New AHCJ core topic leader will provide help covering health IT

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the director of education for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

Karen Blum

Karen Blum

Karen Blum is the new AHCJ core topic leader for health information technology. A health care and science journalist in the Baltimore area, she will write blog posts, tip sheets, articles and gather resources to help colleagues cover the changing world of heath IT. 

While she will officially begin that post on May 17, she’s already written an upcoming post about next week’s health IT conference. 

Blum has written health IT stories for publications such as Pharmacy Practice News, Clinical Oncology News, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, General Surgery News and Infectious Disease Special Edition.

An experienced freelancer for the last 17 years, she has master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, with continuing education from Johns Hopkins University. 

She’s served as a judge for AHCJ’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, and was a member of the conference planning committee for Health Journalism 2019. 

The health IT core topic resources are made possible by support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, based in Palo Alto, Calif., which has a profound interest in this area. 

Health IT is a topic among an expanding list of health and health care-related core topics that AHCJ believes will help health journalists master the beat they cover. 

If you have suggestions for Blum, questions or resources you’d like to share, please send them to healthit@healthjournalism.org.

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