These top health care tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on healthcare in Q3 2020

1. Bob Herman’s tweet on UnitedHealth’s most profitable quarter

Bob Herman, health care reporter at Axios, an online news media company, shared an article on UnitedHealth Group, a health insurance company, recording $6.6bn in profit in the second quarter, which is the highest quarterly profit registered by the company in its history.

Health insurers such as UnitedHealth and Optum were unaffected by the pandemic and registered profits as people postponed medical check-ups, which led to fewer medical claims.

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Username: Bob Herman

Twitter handle: @bobjherman

Retweets: 129

Likes: 1,630

2. Charles Ornstein’s tweet on increased pressure on Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge

Charles Ornstein, managing editor at ProPublica, a non-profit organisation, shared an article on hospitals in Houston being overwhelmed due to surge in coronavirus cases by four times after Memorial Day.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, for example, ran out of medical staff and remdesivir drug used to treat Covid-19 positive cases. As the number of cases increased, dozens of patients were waiting to be transferred from the emergency room to intensive care.

Several hospital executives warned that the number of Covid-19 hospitalisations were growing at an alarming rate and placed huge strain on healthcare services, article added.

Username:  Charles Ornstein

Twitter handle: @charlesornstein

Retweets: 976

Likes: 1,058

3. Scott Gottlieb’s tweet on rise in hospitalisation rates

Scott Gottlieb, partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a venture capital firm, tweeted on surge in hospitalisation rates in the southern region of the US particularly among the vulnerable elderly population.

The influencer noted the coronavirus infection, which started among younger adults, has now reached older American people. Approximately, 40% of fatalities reported in Texas, for example, are associated with long-term facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Username: Scott Gottlieb

Twitter handle: @ScottGottliebMD

Retweets: 591

Likes: 1,020

4. Andy Slavitt’s tweet on misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

Andy Slavitt, chairman of the board at United States of Care, a non-profit health care organisation, shared an article on antipsychotic drugs being administered to nursing home residents despite the absence of psychosis, according a report by health researchers.

The report noted that citations for misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities rose by 200% under Barrack Obama’s administration, while those citations declined by 22% under Donald Trump’s administration.

According to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programme, misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes declined from 24% in 2021 to 14.3% in 2019 although this decline is not necessarily a positive sign. Nursing facilities may be reporting incorrect data and falsifying diagnosis, the article highlighted.

Username: Andy Slavitt

Twitter handle: @ASlavitt

Retweets: 552

Likes: 824

5. Larry Levitt’s tweet on Joe Biden’s expanded Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Larry Levitt, an executive vice president at Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organisation, shared an article on Joe Biden’s health plan proposal. The influencer noted that Biden’s public option proposal has gained attention due to the extension of subsidy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to people receiving employer coverage.

Biden’s ACA proposal helps middle income, older and rural people. It also enables more than 12 million people receiving employer insurance to save money by paying lower premiums.

Username: Larry Levitt

Twitter handle: @larry_levitt

Retweets: 163

Likes: 287

6. Dena Grayson’s tweet on pandemic leading to loss in healthcare insurance

Dena Grayson, founder of MedExpert Consulting, a biotechnology consulting firm, tweeted on how the Trump administration and the government of the US ensured the removal of individual mandate from Obamacare or ACA. The move led five million people to lose their healthcare coverage before the pandemic.

The pandemic has caused millions of people to lose their jobs causing them to lose employer-based health insurance, he added.

Username: Dr. Dena Grayson

Twitter handle: @DrDenaGrayson

Retweets: 113

Likes: 202

7. Luke Oakden-Rayner’s tweet on approval of reimbursement for AI-based stroke detection software

Luke Oakden-Rayner, medical imaging research director at Royal Adelaide Hospital, shared an article on the first reimbursement to be approved for using an artificial intelligence (AI) based software called contaCT to detect stroke. The CMS approved to reimburse health care providers with up to $1,000 per use of contaCT in patients.

Developed by, the software can detect blockages on brain CT and automatically sends the report to a neuro interventionalist avoiding the need for a radiologist.

Username: Luke Oakden-Rayner

Twitter handle: @DrLukeOR

Retweets: 81

Likes: 173

8. Alex Azar’s tweet on Covid-19 testing system

Alex Azar, deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, tweeted on commercial labs delivering Covid-19 test results on time. He noted that the Trump administration has improved Covid-19 testing system since the pandemic first began.

The test results from commercial labs were returned within three days to patients or healthcare providers in 97% of the cases, he added.

Username: Secretary Alex Azar

Twitter handle: @SecAzar

Retweets: 24

Likes: 91

9. Dan Diamond’s tweet on US President Donald Trump’s healthcare policies

Dan Diamond, health policy reporter at Politico, an online news media, shared an article on US President Donald Trump singing an executive order to help healthcare providers in rural areas.

The new health policies are aimed at boosting rural healthcare and telehealth including reduction in drug prices, financial incentives for rural healthcare providers, and permanent telehealth payment policies.

Username: Dan Diamond

Twitter handle: @ddiamond

Retweets: 34

Likes: 77

10. André Picard’s tweet on investigation into Covid-19 cases in long-term care homes

André Picard, health columnist at The Globe and Mail, an online news portal, shared an article on the CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Doris Grinspun, dropping her support to the Ford government’s investigation into the rising number of Covid-19 cases in long-term care homes.

Grinspun suggested that the government should focus on increasing staffing and supply of personal protective equipment to care homes. She also noted that each home should be staffed with one nurse practitioner per 120 residents apart from a nurse specialising in infection control.

Username: André Picard

Twitter handle: @picardonhealth

Retweets: 64

Likes: 74