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Study shows patients want more active role in their healthcare

A recent study shows that a growing number of patients want to take a more proactive role in their healthcare through technologies deployed at medical practices.

A recent study shows that a growing number of patients want to take a more proactive role in their healthcare through technologies deployed at medical practices.

According to a recent Wolters Kluwer Health survey of 1,000 consumers, 80 percent believe that being more proactive as a patient is a good thing. What's more, 86 percent said in order to ensure better quality of care, they must take on greater responsibility and get involved.

But, it doesn't end there. In the same study, nearly 20 percent said that if the reputations of two healthcare providers were completely equal, they would choose a physician based on how technologically advanced his or her practice was.

As we witness the rapid evolution of technology and how it impacts various industries, it is becoming clearer that the healthcare industry is poised for some significant changes. The adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management systems is leading to greater efficiency, reducing costs and significant improvements to the quality of patient care.

In light of these developments, a renewed focus on IT strategic planning is sweeping the medical industry. The benefits of such endeavors are clear, though they must be approached correctly. Mismanagement of IT assets can lead to catastrophic results, but they can easily be avoided with the right medical IT support.

The Wolters Kluwer Health survey also showed that 30 percent of individuals said that they want their experience as a patient to be more similar to what they get when shopping, dining at a restaurant or traveling to vacation destinations. Technology strategies should be geared toward making things simpler and more efficient for both the healthcare provider and the patient.

Everything begins with the design and implementation. Start off on the right foot and you'll race through the finish line instead of running into a brick wall.