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Lessons from Google Maps for Patient Engagement

Nowadays whether you are moving to a new city, taking a road trip or just dining with friends at a new restaurant, it is impossible to get lost along the way with Google Maps. This app has made the days of stopping at a gas station for directions or constantly updating your maps on your Garmin GPS device obsolete. Google Maps makes it easy, plug in an address or location name in your app and go. Google has made getting to our destination down to a science with always up-to-date street maps, 360 degree panoramic views, real-time traffic conditions...

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Incentivizing Patient Education: Making Meaningful Use Meaningful to the Patient

Proposal for Demonstration Project Summary Dynamic, interactive patient education plays a critical role in improving patient safety, ensuring quality of care, and ultimately reducing costs. This document suggests changes to CMS meaningful use (MU) requirements for patient education that will help ensure that patients are provided timely, useful education and that outcomes can be tracked and reported effectively. First, patient education delivery and usage reporting should be done outside of EMR systems. Secondly, MU incentives should be based on percentage of patients who receive education and report positive outcomes, as opposed to meeting minimum requirements for distribution. This proposal...

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Patient Safety – Help Me Help You, Patients and Families as a Second pair of Eyes and Ears

Summary Our healthcare system is only as strong as our ability to keep patients safe. The most important oath that a physician takes is to do no harm. Unfortunately, our healthcare system too often fails patients; rather than healing them, it further harms them. Doctella proposes a fairly simple and thus far untapped solution to the growing challenge of patient safety. First, Doctella operates under the belief that patients are themselves a critical part of the solution to the problem of patient safety. Second, it provides patients with evidence-based checklists of key questions to ask. preferences to share, and...

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Doctella as a Tool to Manage Performance Measurement and Transition to Value-Based Reimbursement

This white paper will describe the Doctella platform as a means to facilitate patient engagement in the healthcare process, and briefly summarize some of the rationale behind the development of the product. The white paper will also explain how the Doctella “Smartlist” has been designed to assist healthcare providers in improving clinical outcomes, improving patient experience, and meeting important performance measures, which can help in the transition from fee for service reimbursement models to value-based reimbursement models that are becoming more prevalent among public and private payers. The architecture and content of Doctella Smartlists have been designed to help...

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Evidence Base Survey Suggesting Patient Engagement Reduces Errors, Reduces Costs, Increases Patient Satisfaction

Incredible advances in medicine and technology are available to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases, but our increasingly complex healthcare system still fails many patients. Yet patient satisfaction, preventable harms during medical care, and penalties that medical institutions and physicians receive due to preventable errors are significant issues that plague the medical system.

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