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March 2017, Vol. 5 No. 2

Patient engagement in healthcare a key to value-based reimbursement

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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