re: How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement
Thank you for the interesting article.
Certainly a rise in consumer engagement in the health care process will improve outcomes and results. With internet banking, the natural progression from checking account balances was to consumers making transactions and self-managing their finances. This step is also natural in engaging the health consumer. Giving consumers the power and tools to control what information they share and with whom will also provide greater confidence in the system, and increase engagement. Going one step further, the consumer should be empowered to play an active role in the management of their care GÇô they need to GÇ£ownGÇ¥ their care.
However, to be empowered in this way, the consumer must be able to understand and effectively utilize the shared information. Therefore, the health consumer must be provided with access to personalized and relevant information about health conditions and treatments. It is not sufficient to say that GÇ£the information is out thereGÇ¥ GÇô one can Google everything and learn northing.
Ultimately, the empowerment of the consumer to actively participate in collaborative care will lead to an improved and more effective health care system.