50 must-follow #Health20 heroes on Twitter

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



  • http://ahier.blogspot.com/ Brian Ahier

    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.

  • http://philbaumann.com/2009/01/16/140-health-care-uses-for-twitter/ Phil Baumann

    Brian -

    TOP-SHELF list. Thanks for the inclusion.

    Very good of you to invest your time into this.

    I shall of course tweet this out. :)


  • http://aaronhughling.com/blog/ Aaron Hughling

    Great, thanks for sharing!

  • http://preferredhospitals.com Gregg Masters

    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.

  • Laura Good

    Fantastic list Brian! Thanks for putting it together!

    @medstart aka @goodlaura

  • http://social-media-university-global.org/ Lee Aase

    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.

  • http://social-media-university-global.org/ Lee Aase

    Oh, and wouldn’t you know this one goes alphabetical by Twitter handle instead of last name!


  • http://www.twitter.com/mkmackey Kathy Mackey

    Like the website very much Brian. The links are excellent. I really appreciate the mention.


  • http://ebennett.org Ed Bennett

    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.

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  • http://www.healthcontentadvisors.com/blog Janice McCallum

    Thanks Brian. Your tweets are a terrific source of information. I appreciate being included in your 1st 50 list.

  • http://pulseandsignal.com Andre Blackman

    I would also check out the following:


    Great list Brian!

  • http://pulseandsignal.com Andre Blackman

    And for those of you who are relatively new on Twitter – you should also check out @markhawker’s list of top health people to follow on Twitter:


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  • http://jsykdm.blogspot.com Daphne Swancutt

    Wow, Brian! Terrific roundup! Thanks for putting it together and sharing. I’m honored to be included among all these sharp healthcare folks.


  • http://drbrenner.blogspot.com irb123

    Other hashtags for healthcare reform: #hcr and #healthcare09

    Like the fresh website.

  • http://twitter.com/reedsmith Reed Smith

    Great list… I would also include:


  • http://twitter.com/murzee Marya

    Great list! Hope to make it to the next one. Cheers!


  • http://www.EHRGuy.com The EHR Guy

    Great list. Some I wasn’t following since I was unaware. I’ll start following today! :)

  • http://twitter.com/donshep Donshep

    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

  • 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!

  • http://pharmacytechnology.blogspot.com/ TODD EURY

    Excellent List!

    Here’s 3 more:

    @JFahrniRT http://jerryfahrni.com
    @poikonen http://pharmacyinformatics.wordpress.com
    @toddeury http://pharmacytechnology.blogspot.com

  • http://www.amednews.com American Medical News

    Thanks for your efforts.


  • http://www.nickdawson.net Nick Dawson

    Great list – thanks for the inclusion but I will echo Ed’s sentiment and say that we in prestigious company

  • http://www.nursestory.wordpress.com onlinenursing

    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!

  • http://www.nursestory.wordpress.com onlinenursing

    that should be @SafetyNurse (type too fast)….

  • http://www.healthcareitcentral.com Gwen Darling

    Hi Brian!

    Would love to be added to your list – our goal at http://www.HealthcareITCentral.com is to bring together Healthcare IT job seekers and the employers who are searching for them!


  • http://twitter.com/ColetteCote Colette Cote

    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.

  • http://patients.about.com Trisha Torrey

    So — now you teach me to use the “right” hashtags?

    Short of hastags — I nominate myself!


    Bio: Patient advocate, health columnist, radio host, speaker, author, blogger, Patient Empowerment Guide About.com (http://patients.about.com)

  • http://www.medxcentral.com medXcentral (Jim)

    Great list Brian. Nice work. Anyone know a good therapist? *jk* LOL

  • http://www.open-health.us Cindy Throop

    Don’t forget the #health2con peeps and tweeps. You can’t talk about Health 2.0 without including people like @boltyboy (Matthew Holt) and @bluetopaz (Indu Subaiya):


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  • http://jsykdm.blogspot.com Meredith Gould

    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!

  • http://www.abbiecitron.com Abbie Citron

    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

  • http://www.planetrussell.net Mike Russell – @planetrussell

    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.

  • http://www.health2con.com Matthew Holt

    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 :)

  • http://www.gordiansknot.com Dan Deakin

    Brian – thanks for the props! Great work you are doing on Twitter – love seeing your stuff!

  • Tricia Wilkerson

    Great list with many strong voices on this important issue.

    Would add @harrygreenspun

  • http://healthcare.perficient.com/ lizasisler

    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!

  • http://linkedin.com/in/1samadams Sam Adams

    Great work as always Brian, keep on keeping on!

  • http://blog.collaboratemd.com Jenni Smith

    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).


  • Kathrine

    @organizedwisdom !!

  • http://www.hookman.com perry hookman md

    Have you visited my site?
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/DrPerryHookman
    Daily Blog article: http://drperryhookman.blogspot.com/
    Web site: http://www.hookman.com

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  • http://www.medicineandtechnology.com/ Joseph Kim, MD, MPH

    Thanks for having me on your list! http://twitter.com/DrJosephKim

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmhowardmd James M Howard MD

    I don’t see any educators on the list. Does anyone know leaders in medically related education that belong here?

  • http://www.socialgracious.com Kristie Scott M.Ed.

    I am truly honored by my inclusion in a list full of so many accomplished professionals. Echoing others sentiments, I just hope I can live up to the accolade.

    Guess I can’t tweet that I’ve just had a latte or some such trivia now eh?

  • http://www.gravityten.com johnayers

    nice job,
    i have now found a few new good folks to connect with.
    thanks for taking the time.

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  • Danielle Byron

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

  • http://twitter.com/rhondamorgenste Rhonda Morgenstern

    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


  • http://Www.acutezorg.nl Lucien Engelen

    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

  • http://www.acutezorg.nl lucien Engelen

    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

  • http://crumpleitup.com/blog Greg Matthews

    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

  • http://crumpleitup.com/blog Greg Matthews

    Oh yeah, and don’t forget @arikhanson! There are so many great folks out there that it’s tough to narrow to 50!

  • http://crumpleitup.com/blog Greg Matthews

    And you can’t have a top 50 without @mindofandre. I saw his comments, and just assumed that he was on the list.

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  • http://www.cygnusinc.net?gf Stan Lansing

    This is a great list. @cygnusemr has his ear to the ground on all things health records. cygnusemr, Dan Laninga, also blogs several times a week http://www.cygnusinc.net/blog.html

  • 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 :)

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