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SaneIT
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6/24/2014 | 7:26:58 AM
Re: Getting everyone involved
I agree with you somewhat but I look at it this way.  Even if a patient doesn't understand the information it does open up lines of communication and gives them a prompt for conversation with medical staff.  Even if you don't know what all the words mean it is important to know what is happening even if it is just for being able to explain it to another doctor later.  I know several people who have told me that they were diagnosed with a condition and when we got deeper into the conversation I realized that it wasn't what they were diagnosed with.  They were mixing up terms that sounded similar.  In day to day life it probably wouldn't do much damage aside from arguments about the definition of their condition.  The problem arises when they have an emergency and give medical personnel bad information.  I'm not saying the system is perfect and that it will educate everyone but I think it is better than what I have seen in the past in terms of spreading good information to patients.
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6/24/2014 | 3:58:18 AM
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"the only downside is that hospitals will have to spend time, passing on a clear message to the patients that it's an invite for collaboration -- not an invite to practice medicine during their stay"

@Brian: I don't think it will take a lot to bring about a change in the behavior of patients where they'd want to collaborate with the doctors and the hospital staff. I do agree that they might feel that they're more empowered and can take decisions on their own given that they have so much informtation, but you're right that has to be curtailed.
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6/24/2014 | 2:19:51 AM
Re: Getting everyone involved
"  Putting this kind of information in front of a patient means that the experience will go more smoothly and they will leave with a better understanding of what was done while they were admitted."

@SaneIT: I agree that transparency about what's going on with the treatment might be a very useful feature for the patients but there might another side to it. Some patients might not fully understand the information they recive and might interpret it in their own ways. Some might even get scared of it. I think it's essential to ensure that only the information that's easy to understand and will not scare the patients away should be displayed.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/23/2014 | 7:41:35 AM
Getting everyone involved
I can see some benefits of a patient knowing what is going on even without being a health care professional.  Not many people enjoy being in a hospital and just being there tends to stress people out.  Giving them more information but not overwhelming them means that when they leave that they will be more likely to stay engaged and be aware of their health.  So many times when you visit someone in a hospital you hear that the patient is waiting on something or other and they really aren't sure what they are waiting on.  Putting this kind of information in front of a patient means that the experience will go more smoothly and they will leave with a better understanding of what was done while they were admitted.
Ariella
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6/22/2014 | 2:24:58 PM
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The results speak for themselves with all the saved time, faster responses, and  the hospital's heart failure readmission rates drop of nealry 50%. 
Brian.Dean
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6/21/2014 | 6:43:08 AM
360 Degree Healthcare
If the patient is involved in their treatment, then it makes the entire process efficient. The patient knows what the healthcare physician is trying to accomplish, the means by which they hope to accomplish the treatment and the active participation level that will be required by the patient to help the physician accomplish these goals, as quickly as possible. The patient's morale will also be boosted, because during in-house hospital recovery, they would gain a sense of learning something new.

Overall, it a collaborative system, the only downside is that hospitals will have to spend time, passing on a clear message to the patients that it's an invite for collaboration -- not an invite to practice medicine during their stay.   
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