How will healthcare evolve throughout 2019 and beyond? Over the last decade, we’ve seen immense changes in healthcare resulting in a landscape like none we’ve ever seen. Today, patients are more informed and empowered than ever, as technology, social media and other digital tools provide an endless database of medical information and disease awareness.
This readily available world of medical knowledge poses challenges to healthcare providers when it comes to informing patients on the facts of their diagnosis. However, we are now seeing the players of the healthcare system take advantage of such apps, technology, and health literacy initiatives to educate patients on their condition in a more interactive and effective way.
These patient engagement initiatives are surely trending in healthcare. With this, clinical decision-making is expected to advance to provide simple, standardized and efficient patient experience. Studies show those who are engaged as decision-makers in their care tend to be healthier and have better outcomes. Patient engagement strategies include, but are not limited to classes/workshops, open access to medical records, use of email and social media, wellness activities, written literacy, etc. The possibilities and benefits of patient engagement programs are endless!
What do you think the biggest healthcare trend of 2019 will be? Our guess is #PatientEngagement