Increasing Patient Involvement in Health Care

Increasing Patient Involvement in Health Care Wednesday, October 10, 2012

An increasing number of health care systems and providers offer services and tools that encourage and empower patients to take an active role in their own health care. The ability to access medical records, test results, and other health information online can increase patient involvement and facilitate patient—provider communication.

The featured Innovations describe two programs that provided patient access to online medical records via secure patient portals and a program that offered patients access to routine laboratory tests between visits, enhancing patient engagement and satisfaction.

The featured QualityTools provide resources and information to help patients and consumers make health care decisions and communicate effectively with providers.

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