How Can Precision Health Enable the Delivery of Personalized, Precise Care Without Further Driving Up Healthcare Costs? – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/13 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Brian Stout (@thinkstout) from @hc1dotcom on the topic “How Can Precision Health Enable the Delivery of Personalized, Precise Care Without Further Driving Up Healthcare Costs?“.

We expect healthcare services that cater to our individual needs. All tightly squeezed into a seven-minute patient visit. Unfortunately, that’s not what we get. Healthcare instead operates in a system that operates under a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error model—one that results in missed diagnoses, protracted illnesses, and premature death while wasting $765 billion annually.  What’s worse, 128,000 people die each year in the US from taking medications as prescribed – four times the number of people killed by prescription painkillers and heroin!

We need precision health. Unfortunately, much of the data required to deliver personalized, precise care is locked away in disconnected databases, buried in clinical journals, and spread across multiple patient data silos. A promising category of solutions is emerging thanks in part to advances in machine learning, AI, and big data in healthcare. This category of Precision Health Insight Networks (PHINs) deliver the capabilities required to usher in a new era of scalable precision medicine. PHINs deliver mass personalization by aggregating previously siloed health data and transforming it into the signals that allow physicians to make care decisions that cater to each patient’s unique needs—with better results at a lower cost.

Join us for this week’s HITsm chat, as we talk about precision health.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: What does precision health mean to you and your organization? #HITsm

T2: What are the foundational needs in healthcare that must be addressed before we can improve outcomes with precision health? #HITsm

T3: What will it take for healthcare to get beyond the promise of precision health? #HITsm

T4: How is patient-centric data being used to inform decision making, improve quality and/or lower cost? #HITsm

T5: What can we do to get beyond what is best characterized as adversarial interoperability in healthcare so we can deliver the patient the right test, right prescription, right diagnosis, all at the right time? #HITsm

Bonus: What role do you believe precision health/ personalized medicine will have on our healthcare systems evolving response to COVID-19? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule

11/20 – Sustaining Accelerated Innovation & Adoption in HIT post COVID
Hosted by Kaycee Kalpin (@KayceeKalpin) from @PremierHA

11/27 – No Chat – Happy Thanksgiving!

12/4 – TBD
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12/11 – TBD
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12/18 – No Chat – Happy Holidays

12/25 – No Chat – Happy Holidays

1/1 – No Chat – Happy Holidays

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, 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.