Quality Data Is Essential For Doctors Concerned With Patient Engagement (byline) (Becker's Hospital Review)

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[By Ed Corbett]

It might be a bit of a leap to associate quality data with improving the patient experience.

But the pathway is apparent when you consider that physicians need data to track patient diagnoses, treatments, progress, and outcomes.

Patient engagement—strategies that empower patients to be active in their own healthcare and motivate them to improve their personal health outcomes and reduce costs—is most effective when driven by the care team. While physicians and care teams can’t force patients to engage in their own care, giving physicians the information and tools they need to engage patients is a foundational step in the process.

It’s data that empowers physicians and care teams to engage their patients.

Data Enables Physicians to Engage Patients Efficiently
Physician access to comprehensive, reliable data is a vital ingredient for efficiently engaging patients. The challenge, however, is the lack of a unified healthcare data source or true interconnectedness among multiple healthcare data sources. From individual EHRs, data warehouses, and the universe of data generated by personalized digital health devices, we are data rich, but collection and analysis poor.

I’m an internal medicine physician by training, and I’ve experienced the ups and downs of practicing medicine with varying amounts of data. On the one hand, I generally had solid information about encounters with each of my patients, though it wasn’t always… View Full Article Here

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