social determinants of health

Social Determinants of Health, Part 4: All the Lonely People

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD The Beatles were onto something with their song “Eleanor Rigby”. The loneliness of Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie strike a chord with us because we humans are social creatures—it’s woven into our DNA. From our hunter-gatherer ancestors who moved in clans to the complex, fast-moving communities we live in today, we are all dependent on …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 4: All the Lonely People

Social Determinants of Health, Part 2: Access to care, health literacy and patient engagement.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD Readers of this blog know that the most basic actions influence health in powerful ways. Some of these simple but profound health actions include: eating nutritious food; being physically active; avoiding high-risk behaviors (like smoking); receiving recommended immunizations and screenings; and scheduling an appointment with a provider when needed. Yet, while we know these things, …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 2: Access to care, health literacy and patient engagement.

How long should patient engagement last? (Hint: it’s longer than you think.)

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD When I speak to a group of clinicians, I am often asked how long patients should stay engaged within a structured program monitoring clinical status and self-care. Sometimes, the question is based on economic concerns (“We have a limited budget to engage and coordinate patient care.”) Increasingly though, I’ve noticed a shift in this question …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDHow long should patient engagement last? (Hint: it’s longer than you think.)

Patient engagement takes more than a portal.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey results are in and nearly three-quarters of the respondents indicated that patient engagement, satisfaction and quality of care would be THE business issues that would most impact their organization over the course of the next two years. 74% also indicated that IT was a critical tool needed to enable …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDPatient engagement takes more than a portal.

In the doctor shortage drama, patient engagement plays a crucial role.

by Sara Aldworth This week, the Association of American Medical Colleges released their final report projecting a doctor shortage between 2013 and 2025. Among the key findings: The U.S. population is expected to grow by 10% over the next decade The population aged 65+ is expected to grow 46% Demand will outstrip supply, creating a shortage between 46,000 – 90,000 …

Sara AldworthIn the doctor shortage drama, patient engagement plays a crucial role.
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The Patient Engagement Journey: Part 5

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD From the start of this series, I’ve shared my view that patient engagement is a destination and we’re all on a journey to reach it. Together, we looked at: where it all started what we can learn from other industries what patients themselves tell us Then, I proposed this definition: So let’s finish up this …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDThe Patient Engagement Journey: Part 5
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The Patient Engagement Journey: Part 2

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD On the journey to patient engagement, we won’t end up at the right destination unless we plan what we want to do. There are lots of questions to ask in the planning phase, such as: What do we want to achieve? Who are we hoping to benefit? How will we know we got it right? …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDThe Patient Engagement Journey: Part 2
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

The Patient Engagement Journey: Part 1

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Imagine you’re taking a trip. Unless you know your destination, how will you know when you’ve arrived? You’re likely to end up lost, or going in circles, before you find the right way. The same is true for the healthcare industry. Let’s step back and …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDThe Patient Engagement Journey: Part 1