By Tamara StClaire, chief innovation officer of Commercial Healthcare for Xerox

Great shifts have been made in healthcare to move to a more personalized, meaningful model of care. But much work still needs to be done to fully engage patients in their own health.

I joined Dr. Eric Topol, MD, Director of Scripps Translational Science Institute, Geeta Nayyar, MD MBA, Chief Healthcare Advisor for Femwell and Jennifer Dennard, Digital Diva/Reporter for HIStalk, a healthcare IT news blog last week to discuss ways to better engage patients in healthcare. The discussion was full of eye-opening statistics and great questions submitted by the audience.

Among the most thought-provoking points were Dr. Topol’s suggestion that the patient is the most unused entity in all of healthcare and Dr. Nayyar’s pointing out that something as simple as increased eye-contact time between doctor and patient could lead to improved health outcomes.

Check out the recorded version of the discussion and some highlights tweeted with #HealthITExperts in the video and Storify below.

As the healthcare industry shifts towards patient-centric care, patient engagement is more crucial than ever before. On February 17, a panel of health IT experts explored how providers can overcome challenges and enable their patients to be active participants in their own care. Here’s are some of the tweets that people shared during the hangout.

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