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Upcoming webinar to showcase 2022 health tech forecast

About Karen Blum

Karen Blum is AHCJ’s core topic leader on health IT. An independent journalist in the Baltimore area, she 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.

Jan. 19 webinar panelists

Since taking over the health IT core topic for AHCJ last spring, I’ve spent a lot of time reading about trends and happenings in the health information technology space. You may already be familiar with some of them: Chances are you’ve messaged one of your doctors or received test results through an online patient portal, or taken part in a telehealth appointment. Maybe you’ve tracked some health metrics like blood pressure or steps walked through your cell phone or smartwatch. 

I hope you’ll join AHCJ this Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET for a new, free webcast looking at a health tech forecast for 2022. During our roundtable discussion, our multidisciplinary expert panel will talk about what to look for as the year progresses. Digital health experts in the fields of cardiology, cancer and pharmacy, plus an experienced health IT journalist and editor, are available to answer all of your burning questions. 

Among our planned talking points are a look at the top hot trends for 2022 and what digital technologies are trending in heart disease, cancer and medication management. We’ll also cover what to expect in telehealth and remote monitoring/hospital at-home programs, wearable technologies, the patient experience and more. Plus, you’re learn what technologies might be on the way out.

For journalists looking to dive deeper into this topic, Kat Jercich, one of our panelists and senior editor at Healthcare IT News, and her colleagues have written a collection of stories about the future of health care

Our panelists’ bios are below. I hope you can join us on Wednesday!

  • Timothy Aungst, PharmD, is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University in Boston and a clinical pharmacist in the home health setting. He has over a decade of experience in the digital health space focused on digital therapeutics, remote patient monitoring, medication adherence and digital biomarkers. He serves as an advisor and consultant to digital health and pharmaceutical companies and is a recognized expert with multiple publications and international and national speaking engagements.
  • Kat Jercich is the senior editor at Healthcare IT News and has more than a decade of journalism experience. Her bylines have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Advocate, and others. Previously, she was an award-winning managing editor at the Rewire News Group.
  • Santosh Mohan, M.M.C.I., C.P.H.I.M.S., F.H.I.M.S.S., is the vice president of digital in the department of digital innovation at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He is launching the digital organization within Moffitt’s Center for Digital Health to help leverage information technology and health data science competencies to advance the cancer center’s overall strategy. Previously, he served as the managing director of the Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
  • Mintu Turakhia, M.D., M.A.S., is professor of medicine and director and co-founder of the Center for Digital Health at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. A cardiac electrophysiologist, outcomes researcher and clinical trialist, he has an active multidisciplinary program in heart rhythm and digital health research, where he uses biostatistics, health economics, artificial intelligence, and data science approaches to examine quality, outcomes and risk of heart rhythm disorders. He has served as principal investigator of several multi-center trials of digital health tools and wearables for heart disease diagnosis and treatment, and he collaborates closely on research with medical device and technology companies. At the Center for Digital Health, Turakhia leads several large public-private partnership efforts to develop tech-enabled disease management programs for heart disease.

AHCJ launches search for new executive director as Smiley resigns

About Felice J. Freyer

Felice J. Freyer is AHCJ's president and a health care reporter for The Boston Globe.

Andrew Smiley

Andrew Smiley, AHCJ’s executive director who led the association through the challenges of a continuing pandemic and critical personnel changes, is resigning effective Jan. 28.

We are grateful for Smiley’s excellent work since he took the post in September 2020. His accomplishments include increasing reserves, helping run a new fellowship program, quickly implementing a virtual platform to offer workshops during the pandemic, and hiring three top-notch staffers — Katherine Reed, director of education and content; Andrea Waner, director of engagement, and Erica Tricarico, managing editor.

Smiley said he had not expected to leave so soon but had been recruited into a “life-changing” new job. As we search for a replacement, the AHCJ board of directors has put in place a transition plan that will keep the association operating smoothly without any changes to our offerings and activities.

Katherine Reed                    Andrea Waner

Reed has agreed to serve as interim executive director and Waner will be interim deputy executive director. Senior Advisor and former Executive Director Len Bruzzese has agreed to increase his time with us, and Jeff Porter, recently retired education director, will assist with conference planning.

As a result, our daily Covering Health blog, our fellowship programs, the annual Excellence in Health Care Journalism awards, and planning for our annual conference will all continue apace. The conference will take place in Austin April 28 – May 1.

