From the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology:
The Patient Engagement Playbook is a tool for clinicians, health care practice staff, hospital administrators, and others who want to leverage health IT — particularly electronic health record (EHR) patient portals — to engage patients in their health and care.
Why the focus on patient engagement? Because engaged patients have the knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage their health and care and to act on clinicians’ recommendations. Practices that invest in health IT for patient engagement can expect returns in the form of better outcomes and lower costs.
Health care practices across the country are already seeing the benefits of EHR patient portal implementation on patient engagement and beyond. The rewards are real: more informed, involved patients; more effective delivery of care; and reduced burden on office staff. But the barriers are real, too: cumbersome enrollment; clunky interfaces; reluctant patients and office staff; and questions of privacy and security. It will take years to address all of the pain points, but the transformation is underway.