Virtual Care – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 3/1 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Brittany Partridge (@bspartridgecis) on the topic of “Virtual Care”.

There has been a lot of hype and money thrown at Virtual Care across the Health Care landscape lately. Everyone from Hospital Systems to Private Companies have been bringing Digital Clinics, Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring solutions to market at an urgent rate.

As someone who is surrounded by this work every day I am very excited about the potential technology has to provide increased access to patient care. However, having implemented many of these solutions across the nation I also recognize that we still have a way to go to overcome some of the process and technology barriers.

Some Definitions (I don’t want to assume that everyone knows what these terms are and so we’re using the same terminology in the chat):

Virtual Care: Umbrella Term that encompasses the many ways that healthcare providers engage with their patients without being in the same location.

Telemedicine: two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. This electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment. (

Remote patient monitoring (RPM): the use of connected electronic tools to record personal health and medical data in one location for review by a provider in another location, usually at a different time. (

Distant or Hub site: Site at which the physician or other licensed practitioner delivering the service is located at the time the service is provided via telecommunications system.

Originating or Spoke site: Location of patient at the time the service being furnished via a telecommunications system occurs.
Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’re talking Virtual Care!

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What is the most innovative use of Virtual Care you have seen? What made it “the best” (barrier it overcame for a patient? Technology Design)?

T2: One of the challenges of Virtual Care is not only disparate systems but disparate processes (licensing/billing/legislation/reimbursement) across states? What changes do you feel would make the biggest impact to a more cohesive world of virtual care?

T3: Some patients are very skeptical of virtual care, others embrace it excitedly. What are some of the concerns you have heard? What can we as a Health IT industry do better to communicate, educate and engage patients in this space?

T4: What is the biggest “pie in the sky” hype you have heard around virtual care? Do you think these projections will come true?

T5: Have you personally had any experiences using virtual care, either as a provider or a patient (Telemedicine, Digital Clinics, Remote Patient Monitoring)? What did you absolutely love or hate about it?

Bonus: If you had to choose virtual care or in person care, which would you pick and why?

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
3/8 – Information Blocking in Healthcare
Hosted by Colin Hung (@colin_hung)

3/15 – TBD
Hosted by Irma Rastegayeva (@IrmaRaste)

3/22 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

3/29 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

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.