Patient engagement refers to the ongoing and constructive dialogue between patient and practitioner. Within the scope of health IT, patient engagement is driven by technology such as:
- Patient portals
- Secure messaging
- Mobile applications
- Patient generated health data
These can enhance the opportunity for patients to become partners in their care. These technologies enable patients to view test results and records online and communicate with doctors. They are also electronic data capturing platforms that can lead to more accurate and streamlined diagnostic information.