Logic, Trust and Anti-Vax Communities – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/7 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jennifer Michelle, MPH, EMT (@MMSJennifer) on the topic of “Logic, Trust and Anti-Vax Communities”.

A continual thorn in the side of healthcare is the popularity of alternative medicine that’s not evidence based, particularly as represented by the anti-vax community.

According to Grand View Research, “the global complementary and alternative medicine market size was valued at USD 59.76 billion in 2018.”1 Paul Offit, MD, who co-invented the rotavirus vaccine says, “about 50% of Americans use alternative medicine, and 10% use it on their children.”

The underlying theme of these alternative therapies is a distrust in our healthcare system. How has our emphasis on fee-for-service and cranking out as many patient appointments in an hour as possible contributed to this lack of trust? What are the implications of value-based care in healing this rift?

The medical response so far has been to counterpunch with facts and evidence. Yet people rarely change beliefs based on logic. It is emotional connection that makes the difference – something providers have very little time to provide.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss alternative medicines and

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: Why do you think so many people distrust the healthcare system, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence? #HITsm

T2: How do technology and social media influence our trust in healthcare? #HITsm

T3: How does our cultural discomfort with illness, death and uncertainty affect the way we practice medicine and deliver healthcare? #HITsm

T4: What do you think alternative medicine and wellness communities offer that our healthcare system doesn’t? What can we learn from them that could improve the way we deliver healthcare? #HITsm

T5: How can we make social media better at amplifying evidence-based health information? #HITsm

Bonus: Do you think value-based care will be sufficient to address these issues? Do you think it will help people build trust in the healthcare system? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
2/14 – Price Transparency – What Does It Really Look Like?
Hosted by Edward Bukstel (@ebukstel)

2/21 – Usability in Health IT
Hosted by Bennett Lauber (@uuAbility)

2/28 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

3/6 – TBD
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3/13 – No Chat, but Enjoy #HIMSS20

3/20 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

3/27 – #UnblockHealth
Hosted by Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano)

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.