October is Health Literacy Month, and many of the nation’s notable health literacy experts, along with patients and caregivers, will be sharing their points of view through blog posts on Engaging the Patient. This is the fourth consecutive year that Engaging the Patient has marked Health Literacy Month by inviting thought leaders and patients to share their health literacy insights.
Good communication is critical to having a successful clinician-patient relationship. Low health literacy and breakdowns in communication often lead to confusion and poor health outcomes, such as higher rates of hospitalization, lower use of preventive services and difficulty managing chronic conditions.
“I’m extremely pleased that this year’s contributors to the blog include patients and caregivers. It’s only when we take time to listen to their perspectives and remember what it’s like to be a patient ourselves, that we truly engage with patients as people,” said Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Editorial Director and health literacy expert at Emmi Solutions.
Engaging the Patient, a blog created by Emmi Solutions, connects healthcare leaders with peers who are making patient engagement a reality. The blog is also a source for news and insight regarding the pressing issues of communication in healthcare. Throughout October, Engaging the Patient will feature top health literacy experts, patients and caregivers including:
- Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences and Associate Division Chief of Research for General Internal Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
- Paul Smith, MD, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Associate Director of the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN)
- Health Literacy Missouri – Brings together a wide range of health care providers, advocates and organizations to help people across Missouri make good health decisions every day.
- Randi Redmond Oster is a writer, engineer and mother who is an advocate for patient management reform.
- Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She was a reporter, editor and HR exec at The New York Times for almost 25 years, and also worked at The Associated Press, The Des Moines Register and The Grinnell Herald-Register.
- Casey Quinlan is an author, speaker, and journalist whose work is focused on improving healthcare from the ground up. Her Amazon best seller, “Cancer for Christmas: Making the Most of a Daunting Gift,” is a humor-packed guide to becoming your own patient advocate.
To participate in Health Literacy Month, visit www.engagingthepatient.com
About Emmi Solutions, LLC
Emmi’s proprietary interactive communication methodology delivers actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities – including computers, mobile phones and tablets – at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi’s ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already own has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. The patented platform allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. For more information, visit www.emmisolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.
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