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Wearable devices in healthcare: Success dependent upon patient engagement

As wearables enable patients to become more proactive with their health, the use of such devices in healthcare becomes more relevant, according to #ChatHIT.

Wearables are becoming increasingly, medically relevant and important to patient care, health IT professionals agreed during SearchHealthIT's #chatHIT tweet chat last week. The value of wearable devices in healthcare stems from -- and is being driven by -- several factors, including patients becoming more proactive with their health, wearables becoming more affordable, and doctors beginning to get on board, as well as play a role in the adoption and use of wearables.

Joining the SearchHealthIT team in the discussion of wearable devices in healthcare was digital expert David Chou, CIO at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Scroll through our Storify recap below to see who else chimed in during last week's #ChatHIT.

Let us know what you think about the story and the use of wearable devices in healthcare; email Kristen Lee, news writer, or find her on Twitter @Kristen_Lee_34. Read the full conversation by searching #ChatHIT in Twitter's search bar.

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Last month, #ChatHIT participants discussed the secret to scaling IoT in healthcare and how the Internet of Things is improves the patient experience.



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