The healthcare industry has made substantial gains over the past ten years with the implementation of technology and the realization that consumers are the most important members of the healthcare team.
In thinking about my trip, I checked the website for the airline I was flying to make sure I had my seats reserved. As I did this, I wondered why couldn’t I pre-register for my doctor’s appointment like I do for a flight when I travel?
I would love to be able to log into my patient portal and register for my appointment. While there I could check for any instructions from my doctors. List any questions I had for the doctor, note any new medications I was taking, and review any test I had prior to the appointment. Doing these things would allow me to be prepared and be more efficient we I met with my doctor. Doing so would help me be more actively involved in my care rather than a passive bystander. We have the technology to do all of this so why is the healthcare system not more efficient?
If we are going to improve the healthcare system, we have to engage people and help them to be prepared for their appointments. Doing so will help our teams identify barriers we have and allow us (the patient) to be actively involved in our health and healthcare. I
How has technology allowed you to be an active member of your healthcare team? Please share your experience so we can all learn.
Here are some articles that point to how technology can be used to improve the delivery of care. Staying up to date on trends and issues is important for us all. Take time to read these articles, then ask questions of your healthcare provider as to what they are doing to enhance your healthcare experience. Get involved and together we can change the system, so that is set up to meet the needs of the end users, YOU and ME.
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