If you must pick one area to focus on, focus on patient-centered care over patient satisfaction. Perhaps it’s because I have always worked in the clinical setting that I believe good clinical care can trump, or at least balance, parts of an experience that are less satisfying. Healthy patients equal happy patients and I feel they, like me, would be more willing to compartmentalize different aspects of the care experience. Because they are treated like individuals and listened to by their clinicians, they’ll be less likely to give an overall poor satisfaction score if something, like scheduling, goes amiss. And let’s not forget that despite how health care has changed over the years, good health outcomes are really what it is all about.
Healthcare has many components and, ultimately, the most essential elements are delivering high quality care in a timely and efficient manner. In the middle of this is you – the patient. Understanding what is healthy is core to health literacy. Understanding how your data is collected, stored, used, and exchanged is central to health IT literacy. We need to raise our health standards for both healthcare and health IT literacy, and this will take a community and your active participation.
Any dancer or doctor knows full well what an incredibly expressive device your body is. 300 joints! 600 muscles! Hundreds of degrees of freedom! The…
Elements of the blockchain perhaps could solve some critical issues in healthcare, such as the seemingly opposing forces of privacy and sharing, according to a new article from Leonard Kish. “I’ve often written about the potential for a health information economy once we have a trusted system and people don’t fear their own information could be used against them. What if we could freely share information without fear it could be used without permission and that it was verified?”
Data-filled electronic health records hold the promise of predictive, personalized medicine and improved population health. Up until now, much of the data retrieved from records is structured data, information recorded in specific data fields. However, the total amount of structured data accounts for as little as 20% of the EHR with as much as 80% of EHR data unstructured. For example, all MD and other health care provider notes anhd all written reports accompanying examinations (e.g., radiologic data) is unstructured data.
Once again I have been thrust into daily data tracking, this time unwillingly thanks to a recent diagnosis of gestational diabetes. I now realize there’s more to making lifestyle changes than just data. It requires time and effort and planning.
Despite spending $8,508 per person on healthcare – more than any other country – the U.S. healthcare system placed dead last for overall healthcare quality in a new Commonwealth Fund report that compared the U.S. healthcare system’s performance with 10 other industrialized nations. Commonwealth has conducted four similar studies since 2004 and each time the U.S. has been ranked at the bottom of the pack. That’s one heck of a losing streak.
What are health systems doing with purchasing information provided by patients? Some are placing it into a system that takes the data and assigns risk scores to patients. If your consumer activity points to unhealthy behaviors, you earn a higher risk score and perhaps a phone call from your physician or a nurse. Is this the right approach to encourage healthy behaviors? Jennifer Thew explores this classic encouragement vs punishment approach.
For all our technological advances, getting a man to see his doctor is still a big challenge. Men are 24% less likely to go to the doctor than women. Two creative urologists are using an interest in future tech and cool cars to fuel a greater interest in men’s health. The pair recently completed the first “Drive for Men’s Health”, and plan to grow awareness by making the drive an annual event.
Like clinicians, Health IT and EMR professionals have their share of frustration with regulations. The bottom line is that rules need to be workable for all parties involved in Health IT. If they’re not, they’re wasting time, money and efficiency.