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Can technology help you make better health care decisions?


In previous blogs I’ve talked about using technology to improve your health, such as this one on apps. Most apps today are still focused on general health and wellness. Even though that is the case those apps can help people with chronic conditions monitor those conditions. For instance, the Fitbit can monitor your pulse/heart rate. This is great if you have a heart condition.

Now picture yourself faced with a decision, large or small, about treatment for your health decision. Do you solely rely on the doctor’s advice? Do you have a discussion with the doctor weighing the options and the pros and cons? Do you Google it? What if there were an app to help you review your issues/symptoms? What if it could help you to evaluate the risks?  I think most people would like to have that assistance – especially with the “big” decisions – surgery, cancer, etc.

Then add to it that your can possibly review your own health records (check out my blog post on OpenNotes). This can help you understand your health as a whole. There are also decision aids that help translate the medical talk – you don’t have to go to a medical terminology class now to understand those words!

“There are many health conditions where there are multiple good options for treatment, and not a clear best option,” says Angie Fagerlin, chair of the department of population health sciences at the University of Utah, a research scientist at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. “Shared decision making allows patients to engage in a deliberative, communicative process with their clinicians, and be active participants in their care.”

Take a peek at the article in the Wall Street Journal’s article on getting patients to take more control of their medical decisions. 

Have you used apps or decision aids in making decisions about your healthcare?


The OpenNotes Initiative: How Transparency is Leading to Consumerism in Healthcare


Take a look at my blog contribution on the OpenNotes project!

If you haven’t heard about it, OpenNotes is a project that initiated in 2010 to see how patients and care providers would react to the patient having access their visit note after they saw the provider. If you want to find out what the patients thought of the experience check out the blog. Did they like having the access and information? How did they use the information after they saw it? And what did the care providers think of the experience?


OpenNotes link


Take 5 minutes of your day today to read about and familiarize yourself with this initiative. It is well worth it. Then come back and tell me what you think. I’ve been blogging on this topic for a few days now and found this site and initiative very informative and inspiring, actually.

OpenNotes 

Shared/copyright OpenNotes


More patient engagement – if it were a drug….


I’m just stumbling onto all kinds of articles on the OpenNotes topic. Remember those articles with the AHRQ topic of patient access to their medical/clinician notes? Here is another post that I like from Forbes by Dave Chase! It compares patient engagement to a new drug with this great quote from Sherry Reynolds:

“If  # OpenNotes was a new drug that increased patient engagement by 85%,  every doctor in the country would be prescribing it.”

And here is the great graphic from Robert Woods Johnson Foundation


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