First EMR and HIPAA Facebook Chat

Posted on May 23, 2012 I Written By

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I’m excited to tell you about the first ever EMR and HIPAA Facebook chat on Tuesday May 29th at 9:00 AM PST (Noon EST). I’ll be using this new software I’ve found called Evinar that provides a really interesting experience for users to interact and share media. In many ways, I see a chat using Evinar much like a Twitter chat, but without a lot of the limitations of a Twitter chat.

As most of you know, I’m a regular participant in the #HITsm twitter chats. I enjoy them thoroughly, but do find that it has its limitations as well. Due to the nature of Twitter, I find some of the conversations don’t go nearly as deep as I would like them to go. They stay very high level as opposed to really digging into a topic and exploring the detailed nuances. I think the Evinar platform will provide a better experience that allows those participating to really discuss in depth the topics at hand.

Plus, Evinar turned me on to the idea of a shared media experience as part of the chat. It’s one of those things that you don’t know you’re missing until you have it. If you join the chat (and I hope you will), then you’ll see this shared experience is better in a number of ways.

First, in a Twitter chat it’s often hard to know which topic is being discussed at any given time. I usually open the post that lists the topics, but that only works for a veteran of the chat. This won’t be a problem with Evinar since the topics will be nicely displayed.

Second, Evinar allows participants in the chat to be able to see image, videos, slides, or even a live streaming video all at the same time. This really adds to the experience of the chat. If a discussion mentions a video, then we can push that video out to the users. If a picture supports the discussion, we can display that picture for everyone to see and discuss. We could even take the slides from an ONC meeting for example and discuss the slides.

Hopefully I’ve convinced many of you to join the chat. At the end of the day, the real key to any chat is having a bunch of really smart people there sharing their knowledge with each other. Together we can learn a lot from each other.

All you have to do join is visit the EMR and HIPAA Chat Facebook page on Tuesday May 29th at 9:00 AM PST (Noon EST). There’s also a Facebook event for it if you’d like to RSVP there and connect with others planning to attend, but that’s not required. Also, I’m sure some of you aren’t on Facebook or don’t like that you have to be on Facebook to participate. I too hate the idea of “everyone’s on Facebook”, but I don’t know of any better options. We’ll give this a try and see what people think. If you know of better options that offer similar features, I’m interested.

As for chat topics, I have a number in mind but I’d certainly welcome any topic suggestions from you as well. Remember that the topics can also include videos, images, or presentations.