Mobile and wireless technologies are helping give rise to a new form of clinical decision support that’s being called “patient activation.”
“We’re making a category that really hasn’t existed,” according to Doug Thompson, a senior research director at the Advisory Board Co., a Washington-based research firm that is making a big push into healthcare of late.
“The term ‘patient activation’ can be simply defined as a patient’s ability and willingness to manage their own health and health care,” Thompson explained in a recent paper he authored, called, “Hello, It’s Your Pill Bottle Calling: Decision Support Options for Patient Activation.”
“Just as doctors and other clinicians need computerized help deciding on a diagnosis or treatment, patients need help playing the important roles in their own care processes,” the paper says. “This is where patient activation CDS comes in.”
There are four things patients can do to activate themselves, Thompson told MobiHealthNews at an Advisory Board healthcare meeting in Chicago last week. Individuals can help determine what kind of treatment they get, they can monitor their own conditions, they make the choice to comply with physician instructions and they make decisions when to seek professional care.
“We’re trying to get patients to play their role in their healthcare,” Thompson explained. Clinical decision support traditionally has referred to information delivered to physicians or other healthcare professionals. “We started thinking … hey, there actually is a category of patient activation CDS,” Thompson said. “This really is decision support to the patient, not filtered through the doctor.” Keep reading>>