The number of available wearable computing devices that attach to some part of users' bodies and track health and fitness data seemingly increases by the day. The abundance of healthcare wearables is the result of consumers' enthusiasm for them. But are healthcare wearables and the data captured by them viable in a medical setting? That is one of the questions SearchHealthIT staff members, David Chou, chief information officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and interested Twitter followers will explore in our upcoming Twitter chat. If you have an insight into how data recorded by wearable health technology can be transferred to physicians or medical systems and become a regular part of patient care, please join us and share your thoughts on Twitter on Thursday, August 27 at 12 p.m. EST. In the meantime, follow @dchou1107 on Twitter to get David Chou's expert opinion on health IT issues.
In healthcare, as in other industries, cost is a major factor in most business decisions. Is the price of purchasing and integrating wearable technology what's stopping healthcare organizations from assigning devices to patients that could benefit from remote monitoring? Should patients, as consumers are now, be the ones responsible for buying and using healthcare wearables to supplement the care they receive from their caregivers? All opinions on these matters are welcome and should be tweeted with the hashtag #chatHIT on August 27. If you're still learning about healthcare wearables and wondering what puts something in that category, our Twitter conversation should help answer that question, too.
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 12 p.m. EST
Hashtag: Use and follow #chatHIT
How it works
Whether this is your first Twitter chat or not, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
- To keep up with the chat as it happens, type "#chatHIT" into Twitter's search bar. From this page, select "Live." The most recent tweets appear at the top of this feed.
- Identify yourself in your first #chatHIT tweet with your name, job title and organization.
- Use the hashtag, #chatHIT, in every tweet. This allows other chat participants to view your comments.
- @SearchHealthIT will pose questions about wearable health technology beginning at 12 p.m. EST -- Q1, Q2, etc. Please begin your responses to each question with A1 -- Answer 1 -- A2 and so on, depending on the question you're answering. Don't forget to include "#chatHIT."
- Considering Twitter allows only 140 characters per tweet, you are free to submit more than one response to each question.
- Throughout the chat, retweet (RT) and favorite tweets you agree with and respond to those you disagree with.
Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns, before or during the chat, to our editors.
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