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#ChatHIT: Wearable technology in healthcare held back by cost

In this #ChatHIT recap, participants discuss definitions of wearable technology in healthcare and what affects its adoption in clinical settings.

Many providers are using, piloting or evaluating wearable technology in healthcare for wellness programs or population health applications -- particularly for monitoring patients with chronic conditions.

But, beyond the debate of the usefulness of wearable-produced data, the cost of the devices appears to still be an issue for healthcare systems and physician practices.

In this tweet chat hosted by SearchHealthIT and moderated by David Chou, M.D., CIO at University of Mississippi Medical Center, health IT thought leaders and SearchHealthIT staffers held a dialogue about wearable devices.

So, a certain consensus emerged from this chat. While we may not understand the exact role of wearable technology in healthcare, or whether its cost is scalable, we know one thing for certain: Wellness devices are pervasive and are already a part of health IT and healthcare.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Shaun Sutner, news and features writeror contact @SSutner on Twitter.

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Back in July, #ChatHIT Twitter folk joined the SearchHealthIT team to discuss the scalability of IoT in healthcare and how the IoT can improve the patient experience.

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