Idea submitted by: Marie Link
Engagement is achieved when individuals reach a certain level of comfort with a given situation. If the situation is purchasing a car, individuals research answers to questions and purchase only after determining that decision to engage is worthwhile. Healthcare is more personal than car buying, thus situational comfort should be no less informative.
Patients can be made comfortable about upcoming appointments if offered opportunity to have some of their questions answered prior to arrival. Questions are best addressed by providing patient-directed tools through mobile & web Apps. Patients often understand the reason why they need to be seen by a healthcare provider (ie) pain from recent fall. Patients may want to know what options the provider might suggest to manage pain and how those suggestions worked for others. They may want to know what pain medications the provider typically prescribes and why. They may want to fill out pain screening assessments, review pain medication forms and counseling documents to prompt questions to discuss during the appt. or watch a brief video about risks related to treatment of pain and be prepared to accept or deny certain treatment options.
REMS Logic startup has a beta WebApp that aims to increase patient-provider interaction. REMSLogic development goals include pushing out videos, resources, patient tools as a first step to giving patients more upfront knowledge so they can feel comfortable engaging as advocates of their own care.