Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts From 2012

It’s good to look back and evaluate your work, to see what worked and what steps can be taken to improve in the future. Looking back on 2012, I have to say that it was a great year for our blog. The number of visitors to our site increased 33% from 2011. While I have no definitive answer as to why we had such a good year, I think it’s safe to attribute the increase to both the loud drumbeat of Meaningful Use and the addition of new authors Jennifer Thew and Leonard Kish.

I’d like to send my thanks to the regular readers of our site. We will continue to publish content that will spark conversation, answer questions and hopefully inspire readers to add to the overall discussion of how health IT can improve healthcare.

For new readers to our blog, the following posts were our 10 most read posts from 2012.

What is Consolidated CDA? by Rob Brull

Hot on the heels of the publication of the ONC’s Standards and Certification NPRM, the companion to the CMS Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM, health IT professionals wanted to know more about the Consolidated CDA healthcare standard that will be used for patient summaries. This post offers a description of CCDA’s templates and how they can be utilized.

The Future in Quantified: A Convergence of Trends, by Angela Dunn

Angela describes the Quantified Self movement and how the numbers produced by mobile health technologies will give us the information we need about ourselves to create positive self-change. It’s inspiring to think about how data – plain ‘ol numbers – can eliminate opinions and excuses and encourage preventative health.

The Blockbuster Drug of the Century: An Engaged Patient, by Leonard Kish

The most talked-about post of 2012, I’ll let Dave Chase’s review of the post in Forbes do the talking:

“The insight of the year goes to Leonard Kish, a health IT strategy consultant, for making that statement regarding patient engagement. The corollary to this statement is a game changer: What happens when effective patient engagement becomes the Standard of Care?”

BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits: An Idea For mHealth App Success, by Angela Dunn

Notice a trend here? In this post, Angela introduced us to Stanford Psychologist BJ Fogg, who created a truly groundbreaking way to effect lifestyle changes through tiny habits, and direct encouragement from Fogg himself. A perfect companion to your New Year’s resolutions.

Six Questions to Consider About Merging a CCD, by Rob Brull

Interest in CCD skyrocketed after it was designated in Meaningful Use Stage 2 as the healthcare standard for transfer of care summary. Rob answers six common questions when considering whether to parse the data of a CCD document from a remote facility and merge it into the local EHR.

A Must Read: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, by Jon Mertz

In 2012 Eric Topol published the groundbreaking book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine.” It has made such an impact in health IT that Dr. Topol is a keynote speaker at HIMSS13, along with President Bill Clinton. Read why the book made such an impression on readers in this post.

5 Hot Topics in Healthcare Interoperability

In this Q&A, I had the opportunity to interview interoperability expert Michael Planchart about his experiences helping large health systems in their quest to make their health data more interoperable. The one thing that stood out was his answer to my question about Consolidated CDA. Summary: Most professionals don’t know anything about it yet. (They must not have read Rob’s post at the top of this list.)

A Skeptic Finds mHealth Success

In this post I describe my experience using an iPhone app called Gorilla Workout, and what I think are dos and don’ts for other mHealth apps. In retrospect, I wish the Gorilla app would have somehow forced me to back away from the Thanksgiving and Christmas family meals after one serving. If only my iPhone smelled as good as my wife’s apple pie….

Good Ideas Can Come From Anywhere: Advice For Medical Leaders, by Angela Dunn

Who says medical leaders need advice? We do! Angela describes how, in an idea economy, medical leaders cannot be arrogant. They must be able to find good ideas from anywhere.

EMR Goes Global: Bringing Technology to Developing Countries, by Jennifer Thew

While there are many who will debate otherwise, Meaningful Use only applies to the United States, but that doesn’t mean EMR technology isn’t helping developing countries. In this post, Jennifer describes how Partners in Health is finding success using basic EMR technology in Africa to track HIV data.


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Chad Johnson is managing editor of and senior marketing manager at Corepoint Health. He has worked in healthcare-related fields for more than 15 years, including working directly with physicians, nurses, radiologic technologists and health IT professionals.