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    Eight patient engagement trends to watch




    Providers, as always, are concerned about patient health and outcomes. They are also facing new financial pressure and incentives, such as pay-for-performance and meaningful use requirements, says Rossi. On the patient side, new technologies are emerging—such as wearables—that provide patients with immediate feedback on activity levels and key health metrics.

    “At the same time, providers are also extending new technologies to their patients, through portals and other online access to health information, which help patients more easily and consistently engage with their health.”


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    • Anonymous
      This is somewhat promising. For 3 years I saw doctors for skin growths, hair falling out, rashes, confusion (plus many more, one of those 'conditions' that don't fit neatly into any category). Every time, regardless of doctor, the diagnosis was "depression." I saw a psychiatrist monthly and therapist weekly, and knew it wasn't depression. The skin growth? "Birth mark." I don't have any birth marks but knew it was useless to even bring that up to the dermatologist. With these 'difficult to pin down' "syndromes", I've found that once the physicians I saw came to that 'conclusion', they stopped seeing me with fresh eyes. I now have lab results that indicate the beloved evidence for almost every issue I brought up. Because I saw a Naturopath. Fresh eyes, brainstorming, no telling me to stay off the internet (which the CDC encourages, and I stuck to NIH and any medical journal sites but that didn't matter). He was the only one who tested for immunoglobins. I now have an excellent immunologist and am in one his studies on neuro-immune encephalitis. Once labeled, many patient becomes "difficult" and anything brought up is immediately dismissed (likely as hypochondriac). The breakdown was identifying a SYMPTOM as diagnosis. I lost my life savings paying for health insurance, deductibles, rent + mortgage (turns out my condo was full of mold, and not even black mold but I have a gene combination that makes any fungus deathly). I start the new year with $2000 to my name and hope to couch hop for the next 17+ months my lawyer works my Social Security Disability appeal. I do hope this trend in communication increases, and "patients taking ownership of their health" - then doctors need to respect that perhaps they are dealing with a professional who has a graduate degree, career, and strong problem solving tendencies. And perhaps the snap diagnoses (not just mental) are indeed symptoms, a case of "the problem is not the problem" one sees in relationships. Besides where to live, my current problem to solve is: how and where would a patient advocate "type" of role fit in.

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