Quality health care blogs have been springing up all over the place lately. Reading this post by a fellow Chris Locke fan (we're both old subscribers to his email called Entropy Gradient Reversal), it was clearly time to take account of developments in the blogosphere.

First off, the 2005 Medical Blog Awards at MedGadget were handed out this week. Congrats to the winners, especially Random Acts of Reality, who took two categories (Best Medical and Best Literary Medical Blog) and HIStalk in the Best Medical Technology/Informatics category.

Next are some new blogs. First up is the blog EMR and HIPAA where John keeps up with all things EMRish. Next we have a very specialized blog Lab Soft News dealing with clinical lab automation. Finally, we have the HIT Transition blog - this is another hard core HIT blog that looks at claims, coding and health care delivery. You'll see all of them on my Blogroll soon.

Finally we have the brain child of Shahid Shah, The Healthcare IT Guy, the HITSphere. This site is an aggregator that takes the RSS feeds from those funny little orange buttons you see from time to time and presents you with headlines from over 20 medical blogs, all on one page.

Oh, and one last thing. A bunch of us bloggers are getting together informally (that means you pay for your own food and drinks) during HIMSS. This unsanctioned event will be held February 12, Sunday evening, starting at 8:30pm. The location is still TBD - I've gotten a couple good suggestions, send me yours.