In a generation that is more likely to go online to find a health related answer than visit their doctor, social media has played the catalyst. More than 40% of consumers admit that the information found via social media affect the way they deal with their health.
Even health care professionals have realized that social media can present them with opportunities to serve the public, patients, and providers without regulations playing hinderance.
To make it easy for healthcare enthusiasts to keep up with the latest healthcare news, we have curated a list of top 10 healthcare influencers that are tweeting the latest, thought provoking, and most valuable health related information.
Tweeting as @ShahidNShah since 2007; 5.1K followers
Twitter Bio: “Sciences Innovator / Speaker. Chair of #HITHealthIMPACT Forum, co-Chair of http://HITMC.com.”
One of the best health care policy influencers on Twitter, Shahid Shah is the “guy” in the famous health IT blog, Healthcare IT Guy. Our all time favorite, Shahid’s twitter is the place to go if you want to learn digital health from scratch.
Tweeting as @Cthielst since 2009; 2.9K followers
Twitter Bio: “Hospital administrator, consultant, health IT thought leader, author, mom & girl from NOLA blogging since 2005!”
Another favorite of ours, Christina Thielst is the brains behind the health care blog, Christina’s Considerations. Her Twitter is a gold mine full of information about hospitals, health IT, telehealth, digital health, and enhancing patient experience.
Tweeting as @kevinmd since 2007; 141K followers
Twitter Bio: “Physician, author, keynote speaker, USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors. Social media’s leading physician voice.”
Kevin Pho is an internal medicine physician, founder of the famous blog, KevinMD.com, and is popularly known as “social media’s leading physician voice” in the Twittersphere.
Tweeting as @EricTopol since 2009; 86.6K followers
Twitter Bio: “Cardiologist, researcher, EiC Medscape, author, The Patient Will See You Now #PWSYN All tweets by me; do not believe in ghost tweeting.”
World renowned cardiologist and mobile health enthusiastic, Eric Topol is the “Taylor Swift” of physicians on Twitter. His twitter feed is a great source of information about the digital innovations making their way towards the healthcare sector.
Tweeting as @Berci since 2007; 63.7K followers
Twitter Bio: “The Medical Futurist, science fiction fanatic, sharing news, visions and announcements about the exciting future of medicine & healthcare.”
Listed as one of the “Top 10 healthcare voices” on LinkedIn, Dr. Bertalan Mesko isn’t far behind on Twitter too. Mesko’s Twitter feed will feed patients as well as doctors with medical resources, news, and advice which they can rely on.
Tweeting as @ahier since 2008; 36.4K followers
Twitter Bio: “Passionate about healthcare, technology and government 2.0”
Brian Ahier is a national expert on health IT and health information exchange. Currently the Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity, Ahier is also a prolific tweeter who shares great healthcare content. An amazing addition to your Twitter feed.
Tweeting as @Paul_Sonnier since 2009; 33.4K followers
Twitter Bio: “Digital Health Strategist—Keynote Speaker—Social Entrepreneur · Founder of the 40,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn.”
Want to know what is happening in the digital health world? Then Paul Sonnier’s Twitter is the go-to place! A digital health advocate, Sonnier has copious amount of tweets on digital health.
Tweeting as @ePatientDave since 2008; 32.6K followers
Twitter Bio: “International patient engagement advocate, speaker, author of Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook, blogger”
Any healthcare influencer list is lacking without Dave deBronkart. Better known as ePatient Dave, deBronkart is one of the pioneers of the patient engagement movement. His twitter account is a great combination of patient-provider stories, inspirational, and thought provoking tweets.
Tweeting as @JohnNosta since 2009; 30K followers
Twitter Bio: “DIGITAL HEALTH iconoclast relentlessly seeking the unexpected. Lead thinker, NostaLab.com, Google Health Advisory Board.”
A leading digital health evangelist, John Nosta define, dissect, and deliberate the global trends in digital health through his tweets.
Tweeting as @MandiBPro since 2012; 15.8K followers
Twitter Bio: “Firebrand. #Health #Data @LinkedIn group admin. #HITsm #hcsm #hcldr#HealthITChicks fan. #HIMSS, #healthIT evangelist. #Healthcare #Analytics Owner @DellHealth.”
Mandi Bishop is a social health IT and health data analytics innovation evangelist with a passion of big data and wearables which can easily be seen in her tweets.
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