase, @johnsharp, @berci and many others to announce. (International site will be up soon).

    Keep up the good work

  19. please could you modify my last post so @reshape will be @reshape09
    It’s organised by the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands

    thanks in advance

  20. Wow! Treasure trove! I would add:
    @caparks from change:healthcare
    @htpotter from Kaiser
    @bobcoffield at the intersection of health, social media and the law
    And echo the recommendation for @shwen … super-sharp guy

  21. valeriehoven

    if it’s health20 heros, then #hit and #hchit hashtags can be added. or even #emr #ehr #cpoe perhaps.

    great list! looks like the usual #hcsm and #hchit tweeps :)