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Three innovations recognized for increasing health care
Written by Delphos   
Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:26 PM

Excellent medical and nursing care is not enough to improve Americans’ health status. Patients must play a role, and with new models of care and government incentives, more providers are taking steps to involve patients in their own care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently highlighted three innovators in creating patient-involvement tools: Sentara SelfTest, Group Health Cooperative’s MyGroupHealth portal and OpenNotes.

“The patient is a critical part of healthcare from the beginning to the end,” said Beth H. Deaton, MBA, director of Sentara Consolidated Laboratories, part of Sentara Healthcare, a healthcare system with 10 hospitals based in Norfolk, Va. “You have a responsibility to live a healthy lifestyle, to ask the right questions.”

Terri Boehm, director of web services at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, also emphasized the importance of patient engagement for follow-through on treatment plans and making healthy choices.


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