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August 22, 2017

Healthcare Tech Terms: What is Patient Engagement?

Patient engagement in Healthcare

What is Patient Engagement?

Positive Patient Engagement is where providers and patients work together to improve health. A good back-and-forth between patients and their providers allows for improved outcomes, and can be greatly facilitated by new health technologies such as telemedicine.

In general, patients already wish to be engaged in their treatment decision-making process, and those who are engaged as decision-makers in their care tend to be healthier and have better outcomes as a result.

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Strategies for increased Patient Engagement

There are a number of ways that providers can work to improve patient engagement - some via new technologies, some not. Just a few samples are below:

  • Open Access Electronic Health Records for Patients
  • Engaging with clients over Social Media
  • Online Chat forums for patients to use for instant advice
  • Email communications and e-check ups from doctors

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