The Power Of Conversations Between Physicians And Patients

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People always ask me how I got started with my work in physician-patient communications.  Like so many people, I had a story that I felt needed to be told.  Much of my inspiration over the course of the last five years of writing Mind the Gap have come from my wife and my journey as […]

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 […]

Satisfaction With Provider Communication In Recent Study Is Lower In Patient Center-Medical Homes (PCMH) Than Non-PCMH

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A recent blog headline on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) recently caught my attention.  It was entitled Patient Satisfaction With Medical Home Quality High.  I was intrigued.  I asked myself high compared to what?  Non-PCMH practices? The study, which appeared in the November-December 2013 Annals of Family Medicine, asked 4,500 patients (2009 Health Center […]

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. […]

Shared Decision Making – Not Ready For Prime Time – Nor Evidently Is Patient-Centered Care

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When it comes to delivering truly patient-centered care…how are providers supposed to know when they have “arrived”?   According to Michael Berry, MD, President of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, providers will know they have achieved the “pinnacle of patient-centered care” when they routinely engage their patients in shared decision-making (SDM). In theory, shared decision-making (aka […]

3 First Principles For Evaluating Patient-Facing HIT Solutions

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With the HIMSS13 Conference next week we can expect to hear a lot about how health information technology (HIT) and e-Health is expected to challenge and change the way health care now and in years to come.  To be sure great strides have been made in the adoption of electronic medical records, decision support, and […]

The 10 Commandments of Patient Engagement

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As a patient, care giver, researcher and a human being, here ‘s my “take” on what physicians and hospitals, and all the entities that work with them like health plans, ACOs , etc. need to do to effectively increase patient engagement in 2013 and beyond. Act like you are glad to see them (patients) and […]