As healthcare IT leaders across the industry gear up to let their geek flags fly at HIMSS15 next week in Chicago, here at W2O Group, that means it’s time to share the results from our third annual survey detailing “What Health System CIOs Really Care About.” Utilizing rich social analytics within our community of the nation’s most-socially engaged hospital and health system IT leaders, this year’s report provides key insights and notable trends on what provider CIOs, CMIOs, CINOs and other hospital and health system technology chiefs are sharing and caring about when it comes to using social – Twitter, specifically – to advance the health IT conversation and engage with their networks.

What did our social analytics team discover this year? How did it compare to last year’s results? Below are a few key findings to wet your HIT social media whistle until the full report is released on Monday, April 13. (Be sure to follow #HITsmCIO and @W2OGroup on Twitter for more information before, during, and after HIMSS15 for more insights and updates from our MDigitalLife #healthecosystem!)

When it comes to the top topics, not surprisingly, electronic health records (EHRs) take first place. Coming in second is mHealth, followed by innovation, big data and Ebola, the latter of which showcases just how important a medium social can be in the realm of public health awareness and communication among today’s hospital and health system IT leaders and their networks.

Top 5 Topics

As for the most mentioned CIOs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Dr. John Halamka leads the pack with the most @mentions among hospital and health system IT leaders from our MDigitalLife #healthecosystem community. The list of top mentioned CIOs includes:

• John Halamka, MD, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (@jhalamka)
• Edward Marx, Chief Information Officer, Texas Health Resources (@marxists)
• Luis Saldana, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Texas Health Resources (@lsaladnamd)
• Sue Schade, Chief Information Officer, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (@sgschade)
• David Chou, Chief Information Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center (@dchou1107)

Can’t wait until next week for more research results? Please be sure to follow the #HITsmCIO hashtag on Sunday, April 12, from 5:00pm-7:30pm CDT, as we live tweet from our #HITsmCIO Networking Reception, where we’ll be presenting a first look for some of today’s top CIOs, members of the media, and social influencers across the industry. (Invitation-only event. Please contact W2O Group for more information).

For more information on our 2014 research, please see here, and be sure to follow @W2OGroup and #HITsmCIO on Twitter for the latest updates from our 2015 research!