The Role of HealthIT in Driving Payer-Provider-Employer Collaboration – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/9 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Heather Lavoie (@HSLavoie) from @Geneia on the topic of “The Role of HealthIT in Driving Payer-Provider-Employer Collaboration.”

2018 is shaping up to be another year of healthcare change, disruption and consolidation. In the past three months alone, more than $140 billion in healthcare deals have been announced, most notably the CVS Aetna merger. The news Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan are collaborating to simplify employee healthcare dominated industry headlines and moved the market.

In the years since ACA was enacted, there has been increasing action towards payer provider convergence. ACOs and value-based care models continue to gain traction. The early success stories showing improved costs, quality and outcomes are characterized by greater alignment and collaboration among payers and providers. More recently, employers and employer coalitions are joining these efforts to work together with their payer and provider partners to reverse decades of increasing costs and declining employee health.

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Join us for a robust discussion on the critical role of healthIT in successful payer-provider-employer collaboration and convergence.

Topics for This Week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: We’ve all seen the big announcements around collaboration and convergence such as @Aetna, @CVSHealth and @Amazon. What do you think this means for the future of healthcare? #HITsm

T2: To what degree is #healthIT an enabler and/or a barrier to the kind of collaboration envisioned by the architects of the Aetna-CVS deal? #HITsm

T3: There is increasing talk about payer provider collaboration. How do you see employers joining these efforts? #HITsm

T4: What needs to happen from a #healthIT perspective to simplify payer-provider-employer collaboration? #HITsm

T5: Who should be the driver of #healthIT efforts to connect payers, providers and employers? What role might the consumer/patient have in driving payer-provider-employer collaboration? #HITsm

Bonus: What’s the role of advanced #analytics is making payer-provider-employer collaboration easier? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
2/16 – How Connected is Your Healthcare?
Hosted by Dr. Robert Wah (@RobertWahMD) from @DXCTechnology

2/23 – #HIMSS18
Hosted by #HIMSS18 Social Media Ambassadors

3/2 – Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare
Hosted by Corinne Stroum (@healthcora)

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.