Submit a Guest Article
Hi, I’m Shahid Shah, managing editor of HITSphere.com and chief blogger at HealthcareGuy.com, one of our most popular health IT properties. We welcome guest articles from Digital Health, health IT, mHealth, bio IT, cybersecurity,and related tech practitioners and innovators – anyone who has practical, relevant, and actionable advice to offer. We are not a news and views site which talks generically about why technology in healthcare is a good thing, there are tons of sites that do that. We are a “how to” site.
Here’s a quick video overview on the kinds of guest articles we post:
What kinds of subjects should you write about?
If you have any technology subject area that you know well enough to give tips, techniques, advice, etc. without really selling a product or a company then I’d love to hear from you. It could be as little as 350 words all the way to 2,500 words or more if you have lots to say. No deadlines or anything – just get it to me when you have it.
Here is some general guidance:
- The subject must be technical, not non-technical. The more about software, and the more technical the better.
- Pick a practical topic that many readers will care about, not some esoteric subject that only a small number of people care about
- Make it advice-oriented, and actionable — not just news & views or pontification
We focus on content that delivers real knowledge that has the potential the change the way medicine is practiced or technology is applied in the practice of medicine. If your guest article is not about materially, specifically, and practically changing something that’s broken we’re not a good site for your content. We do not like to hear about why tech is good – everyone knows that. We center on how technology solves specific problems in specific use cases. Key practices, specific examples, particular tools and how they should be integrated into care plans, and more are all good things. The key is not to be generic – focus on the top problems, top myths, top issues, and give real solutions and answers to questions raised by tech users every day.
Our format is pretty simple – I will do an introductory paragraph or piece at the top of your guest article and the rest will be your content. Do a search for “Guest Article” on my blog and see what I mean.
Still not sure what to write about?
Take a look at some of the “Do’s and Don’ts” guest articles that others submitted — they are pretty popular because they are too the point and advice-oriented. Remember, we like heavily technical pieces that really talk about how to do things, not just general industry “consulting speak” talking about broad generalizations and such.
What kind of audience should you write for?
Our readers are mostly technology folks that are “in the trenches” and looking for technical solutions to healthcare problems. They are IT managers, clinical engineers, med techs, programmers, executives, and other experienced people looking for answers to technical questions. If you’re not writing for a deeply technical audience please don’t submit the article.
What should the guest postings look like?
For some examples, look at the other guest articles on my blog – as long as it’s suitable for a highly technical audience and will not look or read like an article that is so general that it would be suited for a newspaper, it will likely be published. Here are best kinds of guest postings:
- Helpful how-to posts that teach something useful
- New discoveries or case studies that show how an implementation in one place might work in another
- Actionable news that tells people something they should do to help save time or get some work done
Your content needs to be:
- Transparent – If you’re mentioning a service or product that you’re associated with, make it clear.
- Balanced – No lopsided propaganda. Especially if you’re associated with something being mentioned
- Well written – We will not accept poorly written posts or posts with bad grammar or non (PG) language.
- Fresh – We will not accept posts that cover a topic we feel is over-talked about or over-done, or is too general
What kinds of articles should you NOT write?
The key is that my audience is a technology “implementation” group; they don’t like high level news and views that can be found in dozens of other sites. If your article reads like a news article or product announcement then you won’t want to submit that.
How do you submit a guest posting?
If you’ve got some advice to share, please submit a quick abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a quick thumbs up / down.
What are the deadlines?
There are no deadlines, just send what you have when it’s ready. My review and editing process is a little painful but if you get through it, you’ll create some great content.