Curiosity about a career you’re considering is natural. If you’re interested in the industry, the best way to stay on top of new developments, trends and tips is to keep yourself tuned into industry news. But where can you find this information? Industry websites are usually a smart place to start.
Health information technology (HIT) news sites are abundant, but you don’t have to read all of them. In fact, that would be a waste of time. Here, we’ve picked six news sites that stand out from the rest. They can easily help you get up to speed on important issues – e.g. ICD-10, electronic health records (EHRs) and the “meaningful use” of EHR technology – and help you see where the field is headed in the future.
6 HIT sites to follow
What you’ll find: As the name suggests, this site focuses solely on HIT news.
The “Today’s Headline” section is original content on industry news like EHRs and minority healthcare. “Trending Now” shows 12 HIT stories that are popular on Twitter with HIT pros, whether because it’s breaking news or an important industry story like meaningful use.
Don’t miss: Video interviews with industry experts offer an in-depth look at concerns plaguing the industry and general news of the field.
What you’ll find: This site focuses on surveys and research studies that are relevant to the industry, whether they’re questioning the industry’s readiness for ICD-10 or they’re showcasing new practices. Navigation links in the right side of the page let you filter the results so you can easily find the topics that interest you.
If you want to keep up with news without visiting the site, you can sign up for email or text alerts when stories are posted.
Don’t miss: The EHR news section offers a variety of news aggregated from around the web on this controversial topic. Most of the news focuses on academic studies related to EHRs, like one that found that clinics that have more advanced EHRs are more likely to practice preventative care.
What you’ll find: Health informatics is a healthcare specialization combining information science, health care and computer science. Most of the articles are focused on health informatics which means if you’re unfamiliar with it now, you’ll end up learning a lot about this specialization.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the business side of healthcare, this site has a “business” and a “policy” category that feature articles, interviews and blog posts from CEOs, physicians and experts in the industry.
Don’t miss: Blogs from HIT experts lend a real-world look into the field. Their advice on career issues like compensation, job interviews and social media are invaluable for any HIT student or new HIT graduate.
What you’ll find: In addition to news stories from all around the industry, HealthTech Wire features interviews with industry experts. Featured interviews include physicians, vice presidents and directors of healthcare organizations. Each lends a unique viewpoint about healthcare topics such as patient data, EHRs and data sharing.
Don’t miss: You’re likely not seeking employment yet but when you are, stay ahead of fellow jobseekers by checking out the webinars offered on topics like “Big Data Solves Big Problems in Healthcare” and “Improving Healthcare Data Management.”
What you’ll find: This government-run website is chock-full of crucial information on HIT policies and procedures for healthcare providers, HIT professionals and healthcare patients.
Keep in mind that the government makes the policies on EHRs and meaningful use, so expect the information to be presented in a positive light. That said, this site still deserves your time because your career – and indeed the entire industry – is governed by the policies that are explained in detail here.
Don’t miss: The section for healthcare providers and HIT professionals covers topics you need to be aware of to implement new HIT initiatives – everything from the benefit of EHRs to maintaining patient privacy.
Facebook: HIT Consultant Media
What you’ll find: This site stands out for the volume of content it contains and the round-the-clock publishing schedule it maintains. That means breaking news really is breaking when it’s posted to the site. The site stays true to its HIT focus, but it also includes general healthcare articles. The combination allows you to really understand how HIT affects the healthcare world overall.
If you’re interested in how HIT and social media intersect, the social media section gives a thorough overview.
Don’t miss: HIT Consultant has published an impressive collection of infographics, graphics that relay information in an engaging format. Three to check out:
- Survey: 76% of Patients Would Choose Telehealth Over Human Contact
- Infographic: 5 Healthcare IT Trends Transforming Healthcare
- Infographic: How Are Consumers Using Social Media for Health?
By now, you should realize that being successful in the field requires more than Microsoft Excel and communication skills. So, what should you do now that you have these resources at your fingertips? Follow these sites! Leverage the HIT news you find on these sites in your class discussions or research papers.
Not yet a part of the HIT world? If these sites have inspired you to pursue the field, be sure to explore more to see if a HIT degree is right for you.
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