There is a contest, of sorts, underway. It is the #HIT100 list (Health IT top 100 people on Twitter). It is facilitated by @theEHRGuy, and his work and voice are very valuable in health IT circles. Just as @techguy points out in Health IT List Season – A List of Lists, building these lists takes on a character of its own. Right or wrong, putting them together is a challenge in so many ways.
I always feel conflicted on whether to participate or not, but I did participate. I did because there are so many wonderful voices in our health IT social media communities. The people behind these voices spend valuable time contributing great content and adding comments and insights on the hard work of the many health IT professionals in hospitals, imaging centers, labs, and clinics everywhere.
The better approach to these lists may be to focus on the hashtags rather than the individuals. Why? The reason is two-fold:
Point 1: Hashtags in Twitter provide a quick way to see current conversations and content on defined areas.
Point 2: When reviewing hashtags, you see the content and the people participating. Essentially, we get two key elements in one action.
Today, the top healthcare hashtags include:
There are many, many other healthcare hashtags listed on the Symplur, so check it out to find the segment applicable to your needs.
I appreciate the efforts of @theEHRguy. Whether it is the right approach or not, it is a perspective to be used as a resource. It is a point of reference, just as a list within a blog is.
My advice would be to engage the healthcare hashtags to get a full perspective of content and people. More importantly, get involved in the health IT conversations through your comments, blogs, tweets, and good ol’ fashioned conversations.
Thank you to the health IT community for all you do!