By Tamara StClaire, chief innovation officer for Commercial Healthcare for Xerox
There are three major trends in healthcare innovation right now: the need for improved population health management, better individual care outcomes, and reduced costs. These objectives have become known as “the triple aim of healthcare.”
As the industry shifts toward more patient-centric care, patient engagement is a critical element to achieving these goals. Yet for many providers in 2014, just getting patients to view, download and transmit their health information via online patient portals was a challenge.
The good news is that many Americans are open to accessing their medical records online. In fact, 57 percent of those who do not use portals would be more interested and proactive in their personal healthcare if they simply had online access to their medical records – signaling the opportunity for increased patient engagement.
On February 17, I will explore these ideas during a live Google+ Hangout. I am excited to be joined by three leaders who spend their days thinking about the next era of healthcare:
- Dr. Eric Topol, MD, director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer for Scripps Health.
- Geeta Nayyar, MD MBA, chief healthcare advisor for Femwell and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Florida International University.
- Jennifer Dennard, digital diva / reporter for HIStalk, a healthcare IT news blog.
.@XeroxHealthcare, @JennHIStalk, @EricTopol and @gnayyar will discuss #PatientEngagement on Feb. 17: http://ctt.ec/mwd0u+
During our conversation, we’ll answer questions like:
- How can providers encourage their patients to use online portals in order to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements?
- What are the generational considerations when reaching out to patients?
- What’s next in 2015 for Meaningful Use and EHRs?
But we also want to answer your questions. Use Twitter and hashtag #HealthITExperts to ask me, Eric, Geeta and Jennifer questions about patient engagement.
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(* Updated to indicate the link is a replay of a live event.)