Twitter is a secret weapon to help you keep on top of the myriad of developments in healthcare and health insurance.
I crowdsource a lot of my healthcare information from the people I follow on Twitter. Working in employee benefits, it’s important to stay up to date with news in the healthcare provider world. After all, that is where the claims are generated and where employer group cost trend comes from — they come from healthcare providers.
There are a few simple steps you can take to tap into Twitter as a source of information:
- Create a Twitter Account… you don’t even have to ‘tweet’ yourself, you can just follow others and view their tweets
- Download the smartphone Twitter app … the Twitter app is FAR BETTER than a computer or a browser on your phone for gleaning new information
- Follow who I follow… Go to @DrEricB and simply click on “Following.” You can then follow all the people I follow
I have curated a fantastic list of competent healthcare ‘Tweeters’ over the past 7+ years and my list is long… almost 5,000 people.
Accordingly, below is a list (in no particular order) of some people on Twitter you may want to follow:
- @RasuShrestha – Dr. Shrestha is the Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- @Sara_Jiang – Dr. Jang is a pathologist and associate professor at the Duke University School of Medicine
- @EricTopol – Dr. Topol is a cardiologist and a prominent faculty member at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego (side note, I trained under some of the same cardiologists at Johns Hopkins that Dr. Topol did)
- @fr_hossain – Dr. Hossain is a gastroenterologist on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
- @sangerkatz – Margot Sanger-Katz is a famous New York Times healthcare journalist
- @Paulflevy – Paul Levy is a former CEO of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- @DrLaurieG – Dr. Gordon is a psychiatrist with expertise on physician mental health. If your doctor’s mental health is not good, it may affect your care
- @sam_baker – Sam Baker is the healthcare editor for online news publication Axios. I subscribe to his daily healthcare email called ‘Vitals’
- @emilybazar – Emily Bazar is a columnist and senior editor for Kaiser Health News
- @UrmimalaSarkar – Dr. Sarkar is a general internist on faculty at one of the top medical schools in America… The University of California at San Francisco
- @chasedave – Dave Chase is the founder of Health Rosetta. As an employee benefits professional, you may already be familiar with Dave and Health Rosetta. If not, you should be
- @drginareghetti – Dr. Reghetti is a proponent of independent doctors (i.e., doctors who aren’t employed by a hospital system)
- @sacjai – Dr. Jain is a physician and CEO of CareMore Health, which provides integrated outpatient and inpatient care
- @DrDave01 – Dr. Albert is an Oklahoma physician with expertise in healthcare technology
- @MKnoll_MD – Dr. Knoll is an oncologist in New Jersey with expertise in radiation oncology
- @DrWayneJonas – Dr. Jonas is a family practice physician who has written extensively about complementary and integrative medicine
- @sherrywren – Dr. Wren is a surgeon at Stanford University
- @mtmdphd – Dr. Thompson is an oncologist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who works at Aurora Health Care, a major health system that is merging with Advocate Health from the Chicago area
- @Bob_Wachter – Dr. Wachter is one of the most well-known internists in America… his impact on physician credentialing is significant
- @statnews – STAT is not a person, but a fantastic healthcare and medicine news site
I’ll stop at 20, but there are so many more. Thank you all for contributing to my medical awareness. If knowledge is power, you all have empowered me, our company Compass Professional Health Services and our 2 million members.
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