The Role of Specialty Specific Telehealth – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/22 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Melissa Alvares, VP Marketing (@swiftmedical) from Swift Medical on the topic of “The Role of Specialty Specific Telehealth“.

Telehealth went almost overnight from being a “nice to have” to a “need to have” for many healthcare providers. As keeping patients safe at home became a number one priority, visiting virtually has been the preferred way to ensure patients still have access to the care they need. This not only keeps patients safe but also ensures the safety of health providers which is proving exceptionally important given wide-scale shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).

A few specialties are particularly well suited to a virtual care environment such as pediatrics, mental health, pain management, urgent care, and OB/GYN. However, there are others that require a high level of accurate, clinical data that isn’t easily collected through video or audio on its own. That’s where specialty-specific telehealth platforms come into play – they combine the standard video/audio component of telehealth with specialized clinical data collection and records that are needed to make an accurate assessment and recommendation to the patient.

Given the rapid adoption of telehealth, we wanted to do a series of #HITsm Twitter chats that looks at many of the nuances related to telehealth so that we can start to better understand what telehealth platforms are standing out and what features help to improve a telehealth implementation.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll be discussing the role of specialty telehealth

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: Which medical specialties are slow to adopt Telehealth? Why? #HITsm

T2: What limitations have started to emerge when using standard video/audio Telehealth platforms? Which medical specialties have experienced these limitations? #HITsm

T3: What specialized telehealth features would you like to see that you haven’t seen in a telehealth platform yet? #HITsm

T4: How do you balance the need for specialty-specific features with the need for a seamless workflow and not juggling multiple solutions? #HITsm

T5: Which specialized telehealth companies are doing the best at integrating with the EHRs and simplifying the clinician and patient experience? Why? And how are they integrating? #HITsm

Bonus: What factors will dictate whether a specialty-specific telehealth solution will succeed? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
5/29 – Establishing Trust – How Do I Know and Trust You?
Hosted by DirectTrust (@DirectTrustorg)

6/5 – Ambulatory Telehealth Nuances
Hosted by Amanda Hansen (@AmandaSHansen) from @AdvancedMD

6/12 – Remote Patient Monitoring
Hosted by Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia) and Ashley Dauwer (@amariedauwer) from @CariumCares

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.

About the author

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.