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HCI on Twitter: Our Most Popular Stories on Social Media in 2015

December 23, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal and Megan Combs
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Another year has passed, which means it’s time to look back at the biggest stories and developments in health IT in 2015. HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland has already looked at the seven significant things we learned this year, and there will be more year-in-review content coming in the next week.

Today, we will take a look at the biggest hits of the year on Twitter, the biggest social media channel for HCI reader engagement. For this list, HCI social media manager Megan Combs parsed through the analytics and found the top 15 articles, news stories and blogs from 2015 on Twitter (@HCInformatics). Here are the top 5 from each of those categories in the year that was, ranking from most clicked to least clicked on Twitter within each grouping:

Top 5 Articles on Twitter

Leveraging Data for Population Health: One Health Plan Leader’s Perspective: Charles Kennedy, M.D. of Healthagen/Aetna shared his perspectives on the immense challenges and opportunities facing health plans and providers as they work to leverage data and analytics to move forward on population health.

2015 HCI 100: HCI's yearly list of vendors with the highest revenues derived from healthcare IT products and services was released in July of this year, with Optum coming in at No. 1 for the first time.

The Mobile Patient: How mHealth Tools are Paving the Way for Better Care Management: In the new healthcare, provider organizations will need to make concerted efforts to become more patient-centered. Enter the world of mobile health—for forward-thinking providers, it’s about getting patients to use mHealth tools for better care management.

David Chou: Healthcare Needs to be Like Amazon: David Chou, CIO at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, talked about the natural challenges and struggles that is patient engagement. He said healthcare needs to be more retail-oriented, and focus on serving end users like Amazon does with its customers.

Patient Advocates to Receive Training on Big Data: The field of data science is evolving so rapidly that patients and patient advocates often do not feel knowledgeable enough to take part in research design or evaluation. A new initiative called Big Data for Patients (BD4P) was set up to provide specialized training for patients and advocates on the emerging field of data science.

Top 5 News Stories on Twitter

Report: Digital Health Solutions Could Save Healthcare Industry $100B: Digital health solutions achieved the U.S. healthcare industry $6 billion in cost savings in 2014, and are expected to save the system more than $100 billion over the next four years, according to research from the New York City-based Accenture.

Cerner Responds to Epic's CommonWell Dig: Cerner, the large electronic health record (EHR) vendor based in Kansas City, Mo., responded to comments made by its chief rival, Epic Systems (Verona, Wisc.), during a hearing on health IT about the trade group, of which the former is heavily involved.

Cerner/Leidos-Led Team Wins DoD EHR Contract: The winner of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) massive Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record (EHR) contract was a team headed by the Kansas-City based EHR vendor Cerner Corp.

Study: Americans Hungry for Healthcare Pricing Data: Consumers want more healthcare pricing data to help them make more informed choices, according to the findings of a study from the nonprofit research organization, Public Agenda and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

mHealth, Privacy Among PwC's Top Health Issues for 2015: PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Health Research Institute (HRI) released its annual list of the top healthcare issues for 2015, and once again, a number of items were health IT-related.

Top 5 Blogs on Twitter