Using IT to Encourage Patient Engagement

The Delaware Medical Society is helping its members use IT to encourage greater patient engagement.   According to an article in HealthcareIT News, the Delaware Medical Society is “making web-based tools available to its members to boost doctor-patient communication and is also providing free personal health records to all state residents”  through a partnership with RelayHealth.

The Executive Director of the Delaware Medical Society, Mark A. Meister, Sr.,  notes that the “The primacy of the physician-patient relationship means that physicians are in the best position to have the greatest influence on patient care and the individual choices a patient makes.”  Physician endorsement of consumer eHealth applications and automated downloading of data from electronic medical record systems have highlighted in several studies that I have read as critical success factors in patient acceptance of personal health record and related consumer health applications.

Mike

 

One response to “Using IT to Encourage Patient Engagement

  1. Mike, I agree. Decoupling PHRs or patient engagement with HIT from the doctor-patient relationship makes no sense. The data is not for its own sake but to improve care.

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