I have appointed a search committee, which I am chairing, to look nationwide for a new executive director. Search committee members also include immediate past president Ivan Oransky, former president Karl Stark, vice president Gideon Gil, board member Marlene Harris-Taylor, and Mark Horvit, a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where AHCJ is based.

I’m expecting many applicants will be drawn to the opportunity to lead a vibrant organization that supports and educates journalists at a time when our work has never been more important. I urge AHCJ members to spread the word and encourage prospective candidates to submit their applications. To apply for the job, go to, click on “prospective employees” and search for job no. 39998.

AHCJ announces 2022 National Health Cancer Reporting Fellows

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ten journalists have been selected to participate in AHCJ’s National Cancer Reporting Fellowship.

Supported by the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the fellowship strives to increase reporters, editors and producers’ understanding of the scientific process and scientific research, improve their ability to interpret and accurately report on complex scientific findings, and provide insight into the work of cancer researchers.

The three-day virtual event will be held Feb. 1 -3, 2022, and will feature experts from the National Institutes of Health. A wide range of topics will be explored, including a historical overview of 50 years of cancer research and treatment; clinical trials; how cancer screenings have been affected by the pandemic; and deep dives into immunotherapy, the cost of drugs and treatment and new directions in cancer treatment and research.

The 2022 fellows are:

  • Penny Dickerson (@pennydickersonw) a Jacksonville, Florida-based independent journalist
  • Sharon Donovan a New Orleans-based independent journalist
  • Rosa Furneaux (@rosafurneaux), global health investigative reporter for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Carla K. Johnson (@CarlaKJohnson), medical writer for the Associated Press
  • Alison Kanski (@alisonkanski), reporter for Precision Oncology News
  • Alla Katsnelson (@lalakat) a Northampton, Massachusetts-based independent journalist
  • Rakiya Muhammad (@rakiyaam2) a Sokoto, Nigeria-based independent journalist
  • Kari Oakes (@karioakes), managing editor, Regulatory Focus/Regulator Affairs Professionals Society
  • Howard Wolinksy (@journotwit) a Flossmoor, Illinois-based independent journalist
  • Kerry Young (@kdooleyyoung), a Washington D.C.-based independent journalist who is also AHCJ’s patient safety core topic leader.

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Expand your freelance business by writing for niche publications

About Barbara Mantel

Barbara Mantel (@BJMantel), an independent journalist, is AHCJ’s freelance community correspondent. Her work has appeared in CQ Researcher, Rural Health Quarterly, Undark, Healthline, and NPR, among others. She helps members find the resources they need to succeed as freelancers and welcomes your suggestions.

The panelists and moderator of AHCJ’s Dec. 8 webcast.

I have been lucky as a freelancer to have a regular gig as a contributing writer for CQ Researcher, an online magazine that examines a single topic in depth each week. It serves as the backbone for my freelance business. As editors at other publications come and go and their freelance budgets shrink, CQ Researcher has been a reliable and steady source of assignments.

But the stories can take months to report, write and edit, and frankly, I am a bit burned out. As a result, I have been reducing the number of CQ Researcher articles that I write each year and looking to expand the number of other media outlets I freelance for. 

I was in this frame of mind when independent journalist Jen A. Miller approached me about providing AHCJ’s freelance members information about writing for niche publications. Miller has written “Notes from a Hired Pen: Where to Find New Freelance Writing Clients and Turbocharge Your Career,” an e-book that is full of tips for finding, pitching and writing for specialized publications beyond the traditional consumer outlets freelancers often think of pitching. 

There is a whole world of potential clients for freelancers to tap beyond newspapers, general interest science and health magazines, women’s magazines and other traditional consumer publications. Trade groups publish magazines for members, companies for customers and universities for alums. Media conglomerates may have a stable of specialized publications targeting various professional groups. Many are looking for talented freelance writers to fill out the pages, whether digital or print.

That’s why on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m. EST, I will be moderating a panel discussion for an AHCJ webinar called “Beyond newsstands: how to expand your freelance business through niche publications.”

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AHCJ announces 2022 Health Performance Reporting Fellows

COLUMBIA, Mo. —The Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance to five journalists, whose proposals stood out among the pool of other talented applicants. The program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund for the 12th year in a row, is designed to help journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system in its entirety.

The fellowship covers the cost of attending seminars and AHCJ conferences, and a $4,000 project allowance is available to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. Each fellow will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of projects. Recipients will continue their jobs during the coming year while also receiving customized training, mentoring and financial support for field reporting and conference and workshop attendance. Continue reading