Some patient engagement related activities making the news are: ONC’s pilot of HIE-based patient engagement , over 70% of patients being open to a virtual visit, low-income patients also wanting electronic communication with their providers, and a doctor starting a virtual visit platform company after 2 years of study. Acquisition of Jardogs, maker of FollowMyHealth, by Allscripts is another example of established HIT vendors making quick inroads to patient engagement. Finally, Walmart, bypassing providers altogether, announced the installation of 2,500 self-service health screening stations at its storefronts.
Even with all of these exciting news and developments, what we need to remember is that the definition of “patient engagement” is still changing and evolving and misunderstood. We see parallels (not positive) to HIE in that the noise and the excitement of doing is muddying the real end game – engaging patients to eventually asking him/her to be responsible for his/her care.
So, be careful when you are asking or being asked to be “engaged”.