Here on the The Energy Collective we cover all aspects of energy policy. We’re proud to take on another big, and globally significant business conversation: How to deliver quality healthcare to as many people on the planet as possible. Today marks the official launch of HealthWorksCollective, our tenth community at Social Media Today.


HealthWorksCollective brings together many of the world’s leading healthcare bloggers. Their expertise ranges from policy to technology to financing to global development. We continue to recruit the best minds in healthcare, with the goal of nurturing a broad discussion that in turn will generate the wisdom we all need to make informed changes.


Since everything we do is based on our bloggers, we are proud to announce some particularly impressive founding members of HealthWorksCollective. They include a former CEO of a major university medical system, a leading software analyst, a renowned authority on the nexus between healthcare and free markets, and an expert in international development.   A full list of our current bloggers can be found at the end of this post.


Here are some of the questions that we’re already covering on the site: What role should government regulation play in supporting or hindering innovative care? How can new diagnostic technology make healthcare more effective, and efficient? How are predictive analytics being used to augment research and what are the relevant privacy concerns?  How can we efficiently serve remote and under-developed populations? What role can social media play in galvanizing public attention and enabling smart policy choices? 


We invite our members across all our sites to join this important conversation.  Look to this community for upcoming virtual events and live conversations with industry leaders and thinkers, and for synthesized content that can put our 24/7 attention into perspective. 


John Goodman

John C. Goodman is president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a free-market think tank established in 1983. Goodman’s health policy blog is the premier right-of-center health care blog on the Internet.  John and the NCPA have 9179 followers on Twitter.


Michael Douglas

Michael L. Douglas, MD, MBA is the editor and proprietor of Doctor Pundit, one of the blogosphere's leading physician blogs and healthcare policy blogs. He is a geriatrician and board-certified family physician who serves as the clinical director of long term care services at the Saint Peter (MN) Regional Treatment Center, the state's inpatient forensic

psychiatric facility.


Stephen Schimpff

Stephen C. Schimpff, MD is the retired Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center and former chief operating officer of the University Maryland Medical System He is the author of “The Future of Medicine – Megatrends in Healthcare” which discusses the coming scientific advances in medicine such as genomics, stem cells, vaccines, medical devices, imaging, the operating room and information management.


Shahid Shah

Shahid is an internationally recognized enterprise software analyst that specializes in healthcare IT with an emphasis on e-health, EMRs, data integration, and legacy modernization. Over the last 15 years the health IT positions he's held include Virtual CTO for CardinalHealth's CTS unit (now CareFusion), CTO of two Electronic Medical Records (EMR) companies, a Chief Systems Architect at American Red Cross, Architecture Consultant at NIH, and SVP of Healthcare Technology at COMSYS.


David Williams

David E. Williams is co-founder of MedPharma Partners LLC, strategy consultant in technology enabled health care services, pharma, biotech, and medical devices. Formerly with BCG and LEK. MBA (Harvard), BA (Wesleyan), David has 2775 followers on Twitter.


Amanda Glassman

Amanda Glassman is the Director of Global Health Policy and a research fellow at the Center for Global Development. She has 20 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world.  Amanda is editor and co-author of the books From Few to Many: A Decade of Health Insurance Expansion in Colombia (IDB and Brookings 2010) and The Health of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (World Bank 2001).


Glenn Laffel

Glenn completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiovascular disease fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He earned a PhD in Health Policy and Management from MIT. Most recently, Glenn served as Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Practice Fusion, which offers a Web-based electronic heath record for free to providers in solo and small group practices.  Glenn has 2910 followers on Twitter.


Jason Shafrin

Jason is a Ph.D. Economist and Research Associate at Acumen, LLC.  Jason’s research interests include all issues related to healthcare policy and economics, the health insurance market, and Medicare research.


Patrick Driscoll

Patrick Driscoll founded MedMarket Diligence in October 2001. Mr. Driscoll has over 25 years experience analyzing and writing on medical technology markets, encompassing medical devices, biotech and biopharmaceuticals.  Patrick has 1729 followers on Twitter.


Herina Ayot

Herina Ayot is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is the Managing Editor for a health technology publication, OneMedSentinel, the central arm of OneMedPlace


Ellen McKenna

Before joining the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation as media director, Ellen was a public information officer for the University of Virginia Health System. She has an extensive background in strategic communications planning and content development


Katherine Malbon

Katie Malbon, MD trained as a Pediatrician in the UK and worked for 8 years in several Central London Hospitals. She obtained her New York State License in January 2009 and has been working at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) ever since. She took the position as Assistant Professor at MSAHC in February 2011.


Anthony Cirillo

Anthony is a sought-after international strategic health care marketer whose company Fast Forward Consulting ( empowers organizations to change the health care experience and leverage it in their marketing Anthony is also an expert in aging and caregiving issues. He fell into a mission for elders after performing for seniors in nursing homes, something he does to this day. His platform is simple - educated aging choices. Anthony believes that people need to think about aging issues sooner in life and prepare financially, emotionally and physically. He is the author of Who Moved My Dentures?, a book that dispels myths about aging.



Barbara Ficarra

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA is an award-winning journalist, media broadcaster, medical blogger, speaker, health educator, consultant and registered nurse. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Barbara is head nurse (nursing supervisor) at a level 2 trauma center and covers multiple medical and surgical units; including critical care, oncology, cardiology, psychiatric in-patient unit and the women’s and children’s units including the pediatric emergency room.  Barbara also is experienced in video production as host and executive producer for Web/TV.


Archelle Georgiou

Archelle is a 40-something year old doctor and health expert on Fox9News in Minneapolis. She is also a wife, parent, former health insurance corporate executive who is passionate about Creating Health...not just managing or improving it! Archelle has spent 25 years in health private practice, in corporate America, and now has her own consulting practice, Georgiou Consulting, so that she can pursue health care projects, initiatives, and causes she believes are most meaningful to making a difference for people.


Howard Luks

Howard  is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New York Medical College, and is privileged to serve as the CHIEF OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND ARTHROSCOPY at University Orthopedics, PC and Westchester Medical Center, where he is entrusted with the training of the next generation of Orthopedic Surgeons.


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