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Definition: Patient engagement

on June 18, 2014

As part of the Kauffman-sponsored Energizing Health Collaboration Series, we've turned over eMed to Guest Editor Matt Keener, the chief architect for the Pittsburgh leg of the collaboration conference and a translational clinical neuroscientist. Here's Matt's latest contribution in his role as eMed Guest Editor.

Definition: Patient engagement

Patient engagement refers to a series of activities that empower a patient, caregiver, and healthcare provider in the ongoing coordination and management of his medical care. Patients who are more actively involved in their health care have been shown to have improved outcomes and lowered costs.

Healthcare entrepreneurs are playing a role in increasing patient engagement by developing products and services along a continuum of need. Examples include tools improving access to electronic health records, or software facilitating communication between a patient and their care team.

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