Qualitative Value in a Quantitative World: The Future of Healthcare and Wellbeing – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/3 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Erica Johansen (@thegr8chalupa) on the topic of “Qualitative Value in a Quantitative World: The Future of Healthcare and Wellbeing”.

There is mounting evidence that our daily human experience – including all the typical stressors of daily modern life – has a profound impact on our health outcomes as individuals and as communities.

How do we arrange our day-to-day activities? What do we do for work? What role does technology play in helping us organize our day? How do we feel valued, as individuals, in a society increasingly inspired and motivated by technology?

The implications of these questions are true for us as individuals (and patients) as well as healthcare professionals, in any capacity. Technology, in its current state, has thrived on delivering value in quantitative, or 1s and 0s, circumstances resulting in quantitative technology being an instrumental tool to measure productivity and efficiency.

As an example:

  • How many patients were seen in x amount of time?
  • How efficient is the care team delivering a service?
  • How much relevant information can be available to a physician while delivering care?

As technology continues to evolve and change the landscape of our daily lives alongside the healthcare delivery experience, we must not lose sight of the practice of care for human wellbeing and the value of qualitative information. After all, quality is not synonymous with efficiency and productivity, although those things do play an important part.

This week’s #HITsm chat will delve into some big questions about how the future of healthcare experience (as a professional and a patient) can respond to value in different forms – both quantitative as well as qualitative. Discussion questions will include the following:

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: How can technology authentically capture qualitative value? #HITsm

T2: How can health IT professionals incorporate qualitative value into existing IT initiatives? #HITsm

T3: How might future care models incorporate qualitative outcomes? #HITsm

T4: In what ways can qualitative value be measured for individuals? And for communities? #HITsm

T5: How can healthcare professionals successfully advocate the value of qualitative data to leadership? #HITsm

BONUS: Are you more of a qualitative or a quantitative person? Why do you think so? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
5/10 – Five-Star Healthcare Ratings Programs
Hosted by Tom Martin (@CarePortHealth)

5/17 – Awareness and Social Media Fundamentals for Patient Communities
Hosted by Amanda (@LALupusLady)

5/24 – TBD
Hosted by Sean Erreger, LCSW (@StuckonSW)

5/31 – Real-Time Messaging and Collaboration Tools Inside a Care Setting
Hosted by Greg Meyer (@Greg_Meyer93)

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.