Crowdsourcing the #HIT100

Thanks to Nate Osit at Bio-Digital Jazz for pulling this together after Michael Planchart‘s crowdsourcing initiative over the past few weeks to get Tweeps engaged in healthcare IT conversations on Twitter to nominate the Healthcare IT 100 (#HIT100). Conducted entirely on Twitter, this poll crowdsourced nominations for the top 100 folks in healthcare IT without surveys, criteria, or KSA rankings. As such, it represents a Twitter Rohrschach of “who do I think of when I think of healthcare IT?”

Using Twitter meant that respondents generated an affective and instinctive response rather than a studied one; given the rapid pace of Twitter convos and hashtags there isn’t enough time to do qualitative and quantitative rankings. Responses had to go with the flow and answers were on the fly to keep up with the hashtag but it was a great exercise in building and formalizing a sense of online community for a diverse and growing field.

After much effort collating and filtering the data by unique nominations the list below resulted.

As was carefully stated:

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I was honored to eek out a space down there at the bottom and interested to note that despite all the efforts being done by federal agencies in the healthcare IT space (ONC, AHRQ, HHS) and the policy discussions on meaningful use, HIE and EHRs, not one federal agency was listed here. Hmmm.

Like all aggregations, there’s quite a few stellar people and organizations missing – please feel free to continue the list in the comments below (@cindythroop anyone?)

1) @ahier = 36
2) @motorcycle_guy = 35
3) @TheGr8Chalupa = 31
4) @ePatientDave = 26
5) @NateOsit = 26
6) @lizasisler = 23
7) @EMRAnswers = 22
8) @janicemccallum = 21
9) @Perficient_HC  = 20
10) @ej_butler = 18
11) @MatthewBrowning = 18
12) @jhalamka =17
13) @ReginaHolliday = 16
14) @2healthguru =16
15) @theEHRGuy = 15
16) @Farzad_ONC = 14
17) @Lygeia = 14
18) @SusannahFox = 14
19) @boltyboy  = 13
20) @Cascadia  = 13
21) @faisal_q = 13
22) @HealthStandards = 13
23) @aviars = 12
24) @HealthBlawg =12
25) @HITAdvisor =12
26) @VinceKuratis =12
27) @jimmyweeks =11
28) @HealthyThinker =10
29) @jonmertz =10
30) @HISTalk =9
31) @HITExchange =9
32) @john_chilmark =9
33) @PhilBaumann =9
34) @CLOUDHealth =8
35) @EdBennett =8
36) @ekivemark =8
37) @ftvelasco =8
38) @pjmachado =8
39) @tedeytan =8
40) @westr  =8
41) @MedicalQuack =7
42) @MicrosoftMD  =7
43) @WTeeGreen =7
44) @acowatch =7
45) @bobcoffield =7
46) @Egrunden =7
47) @FairCareMD =7
48) @fredtrotter =7
49) @jasoncolquitt =7
50) @JessPKahn =7
51) @KentBottles =7
52) @kevinmd =7
53) @BarbaraFicarra =6
54) @gnayyar=6
55) @HIMSS =6
56) @jbselz =6
57) @jkedar =6
58) @realworldhl7  =6
59) @RichmondDoc =6
60) @rilescat =6
61) @ShimCode =6
62) @lisacrymes  =5
63) @omowizard  =5
64) @richelmore =5
65) @RMartinBoulder =5
66) @RossMartin  =5
67) @Andrewspong  =5
68) @ElinSilveous=5
69) @erikpupo  =5
70) @fierceEMR =5
71) @GailZahtz  =5
72) @hitconsultant =5
73) @HITNewsTweet =5
74) @IngaHIStalk =5
75) @SonalPatel_HIT =4
76) @HealthEugene =4
77) @HealthIT =4
78) @jimtate  =4
79) @JohnSharp =4
80) @Jsamplesgmt =4
81) @lostonroute66 =4
82) @marxists  =4
83) @meducate =4
84) @poikonen  =4
85) @dirkstanley =4
86) @drjosephkim  =4
87) @EHRoutlook  =4
88) @EMRDailyNews  =4
89) @GovHITeditor   =4
90) @GrahameGrieve  =4
91) @harrygreenspun  =4
92) @anitasamarth  = 4
93) @Anthony_Guerra =4
94) @billians  =4
95) @blogbrevity =4
96) @CorepointHealth =4
97) @cristianliu =4
98) @cyberslate =4
99) @danamlewis =4

Then again, the healthcare IT (and healthcare social media) communities have evolved organically from social media and community organization in the past few years, so crowdsourcing is nothing new to this crowd. Pun intended.

Who would have thought that after a few short years the community would grow from cupcakes and tapas gatherings to having its own #HIT100 list? Remember these days?

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6 thoughts on “Crowdsourcing the #HIT100

  1. I just talked to @CindyThroop on Friday and again yesterday. She is not only an amazing eHealth and Health IT policy expert but a genuine friend. When I first flew out to DC to testify before one of the policy committees I was next to last on the agenda.. She not only came to give me support but literally sat next to me for six hours while I waited to talk for a few minutes.. Two years later when I was the first to speaker after the keynote by Aneesh Chopra at a Brookings event who again took me out to dinner to celebrate? @cindythroopWe met via twitter (as did Regina Holiday, Matthew Holt, Liz, Gregg Masters and many others). I used to think no one else would ever care about the patients voice in health IT and now I literally can’t go to an event without seeing people who are not only health IT experts and advocates but my friends. Thanks for posting this. as @patientDave likes to introduce me @cascadia

  2. What a phenomenal group of individuals, and as mentioned in above comments as well as Tweets, there are a number of incredible influential individuals in the health IT space that didn’t make the “list.” Nonetheless, the individuals nominated for their hard work (as well as noticeable “branding”) are doing great things to get the health care industry up to speed and where it needs to be.Keep up the amazing work, everyone! You are truly an incredible group of people to be involved with and I am honored to be a part of it!

  3. You’re right incredible group all around both on and off list. What’s great about this initiative is that the list is dynamic – crowdsourcing means it can keep growing and “flexing its muscles.” What a great community accomplishment to have this many names in such a short time.Everyone who works in the space from provider to patient advocate to PACS to PRM to EHR to finances is a critical player with a lot to contribute – thanks for all your comments.Can’t wait for @TheEHRGuy’s #HIT500 – then we’ll know healthcare IT has really grown up!

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