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Twitter is a forum that enables others to share news and views important to an industry, and that's certainly the case for healthcare IT. By strategically following IT experts versed in healthcare, executives can get a sense of where the industry is heading and some of the most influential opinions on current events. The following slides give a short glimpse of some of the leading HIT experts making an impact on Twitter today.
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Eric Topol, MD
Cardiologist, researcher, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape, and author of The Patient Will See You Now

@erictopol

67,500 followers
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Wendy Sue Swanson, MD
Mom, pediatrician, executive director of digital health for Seattle Children's Hospital and digital advisor to parents on their children

@SeattleMamaDoc

28,700 followers
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Dave deBronkart
A patient engagement advocate, speaker, blogger and author of Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook

@ePatientDave

28,400 followers
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Farzad Mostashari
Founder of Aledade and a former National Coordinator for Health IT

@Farzad_MD

24,300 followers
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Susannah Fox
As chief technology officer for HHS, "I help people navigate health and technology"

@SusannahFox

23,700 followers
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Val Jones, MD
Founder of Better Health LLC, a network of healthcare professionals who blog. Frequently comments on smart health

@drval

22,600 followers
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Sherry Reynolds
eHealth evangelist, patient-centered designer and a social venture entrepreneur

@Cascadia

18,100 followers
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Bernadette Keefe, MD
MD, with an interest in social media in medicine and healthcare; also interested in aging and mobility

@nxtstop1

12,500 followers
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Mandi Bishop
Health Plan Analytics Innovation Practice Lead at Dell, and self-described "health data geek"

@mandiBPro

11,200 followers
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Janice McCallum
Consultant, health data strategist and specialist in sources and uses of health data, healthcare IT-enabled clinical decision support and EBM

@janicemccallum

10,000 followers
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John Moore
Healthcare IT analyst and founder of Chilmark Research

@john_chilmark

8,361 followers
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Karen DeSalvo
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in HHS, and National Coordinator in the Office for Health Information Technology

@KBDeSalvo

6,500 followers
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Leslie Saxon, MD
Clinical scholar, USC Keck School of Medicine and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing

@DrLeslieSaxon

6,246 followers
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Steve Downs
Chief technology and information officer at the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, with interests in healthcare IT and how technology shapes culture and health

@stephendowns

5,041 followers
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Kevin More
CIO for the May Institute, a human service and healthcare organization, and vice chair of the Society for Information Management. "I'm interested in collaboration, social media, Apple and going digital."

@kmmore

2,474 followers
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Dean Sittig
Clinical informaticist working to improve healthcare "by making EHRs safe for all users."

@deansittig

1,022 followers