Category Archives: Conference

IT acronyms, trends that health journalists should understand

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

The Cleveland Clinic last month released its list of top 10 medical innovations for 2017. The annual list highlights technology most “expected to have the biggest impacts on the field in the coming year.”

Coming in at number six is something called “Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources,” better known as FHIR (pronounced “fire”), which aims to improve health information interoperability. It is scheduled to be released next year. Continue reading

Get a jump-start on the health information technology stories in your community

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

The luncheon speaker will be B. Vindell Washington, M.D., M.H.C.M., F.A.C.E.P., newly named national coordinator for health information technology.

The luncheon speaker will be B. Vindell Washington, M.D., M.H.C.M., F.A.C.E.P., newly named national coordinator for health information technology.

Whether you are new to covering health IT or looking to reconnect with sources on the beat, join us in San Francisco on Oct. 13 and 14 for the AHCJ Workshop on Health Information Technology.

Hear from some of the biggest names in health IT, including Vindell Washington, M.D., the newly named national coordinator for health information technology. Continue reading

Save the date: Orlando to host Health Journalism 2017

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Orlando will be the site of Health Journalism 2017, the Association of Health Care Journalists has announced.

The annual conference of AHCJ is slated for April 20-23, 2017 at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Drive). The conference, which usually draws 700-800 attendees, will feature three and a half days of workshops, panel sessions, roundtables and field trips covering the latest topics in medical science, health policy, public health, medical education, consumer health and the business of health care. Sessions focus on the special needs of reporters, editors and producers as they attempt to cover these topic areas for their audiences. Continue reading

Tips to expand coverage of LGBT health beyond HIV and AIDS

Tara Haelle

About Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ's medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information.

Photo: Ted Eytan via Flickr

Photo: Ted Eytan via Flickr

For the past several decades, HIV and AIDS have dominated discussions and reporting about LGBT health. While HIV/AIDS continues to be relevant to this population, thorough coverage of health for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be much more comprehensive in examining other challenges they face.

Several takeaways from the Health Journalism 2016 session, “Beyond HIV/AIDS: Reporting on the LGBT Community,” can help reporters go beyond those issues to discover new stories and important trends. Two major themes emerged from the session that offer fertile ground for deeper reporting. Continue reading

First candidates for AHCJ board of directors announced; still time to declare candidacy

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ AHCJ's board of directors meets to discuss the organization's accomplishments and look ahead at its April 2016 meeting in Cleveland.

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ AHCJ’s board of directors meets to discuss the organization’s accomplishments and look ahead at its April 2016 meeting in Cleveland.

Several professional category members of AHCJ have announced their candidacy for the organization’s board of directors.

Six of the 12 director positions come up for election each year for two-year terms. Incumbent board members are allowed to run for re-election.

The deadline to declare candidacy for the board is noon (Central time) on June 3. Information about running for the board and instructions on how to do so is available here.