Patient empowerment has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, and it’s happening at a time when patients have more information at hand than ever before. Emerging as a new paradigm, patient empowerment promises to help improve medical outcomes while also lowering treatment costs.
However, in order for this concept to become a reality, people need to become more active and engaged in their health, which will, in turn, enable them to make better use of the knowledge, tools, techniques, and support available to them. From my perspective, for population health management to work, patients must take accountability for their own health. And we have to help them get there.
A bigger challenge involves organization embracing the notion of patient empowerment and embracing the patient as part of the care team. Today, I hear too many stories of patients and families still struggle to access their medical records. In that regard, we are still very far from where we need to be.
Here’s an infographic from LabFinder that introduces the idea of patient empowerment. The graphic outlines steps for taking patient empowerment from concept to practice – something many organizations currently struggle with. Enjoy the infographic.