Patient engagement is now a major priority for healthcare providers due to consumer demand as well as the carrots and sticks embedded in federal incentive programs such as meaningful use and accountable care.
Imaging, such as radiology, is not yet part of the new requirement even though it plays a huge role in diagnosis, treatment planning, patient follow up and communication. Just consider the amount of film, CD or DVDs created by a healthcare provider each year. Can imaging complement your patient engagement strategy in addition to reducing the cost of managing removable media?
It can be possible. Listen in on Tuesday, February 26 to hear Randall Stenoien, M.D., a radiologist and CEO of Houston Medical Imaging, explain the industry trends pushing radiologists closer to the front lines of patient engagement, and how his practice has responded via an online patient portal.
During the first three months of launch, over 50% of Houston Medicals patients who were given a secure account, have signed up and used the portal - This engagement rate is significantly higher than what the Meaningful Use requires. The portal enables them to view their imaging exams and radiology reports, share information with other caregivers at their discretion, and communicate with the practices physicians about health concerns.
Radiologists havent really thought in terms of patient engagement, and many still dont, but we do feel a responsibility to help our patients become more informed health care consumers, Stenoien says.
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