Patient Engagement From The Patient’s Perspective


I apologize for my absence over the past month.  I was side-lined with two detached retinas in December both of which required major eye surgeries and downtime.    For health care professionals, patient engagement is the holy grail of health care.  It is the key to patient adherence – a prerequisite to achieving better outcomes, […]

The Fastest Way To Disempower, De-Activate, and Disengage Any Patient


I may not know how to tell the difference between an empowered patient, an engaged patient, or an activated patient.  But I do know that fastest way to disempower, disengage, and de-activate any patient is a trip to the doctor’s office or the hospital.  A visit to an average primary care physician (or specialist) is […]

Five Myths About Empowered Patients Or E-Patients


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Irrational exuberance was a term once used to describe the stock market before the last crash.  It also seems an apt description for much of the talk these days about empowered health consumers. To be sure, patients today have unprecedented access to health information.  Patient decision-support tool can be found on just about […]

Patient Engagement Or Long Office Visit Wait Times – You Choose


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Recently I found myself sitting in a retinal surgeon’s office.  I was there as a new patient.  I wanted to get a second opinion…with the intent of switching doctors for an upcoming surgical procedure. As I was filling out my forms I would listen to established patients as they would register at the […]

Maybe We Need A National “Change Your Doctor Day”?


Come  on people…you know what I am talking about.  Sure you are comfortable with your current doctor…after all you are still alive and kicking.  Besides it has taken you years to figure out what you can safely tell your doctor and when it’s ok to speak up.  Yes the fact that your doctor is often […]

One More Reason Patients Ask Doctors So Few Questions


[tweetmeme source=”Healthmessaging” only_single=false]The most popular post on my blog is entitled Five Reasons Why People Do Not Ask Their Doctor Questions. Well it seems there is a sixth reason. The Reason? I am forever reminded of this when I see my retinal surgeon for follow-up for my surgery to fix a recently detached retina.   Every time […]

Focus on Team Care May De-rail Patient Centered Medical Home Efforts


“Team care” has become a rallying cry for those who think that the Patient Centered Medical Home is bad for health care reform.   Comments on a recent blog post in the New York Times provide a good example of this.   When patients get sick, as the argument goes, they want to see their doctor…not some […]

12 Questions Empowered Patients Should Ask When Looking For A New Physician…Are You Ready?


Conventional wisdom tells people that when looking for a new physician they need to consider things like Specialty, Board Certification, years in practice and geographic proximity.   Online services like Health Grades allow you to see compare the satisfaction scores for prospective physician candidates. But industry insiders know different.  Consider those patient satisfaction scores for physicians. […]