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Patient engagement in healthcare a key to value-based reimbursement
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2017, Vol. 5 No. 2
Within the federal government's meaningful use requirements, patient engagement in healthcare focused on patient access -- via portals -- to health data collected and stored by providers. But a newer incarnation of the concept comes when patients take a bigger role in their treatment, such as generating their own health data and transmitting it to clinicians -- allowing caregivers to better coordinate care and therefore lower costs and improve outcomes. "Patient engagement is really central to getting care coordination right," said Brian Eastwood, patient engagement analyst for health IT research and consulting firm Chilmark Research. "At its core, it's keeping an eye on chronic patients in between the appointments they might have with the health system. The idea there is that they're given goals at these appointments and have care plan tasks to do. They're now starting to understand the condition they have and work toward doing those things a little bit more." Patient engagement in healthcare tasks might include the following: ...
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Patients are acting more like consumers and therefore have higher expectations of their healthcare providers. New technologies are needed to truly engage them.
With the advent of value-based care, patient engagement is becoming increasingly important to keep patients as long-term customers and get them involved in their own treatment.
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Perhaps it's been overstated that healthcare trails other industries when it comes to adopting software, but patient engagement offers a worthy way for hospitals to catch up.
Patient engagement tools, such as virtual assistants and health apps, can help healthcare providers improve the physician-patient relationship and improve outcomes.