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Patient Engagement

Mobile apps and Patient Engagement

By | Blog, Data, Digital Health, Medical, Mobile applications, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | One Comment

In medical education, it is often taught that clinical reasoning and judgment should support any orders for diagnostic tests to be completed. That is, the key question to ask when placing an order is: What do you plan to do with the test result? If you can’t come up with an answer, then reconsider ordering the test. If we think back to grade school science class, this is like a small-scale application of the scientific method in every clinical scenario: make observations, develop hypotheses, collect data, see how the results compare to the hypotheses, then refine and repeat as needed….

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My Perspective on Why Patient Engagement is Critical for Better Health Outcomes

By | Blog, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement | 6 Comments

Most physicians can recall a certain patient who defines why they chose to pursue medicine. For me, that patient is Mrs. Jones*. Mrs. Jones had struggled with multiple conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity for many years. As her primary care physician, I sensed her feelings of hopelessness and helplessness – of being out of control. One day, we had a frank conversation about her weight and how it was affecting her overall health. Something clicked within Mrs. Jones that day. She transformed into the model patient, making vital changes to her lifestyle. She began working with a…

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How to Navigate the Health System: A Patient Perspective

By | Blog, Cancer Survivor, Health, Health Outcomes, Hospitals, Medical, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | No Comments

I’ve had to learn how to navigate the healthcare system over the last few years.  If you read my last blog post, I am a cancer survivor!  I’ve been through some ups and downs, some highs and some lows, but here I am.  Through my journey, I learned some ways to succeed in my health outcomes and I want to share them with you in hopes that my experiences and insights can help shed light for others out there who are also trying to navigate the healthcare system: 1.Take charge of your own health This is a must!  In order…

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