Wearable and Health Tech for Consumers – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/17 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Kevin Kunzmann (@NotADoctorKevin) and Samara Rosenfeld (@RosenfeldSamara) of @MDMagazine on the topic of “Wearable and Health Tech for Consumers”.

Note: This #HITsm chat is a crossover chat with the #DocTalk chat. So, join the #DocTalk chat tonight at 6 PM ET (3 PM PT) and then join us for the regular #HITsm chat on Friday.

Has any new product more indirectly impacted the field of healthcare than wearable devices in this last decade? If the rate of sales for Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, and Garmin smartwatches was any similar in 2019 to those reported in the two years prior, there are now well more than 100,000,000 smartwatch device owners in the world. In fact, the total count may be closer to one billion globally today. And already, with the simplest of capabilities in tracking patient’s vitals and other physical traits, the data has come to influence major research fields including cardiology and pulmonology, and offers physicians another tool to bolster their telemedicine offerings.

What wearable tech means for healthcare is tremendous opportunity to bridge caregivers to patients previously out of reach, to collect masses of clinical data, and to reform the state and capabilities of ongoing research. But it also presents an entirely new series of questions surrounding data privacy, purpose, and obligation. When science benefits the consumers, what is owed back to it?

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll be discussing wearables and health tech for consumers.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: Have concerns in user privacy influenced the wearable device market? #HITsm

T2: Should people feel an obligation to participate in new, major wearable data-based clinical trials, if they own such devices? Why or why not? #HITsm

T3: Do consumers have a responsibility to research the features and implications of wearable devices when making a purchase? Or do companies need to be more transparent? #HITsm

T4: How could the application of clinical assessment influence the development of new consumer technology? #HITsm

T5: What do people want to see in wearable technology that doesn’t already exist? #HITsm

Bonus: How many wearables do you have? And how many of them do you use regularly? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
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1/31 – TBD
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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 the 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.


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