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Our #chatHIT on Twitter on Thursday, July 23 at 3 p.m. EST, will assess and question the development of the healthcare Internet of Things.

The healthcare Internet of Things is an advancing concept that some healthcare providers are closer to defining and applying than others. How much Internet of Things applications can be scaled to suit the needs of smaller healthcare providers is one of the topics SearchHealthIT staff, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., and #chatHIT participants will cover during the coming Twitter chat.

During the chat, we will also explore the development of patient-facing applications within the healthcare Internet of Things -- which include hospital real-time location systems to track patients, wearable health devices and smart beds that monitor patients' vital signs and activity. As is often the case with new technologies entering the health IT arena, there are concerns around the security of the healthcare Internet of Things. Should providers be worried? Or, are those that are thinking about venturing into the Internet of Things so technologically advanced that they'll be guarded from any possible weaknesses? This question, and how the Internet of Things can be used to meet a healthcare organization's IT goals, are two matters that could benefit from readers' input during our #chatHIT on Thursday, July 23 at 3 p.m. EST.

Shrestha will join us during this healthcare Internet of Things chat to contribute his expert opinion based on his experience as chief innovation officer at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Read his thoughts on Twitter about the Internet of Things in healthcare and other health IT subjects @RasuShrestha.

Details

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time: 3 p.m. EST

Host: @SearchHealthIT

Hashtag: Use and follow #chatHIT

How it works

Whether this is your first or 100th Twitter chat, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • To follow the discussion in real time, type "#chatHIT" into Twitter's search bar. From this page, select "Live." The most recent tweets appear at the top of this feed.
  • Use the Twitter discussion hashtag, #chatHIT, in every tweet. This ensures others in the discussion can see your comments.
  • Introduce yourself in your first #chatHIT tweet. Include your name, title and organization.
  • @SearchHealthIT will ask a series of questions related to IoT in healthcare starting at 3 p.m. EST -- Q1, Q2, etc. In your tweeted responses to each question, please begin with A1 -- Answer 1 -- A2 and so on. Then, remember to include "#chatHIT."
  • Remember that Twitter allows only 140 characters per tweet. You are welcome to tweet multiple responses to each question.
  • Throughout the Twitter discussion, retweet (RT) and favorite tweets you concur with and reply to those you disagree with.

Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns to our editors. "See" you on Twitter.

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