Some Practical Advice For HIMSS 2014 Attendees…

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HIMSS14, the big conference for all things dealing with health IT, is right around the corner. It’s a great conference – wish I could attended this year. But my wife’s health keeps me close to home these days. Since I can’t be there on my soap box, I want to share here a few thoughts […]

The Myth Of Patient-Centered Care

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I can’t think of any strategic initiative in recent time with more potential to engage and active patients, improve patient health outcomes and enhance patient experiences than the call by the Institute of Medicine in Crossing the Quality Chasm for providers to become more patient-centered.  Specifically, more patient-centered in the way they communicate with patients. […]

Patient Engagement Infographic

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Check out other recent posts on the topic of Patient Engagement: Patient Engagement Is Very Important – It’s Just That No One Agrees On What It Is…Or How To Do It – Infographic Patient Engagement From The Patient’s Perspective Patient Engagement Versus Physician Engagement – Which Comes First? Patient Engagement – Here’s The Key To Success

Patient Portals – What Do Patients Really Think About Them?

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There seems to be an inverse relationship between the amount of spin one hears about “the next big thing”…and reality.    First it was EMRs and virtual e-visits, then social media, and now patient portals seem poised to be next big thing.   The drumbeat of vendors and pundits is unmistakable….physician that don’t adapt will be toast.   […]

Social media advocates now have something to cheer about… sort of

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[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Over the last year or two, lots of people have been jumping on the social media bandwagon, i.e., Twitter, Facebook, and so on. There has been a lot of talk about how social media and social networking will revolutionize health care…but little evidence to back this talk up.   Until now that is. […]

Patients Want This or That…Don’t Believe It

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[tweetmeme http://www.healthecommunications.wordpress.com]Anytime you come across a health care article that implies that every patient wants this or that, i.e., electronic access to their medical record, patient centered care, etc.,  you can safely assume that the claim is wrong. Why?  Patients are not a monolithic group – they don’t all share the same motivations, preferences, beliefs […]