Challenges and Triumphs of the Independent Practice – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 7/12 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Amanda Hansen from @AdvancedMD on the topic “Challenges and Triumphs of the Independent Practice”.

A major shift is slowly but surely taking place in healthcare, creating both challenges and opportunities. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers as high-deductible plans leave them responsible for larger bill portions. Google reviews make it easy to check out physician ratings before making appointments, and wearables generate real-time patient data that could be used for chronic disease and lifestyle management. Likewise, value-based care reimbursement model favors outcomes yet provides few incentives for physicians to proactively manage patient lifestyles. All the while, independent physicians need to provide patient care and attend to the health of their own practice. Technology can help or hinder.

Disparate health information technologies focusing on individual tasks – scheduling, clinical and billing – require significant staff time resources and often lead to duplication of efforts and fragmented customer service. On the other hand, automating and interconnecting these processes can help physicians avoid some of the mounting costs of doing business while being responsive to the needs of patients and payers.

In this week’s #HITsm chat, we’ll discuss the challenges and triumphs of the independent medical practice. Here are the topics that will serve as the framework for the tweetchat. We hope you’ll join us.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: How have healthcare providers adapted to connect with today’s consumer-oriented patients? How do they leverage technology tools to improve engagement? #HITsm

T2: How can independent practice physicians leverage technology to achieve work-life balance and avoid burnout? #HITsm

T3: What technology is indispensable for independent physicians? #HITsm

T4: What are some best practices for physicians to manage their reputation online? #HITsm

T5: How important is it to have patients use technology to take a more proactive role in their own healthcare? #HITsm

Bonus: What are your suggestions to help independent practices continue to meet challenges to thrive and grow? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
7/19 – Innovative New Healthcare Apps
Hosted by Elena Ivanova (@lenisocial) from @Intersystems

7/26 – Helping Consumers/Patients Learn More About Healthcare IT
Hosted by Lisa Savis-Budzinski (@lisadbudzinski) and Becky Brandt (@bbhomebody)

8/2 – Check out the #EXPOhealth Hashtag – Since many in the #HITsm community will be at the conference, we won’t have an official Twitter chat, but be sure to check the #EXPOhealth hashtag for a lot of great health IT discussion.

8/9 – 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.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

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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.