New Non-Profit Social Media Digital Technologies Research Institute Studies Using Digital Tools To Positively Impact Patient and Population Health.

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Changing Healthcare with Advancing Technologies Research Institute (CHATR) is a new non--profit research and information program that studies the effectiveness of digital technologies and social media tools that can be used for "best practices" with positively changing patient and population outcomes. Social media and new digital technologies can help healthcare providers to exceed the Meaningful Use pay-for-performance standards.

Family practice physician, Yvonne R. Lawson, M.D., AAFP, and her husband, California State University, Long Beach Executive Faculty member, Gary W. Lawson, Ph.D., DPA, started a new non-profit organization, Changing Healthcare with Advancing Technologies Research Institute (CHATR), that studies the impact of social media and advancing technologies on improving patient outcomes.

Dr. Yvonne Lawson said, "New digital technologies offer limitless opportunities to positively impact healthcare outcomes. CHATR does research on how to effectively use social media and advancing digital technologies to incorporate into a 'best practices healthcare strategy'."

CHATR will be a source for trusted, objective, accurate and proven digital health impact information for healthcare providers, public health professionals and patients. CHATR will prepare healthcare stakeholders for what is coming next in digital health with the CHATR blog and CHATR Digital News YouTube Channel.

CHATR provides information and training to help healthcare professionals to become more digitally literate, including but not limited to research, training and curriculum development. CHATR objectively reviews, researches, and compares digital technologies to help healthcare professionals to make better, more informed, "best practices" decisions.

CHATR objectively reviews, researches, and provides information on Gamification Based Wellness including wearable gadgets, online services and mobile health solutions that can lead to better healthcare outcomes. CHATR uses crowd sourced information and objective research methodologies to help find apps that can be included in a healthcare "best practices" strategy.

With so many digital changes and opportunities, healthcare providers need objective, proven, evidenced-based information to help them make the best choices in an unending, turbulent sea of possibilities. CHATR is the healthcare practitioner's "best practices" information partner. For more information call toll free (844) 442-4287 or visit our website at

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