Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Connected Patient

The Connected Patient: "Financial considerations aside, many physicians point to improved care as the best reason to engage patients electronically. Merely presenting graphs of critical lab values can be a dramatic reminder to patients struggling with chronic diseases such as diabetes. HealthPartners’ patient-accessible EMR “makes patients feel more responsible for their own care,” says Butler, the informatics director who doubles as a primary-care physician. “If you give advice, and patients own the information and are part of the decision, they are more likely to make the changes you recommend.”"

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