Elizabeth has always led an active life. Living in northern Arizona, surrounded by majestic mountains and beautiful trails, physical activity is core to who she is. But more than that, Elizabeth loves...
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Late summer is a time of preparation. It's still warm (even hot!), but kids and teachers are preparing to return to school, and before long we'll be enjoying shorter days and colder nights that invite us to spend time indoors with friends and family. Cold and flu season may seem distant now, but it's time to start thinking about how to keep our loved ones healthy in the months to come.
Right now, healthcare innovation is a hot topic with legislators and government officials. Opinions on the best path forward often involve discussions of our national healthcare model—and unsurprisingly, our representatives differ widely on the approach they think is best. Even now, Democratic leaders in the house are pulling together a Medicare-for-all bill that is expected to be endorsed by Democratic presidential candidates in 2020.
Meet Tim. He's a nice guy. A family man who's good at his job. And when it comes to physical activity, he’s a weekend warrior. During the week, however, he’s a little busy.
As James approached his 50th birthday, checking in with a doctor was a gift he knew he needed to give himself. It had been 10 years since his last annual checkup, and he was overdue for some important tests, like a colonoscopy. When his appointment with Vera uncovered prostate cancer, his birthday visit turned out to be a life-changing gift.
When a patient engages with their provider, health coach, or clinic, everyone wins. Why? Because engaging is the first step for a patient to take ownership of their own health. But it's not just a winning moment for the patient, it's also a major turning point for providers who derive significant benefits from patients who want to work to improve their own health.
“...All too often, the powerful simplicity of our humanness gets lost in the process of medicine itself.” — Excerpt from Connected: Improving the Patient-Physician Relationship — and Health Care Itself — Through Communication It is well established that positive relationships between patients and providers drive better health outcomes. That’s why hospitals and healthcare organizations are devoting more and more resources to improving their patient experiences every year.
“Patients are not simply looking to visit their doctors to cure a disease, and now also want a positive patient-provider relationship that yields a positive patient experience.” — Excerpt from 3 Key Traits of a Positive Patient-Provider Relationship, from PatientEngagementHIT According to a 2017 survey conducted by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), patient-provider relationships are the most important consideration for consumers evaluating the quality of their care. In an article reporting on the survey, PatientEngagementHIT offers suggestions for healthcare organizations looking to improve this relationship. Those suggestions boil down to three key traits of successful relationships.
“This is a problem for our health-care system. It doesn’t put great value on care that takes time to pay off. But this is also an opportunity. We have the chance to transform the course of our lives.” — Excerpt from “The Heroism of Incremental Care” by Atul Gawande