What Does It Mean to Be an ePatient? – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 3/15 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Irma Rastegayeva (@IrmaRaste) on the topic of “What Does It Mean to Be an ePatient?”.

If you are reading this, you likely already know about ePatients. From the famous @ePatientDave to #pinksocks movement to recent conversations about patient-centered healthcare on conference stages and in the media. Several organizations and communities including Society for Participatory Medicine, Savvy Coop, Inspire and #HCLDR champion the importance of patients as full partners in health.

Recently, I participated in an online discussion Partnering with Patients and Caregivers to Drive Health Care Innovation, hosted by the American Medical Association. It was a week-long engaging conversation focused on ensuring patient voices are represented in design and development of digital health tools.

This week on the #HITsm Twitter chat, we want to focus on the personal stories and reflections of what being an ePatient means to each of us, considering our unique perspectives and experiences. We will ask you to share your tips and tricks, the “tools of the trade” that you use in being successful when it comes to your health & wellbeing. Or as a care provider, how do you work with ePatients, and how can they effectively partner up with you to ensure the best outcomes.

Having been an ePatient and Patient Advocate myself for more than two decades, I am looking forward to a robust conversation and a vibrant exchange of ideas!

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What does being an ePatient means to YOU? Please speak from your perspective as a patient, family/loved one, caregiver, nurse, physician or wherever else you are on the continuum of care. #HITsm

T2: What are the most useful skill(s) ePatients rely on? #HITsm

T3: What helpful tips, tricks, tools and technologies can you share? #HITsm

T4: What has your experience been as an ePatient or working with ePatients? Stories are welcome. #HITsm

T5: What role does Social Media play for ePatients? #HITsm

BONUS: Name the “e” words that “e” in ePatient can stand for. We know the original 4 – equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged, but there are so many more possibilities… go! #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
3/22 – Healthcare tech: Challenges in User Adoption & Implementation
Hosted by John Prince (@TheTechOfficer)

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 HealthcareScene.com, 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, EXPO.health, 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.

1 Comment

  • Irma, thanks for acknowledging “Doc Tom” Ferguson’s original four. I don’t know if I can be on the chat, but I think it’s important for everyone to know the genesis of the concept, especially since some upstarts have given it its own meaning.

    Tom died in 2006, before I came along. People who knew Tom have since told me his ORIGINAL original meaning (back in the 1990s) was just an online patient, “e-patient” is to “patient” as “e-mail” is to “mail.”

    In any case words change their meaning, so it will be great to explore what people are doing now!

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