Providers and patients working together to improve health. A patient’s greater engagement in healthcare contributes to improved health outcomes, and information technologies can support engagement. Patients want to be engaged in their healthcare decision-making process, and those who are engaged as decision-makers in their care tend to be healthier and have better outcomes.
HIMSS equips healthcare providers to e-connect with patients and families through engagement with patient portal adoption, secure messaging, social media, and other emerging health related technologies.
Get Started in Patient Engagement Strategies
The Patient Engagement section of the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite provide information around how to get started, how to implement your patient engagement strategies, how to optimize them, as well as testimonials from organizations that have realized value through Patient Engagement initiatives.
The State of Patient Engagement & Health IT
Your patients and their families and caregivers are ready to engage with you. Learn about the current patient engagement health IT environment and how you and your organization can become partners with them on the journey to patient empowerment and better health
Social Media and Online Patient Communities
Wearables and Mobile
Health and HIT Literacy
Patient-Generated Health Data
Patient Engagement Books
Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement HIMSS Book of the Year for 2014
Edited by Jan Oldenburg, Dave Chase, Kate T. Christensen, MD, and Brad Tritle, CIPP
This book explores the benefits of digital patient engagement, from the perspectives of physicians, providers, and others in the healthcare system, and discusses what is working well in this new, digitally-empowered collaborative environment. Chapters present the changing landscape of patient engagement, starting with the impact of new payment models and Meaningful Use requirements, and the effects of patient engagement on patient safety, quality and outcomes, effective communications, and self-service transactions. The book explores social media and mobile as tools, presents guidance on privacy and security challenges, and provides helpful advice on how providers can get started. Vignettes and 23 case studies showcase the impact of patient engagement from a wide variety of settings, from large providers to small practices, and traditional medical clinics to eTherapy practices.
Edited by Christina Beach Thielst
Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments provides an indispensable overview of successful use of the latest innovations in the healthcare provider-patient relationship. As professionals realize that success in the business of healthcare requires incorporation of the tools of social media into all aspects of their worlds and recognize the value offered by the numerous media channels, this compendium of case studies from various voices in the field-caregivers, administrators, marketers, patients, lawyers, clinicians, and healthcare information specialists-will serve as a valuable resource for novices as well as experienced communicators.
The HIMSS Bookstore now has two important books on aspects of patient engagement.
Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement
Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments
In a recent article in Healthcare Design Magazine “Research Weighs Effects of Healthcare Workspaces on Team-based Care," authors Jennifer DeBose and Ross Westlake describes an approach to a novel outpatient clinic design at Emory Healthcare Patient-Centered Primary Care Clinic, “a three-provider practice serving Emory Healthcare employees.” The authors describe how the clinic “is completely accessible to patients—in fact, patients enter the clinic via the team room to access the exam rooms. This has the advantage of making the patients highly aware that an entire team is responsible for their care, not just an individual doctor. Additionally, it gives patients and staff multiple opportunities to interact beyond the exam room.
Both patients and providers are ready to see changes in health IT.
We have seen the transformation of technology throughout our everyday lives particularly in the healthcare space with wellness apps, health trackers, bluetooth enabled home health devices and even ingestibles. With the advent of all this technology, we’ve seen an influx of data. While the data geeks get excited about the possibilities of improving healthcare with access to more data, it is cause for concern for some providers and the healthcare industry.