In last week’s #HITsm chat, a key topic was discussed regarding public awareness of healthcare IT initiatives. It was emphasized throughout the conversation that if the public was aware of the initiatives taking place in health care and health IT, their expectation would be instrumental in driving the interoperability initiatives in health care.
A major set back to public awareness, though, is that many health IT projects include jargon and complex systems that only emphasize the disconnect between health IT professional understanding and the public understanding.
Out of the conversation, #HITsm was assigned its first ever homework assignment to tell one unaware e-patient about a health IT initiative. Therefore, in the spirit of Valentine’s day, feel free to invite a friend (patient, provider or professional) to join the chat so they can ask questions, learn and provide an additional voice to the #HITsm community.
This will also be the last moderated #HITsm chat before the HIMSS conference. (There will not be a moderated #HITsm chat on Monday, February, 21, 2011.)
If you have any question suggestions, feel free to reply directly to @HealthStandards on Twitter or comment directly to this post.