30 Healthcare IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2022

The healthcare landscape is changing. External forces, such as the pandemic, are behind some of that change, but so are digital health leaders pushing for improved care delivery, equity and patient outcomes.

Change in digital health comes in different forms. Driven by patient requests for on-demand access to care, clinician shortages and the growing collection of patient data, developments around digital-first strategies, virtual care, clinician workflow efficiencies and interoperability are continuing to evolve in response.

Clinicians and patients have become much more reliant on digital health solutions, and now the focus has turned to how to best manage and integrate these tools while maintaining a secure environment. The successful implementation of these technologies and strategies depends on cross-team conversations and holistic approaches to clinician workflows.

HealthTech is excited to highlight the leadership and hard work of 30 healthcare IT influencers driving innovation and change in the digital health space. These leaders offer valuable insights into successful technology implementations.

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Patient-centered care

Dr. Ami Bhatt

Dr. Ana Velázquez Mañana

Dr. Ana Velázquez Mañana

Dr. Ana Velázquez Mañana is a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco. She tweets about oncology research, health disparities and Latinas in medicine.

Andy Mychkovsky

Andy Mychkovsky is a strategic adviser and independent consultant for healthcare startups, private investors and companies looking to develop or improve their go-to-market approach. He is also the founder and writer of Healthcare Pizza, a blog focused on breaking digital health into bite-size pieces on a weekly basis.

Dr. Anupam B. Jena

Dr. Anupam B. Jena is an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the host of the Freakonomics, M.D. podcast. Every week, he explores a fascinating question at the intersection of medicine and human behavior.

Dr. Ashish Atreja

Dr. Ashish Atreja is the CIO and chief digital health officer at UC Davis Health. He leads innovation technology and partners on digital and data initiatives under the UC Davis Digital CoLab.

Dr. Atul Butte

Beverly Malone

Beverly Malone is the president and CEO of the National League for Nursing, a resource for nursing education tools, trainings, events and news. She has served as president of the American Nurses Association and as deputy assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Brittney Wilson

In addition to running The Nerdy Nurse blog, which focuses on topics such as nursing and technology, Brittney Wilson is the senior manager for support communities at HealthStream.

Chris Recinos

Chris Recinos is the CEO and founder of the Nurse Leader Network and host of its eponymous podcast, which focuses on helping nurse leaders grow.

Danielle Siarri

Danielle Siarri works as an adjunct professor at the University of New England and is the lead publisher for InnoNurse, a healthcare technology news site.

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Allow dental therapists to follow statewide

As a dentist at the Seattle Indian Wellness Board, I have witnessed far way too many young children and grownups going through dental suffering and battling to come across the treatment they will need because of significant dental supplier shortages.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Proper now, dental therapy is an evidence-primarily based option that is previously doing work for numerous tribes in Washington and 12 other states across the place, and it need to be permitted statewide. Dental therapists are treatment companies who expand the dental workforce and are often compared to medical professional assistants in drugs. They can deliver quite a few typically required non-elaborate dental solutions, these as checkups, fillings and uncomplicated extractions, releasing dentists to do a lot more complicated operate and serve people most in need.

The 2017 Washington regulation that approved dental therapists to follow on tribal lands was a great phase toward recognizing the tribal sovereign ideal to deliver wellbeing care to their citizens. But that law specially excludes urban Indian applications like Seattle Indian Well being Board, while far more than 78% of American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are living off of tribal lands and far more than two-thirds of our individual foundation is from those communities.

Before this 12 months, I was invited to serve on the Washington Dental Therapy Job Pressure, created by the Legislature, to study how dental therapists could increase accessibility to oral wellbeing care statewide. Whilst it is genuine that American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer disproportionate oral wellness outcomes, we are not by yourself. Children dwelling in minimal-income houses and young children of colour, especially Black and Hispanic kids, put up with disproportionately worse oral overall health outcomes than their affluent white peers. Entry to oral health treatment is also out of access for quite a few seniors, rural people, reduced-income families, folks of color and clients who have coverage via Medicaid or are uninsured.

Job force associates collectively invested hundreds of hours this summer time and fall presenting and meticulously examining evidence, asking and answering applicable inquiries, and engaging in really hard and honest conversations centered on what is working in tribal communities in Washington and throughout the place. 

1 of the factors that stood out most to me was the overwhelming agreement from studies, knowledge and testimony from dentists and dental therapists in Washington Tribal clinics, supporting the efficiency and security of dental therapists. Dental therapists are a tremendous asset to the communities they serve. In Alaska, wherever dental therapists have been practising the longest not only greater the range of patients viewed, lowered wait around periods and enhanced vacation instances, but also improved local community oral wellness and greater workforce range.

The effects of this job power change the discussion about the pressing want for point out legislative action this coming session. The job force incorporated proponents, opponents and people neutral on past laws, and had wide illustration from communities with significantly less entry to dental care, dental and health care professional

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