#Engage4Health Twitter Chat: A #HIMSS17 Primer

Thursday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CT with Dr. Geeta Nayyar & Dr. Nick van Terheyden

By Michael Gaspar, Program Manager, Social Media, HIMSS Media

Consumer and patient engagement is not an afterthought for the HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors. 

Join Dr. Nayyar and Dr. van Terheyden for a consumer/patient engagement-focused Twitter chat exploring trends, opportunities and challenges the industry faces - in preparation for HIMSS17. 

Hashtag: #Engage4Health
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time:12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT
Hosts/Moderators: @gnayyar & @drnic1

Mark your calendar now! 


  • Q1 Is Patient Engagement JUST a buzzword or are there demonstrable use cases and data in the industry now? #Engage4Health
  • Q2 What can health IT do to better engage physicians & propel value-based care to success? #Engage4Health
  • Q3 Is Patient Engagement the right term? What about physician, family engagement or patient empowerment? #Engage4Health
  • Q4 How can health IT make the consumer-centric revolution happen in health(care)? #Engage4Health
  • Q5 What health IT solutions are you most optimistic about at #HIMSS17? #Engage4Health

As we prepare for the#Engage4Health chat and HIMSS17, what are other Social Media Ambassadors saying on the topic? 

In a recent industry perspective, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn thoughtfully pieces together the opportunities and challenges that we face in advancing consumer and patient engagement: 

As the annual HIMSS17 conference approaches, there are several uncertainties shaping U.S. health care and, ultimately, the health IT market: a new Administration with unclear healthcare and health-tech objectives; changing provider payment regimes; a shifting employer-sponsored plan environment; and, growing discontent among clinicians, among other driving forces.

Against these uncertainties, there’s one certainty with which the health IT community must deal: the patient as an increasingly cost-conscious, demanding and empowered health consumer. In fact, consumers’ challenges with the healthcare system create opportunities for health IT companies. If health-tech companies understand, appreciate and respect patients-as-consumers, they can conceive, design, and grow products and services that help drive individual and population health, inspire positive retail-style experiences, and boost healthcare providers’ business models.

Linda Stosky champions the frustrations that people face when it comes to connecting to health and healthcare via access to their health information: 

At the center of the struggle is the patient-provider relationship. While many patients are still struggling to have meaningful conversations with their care providers, physicians have a continuous struggle with regulatory compliance, leaving little time to coordinate patient information OUTSIDE of the four walls of a facility. Time demands continue to soar, making it difficult to connect the dots. Digital mastery is hard, coupled with time crunches which seem to be getting shorter and shorter. We can binge watch “streamed” television shows on any platform, connect with others on Skype, Firetalk, Snap Chat and send secure PDF’s anywhere, so what will it take for healthcare to catch up with other industries?

Patient information cannot be shared in a system where collaboration is siloed. Health Information Exchanges (HIE) have failed in their ability to provide a sustainable financial model, housing regional stores of siloed data that is unused, not current and cannot be shared across geographical barriers. Patient matching errors are different for every care setting, making it much more difficult to push out information that it is to receive it.

Mandi Bishop talks candidly about the implications health IT solutions can have on familes working through a major health event: 

While the HIMSS exhibit floor will buzz with the latest and greatest examples of the “art of the possible,” I sincerely hope that someone, somewhere, reads this and comes up with simple, unsexy-but-impactful solutions to the fundamental problems that still plague our industry – solutions that would make times like this just a little bit better for people like my friend.

What are your thoughts on the topic? Bring your experience to the #Engage4Health Twitter chat and to HIMSS17. 


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