As a health informatics student, you are constantly learning more about your chosen field through lectures, coursework and text books. But the classroom – whether physical or virtual – is not the only place where you can advance your knowledge of the HI industry. Thanks to the internet, there is a wealth of information available at your fingertips at any moment of the day or night – if you just know where to look.
Whether you are enrolled in a Master of Science in Health Informatics program or pursuing a Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics, it is important to educate yourself about the newest developments in the field on your own time to complement your coursework. With today’s technology, you can access industry thought leaders, high-profile companies and other key influencers through blogs, social media channels, eBooks and other online content to learn more about the latest and greatest in HI strategies.
To keep up-to-date on the most recent trends and developments in the field of health informatics, consider following a few of these blogs that are perfect for health informatics students and professionals alike:
1. Health IT Plus
When you work in health informatics, keeping up with information technology news is critical. Following the Health IT Plus blog can help in this area. The website covers a number of high-priority healthcare IT topics, ranging from EHRs and telemedicine to Meaningful Use and ICD-10, and provides helpful infographics that visually illustrate some of the most important elements of today’s technology.
This blog is a product of the Key Management Group, Inc., a company dedicated to software development, business process outsourcing (BPO) operations and application maintenance. The group’s goal is to provide quality healthcare and insurance IT solutions.
Mobile health – or “mHealth” – is the term commonly used to describe the use of mobile-based strategies in healthcare. Common examples of this approach include smartphone applications, wearable devices and even diagnostic tools that clinicians can use on their mobile devices. These strategies help make care more accessible, particularly for patients in underserved regions.
The mHealthWatch blog calls itself the “the pulse of the mHealth community.” The website, which is owned by mobileStorm Inc., publishes news on the growing mobile tech presence in the healthcare field, reporting on everything from which companies that are investing in new technology to the latest medical applications for wearable devices.
“Four years ago when I bought mobilemarketingwatch.com (aka MMW) I wanted to give something back to the mobile community,” said Jared Reitzin, founder and CEO of mobileStorm Inc. “I employed writers to write about anything they wanted as long as it provided businesses with news and information that would help their business grow. As consumers move to a smartphone-based society, businesses have to expand their knowledge about mobile and the many ways they can engage with their customers. Whether you’re a marketer trying to drive someone to make a purchase or a healthcare plan trying to keep your customers healthy to save money, mobile is the platform of choice for reaching your customers and influencing their behavior.”
3. HIT Consultant
Another blog that focuses on the importance of IT in the healthcare industry, HIT Consultant is catered toward leaders and influencers in the field of healthcare business. As an HI student, you may not be focused on the business-side of the industry, but it is nonetheless important to be educated about this important component of operations.
HIT Consultant provides readers with valuable content focused on digital health, health IT and startups, and includes interviews from entrepreneurs, industry leaders and other key players in the field of health information technology. Its founder and editor-in-chief, Fred Pennic, is a healthcare IT management consultant, who has worked with some of the country’s leading healthcare providers.
4. HealthIT Buzz
In any facet of healthcare, it is important to stay up-to-date with federal regulations. HealthIT Buzz provides professionals with the latest news in the field of health information technology supplied by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The ONC is a critical component of the government’s health IT efforts and is located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The stated goal of the HealthIT Buzz blog is to “answer your questions about the nation’s transition to electronic health records and to create a conversation about the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper to electronic health records.”
En route to that goal, the website promises the following to its readers:
● To provide unique perspectives on developments at the ONC.
● To post relevant comments, excluding spam or offensive remarks.
● To promptly reply to appropriate comments.
● To respectful the privacy of consumers.
● To be respectful when disagreeing with the opinions of others.
5. IT Knowledge Exchange
IT Knowledge Exchange is a branch of TechTarget, a company dedicated to helping tech marketers improve ROI. The blog acts as the group’s community for technology professionals and includes posts on a variety of health IT topics, as well as question and answer sections and discussion pages that can be browsed by topic.
The website also offers to help readers to create their own IT blogs, and hosts contests and special events for tech professionals.
6. Health Information and Management Systems Society
You may be familiar with the Health Information and Management Systems Society – but have you visited its blog? The organization, which aims to transform health through IT solutions, publishes posts on its website that are must-reads for any informatics student or professional.
Depending on what you are looking for, the content from this industry leader can be filtered the following topics: accountable care, patient engagement, policy center, clinical business intelligent, clinical informatics, electronic health record, health information exchange, ICD-10, innovation, interoperability and standards, Meaningful Use OneSource, mobile health IT, payers and health plans, privacy and security and rural health IT.
7. Healthcare Informatics
If you are looking for a news source to meet all your HI needs, Healthcare Informatics, published by Vendome Group, is the self-proclaimed “leading source of information for forward-thinking professionals involved in the planning, development, and implementation of important technological strategies that define tomorrow’s healthcare.” Its emphasis on innovation and strategy makes it an excellent resource for students who want to develop into leaders in the field.
By staying up-to-date on the latest in the health informatics industry through blogs such as these, while simultaneously advancing your academic education, you will be well-equipped to pursue a rewarding career in HI upon the completion of your degree – and maybe start a blog of your own to share what you have learned.