How Technology can be a great tool for Educating Patients

Patient education is often associated with pamphlets, brochures and magazines. However, today's patients expect more engaging methods of communication because they became quite familiar with the usage of interactive digital tools throughout their daily lives.

This evolution of patient education put healthcare providers in a position to meet patient’s expectations and needs. That’s why new standards should be integrated to reach better health outcomes for both patients and healthcare providers.

These new standards should:

  • Offer relevant, straight to the point content, to meet a patient’s needs
  • Reduce steps for physicians who are prescribing education to patients
  • Increase patients’ access to engaging, interactive information that helps them better understand their health condition.
  • Provide high-quality digital content that engages patients to become more active in their health.

They key to achieving optimal health education results, is to provide patients with health education information outside the clinical setting, because this is where they need it the most: when patients can access information in their patient portal or smartphone, they become more engaged. This can reduce their anxiety relative to the condition and provide the opportunity for discussion, reflection and empowerment.

Today, it’s most important for patient education materials to be interactive. So it’s time to replace the typical education tools such as pamphlets and posters with high tech solutions that can provide endless kinds of content. Whether the content is video, audio or digital, it must engage patients and patient engagement improves health outcomes.

Source: Cerner website

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