Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource

Not only are patients the largest untapped healthcare resource, investing in patient education is also the one intervention which will provide the largest return on investment ( ROI) !

I feel we should focus on providing patients with tools which they can use to help them get better medical care from their doctor !

The reasons for this are simple.

1. They are many more patients than there are doctors !
2. Patients have much more at stake !
3. Good doctors will use the available tools - while bad doctors will never improve !

The key tool should be a patient health record ( PHR) ; and around this, we can provide patients with customised information, to help them manage their own illness.

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