We all know the value and importance of patient engagement in clinical settings. More and more patients want to be involved in the decision-making process; they want to be informed. When health care providers and patients work together there’s an opportunity improve health outcomes and improve patient satisfaction. And, let’s face it, we all want that.
We live in an age with ever-changing information hurled at us through ever-changing technologies. And it’s not always easy to determine what information is reputable and what’s not. I recently learned about Doctella, and believe it’s a wonderful evidence-based tool to share with patients. It was started by experts at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
To quote their website, “Doctella’s goal is to help create meaningful patient-doctor partnerships by using technology to enhance the interaction between patients and their doctors.” Doctella provides patients undergoing procedures or surgery with questions to ask their health care providers. It helps patients keep track of personal information, become organized and efficient, and keeps family members “in the loop.” And all of this helps to reduce the risk of medical errors.
When patients type in a procedure or type of surgery, the website provides questions to ask beforehand; offers instructions on how to prepare and what to do the day of the procedure; provides a checklist to help keep track during the recovery process; and provides questions and instructions when the patient returns home. Patients can use a free online checklist or download a free mobile. And for a fee, clinicians have the opportunity to customize information for their patients. I encourage clinicians and patients to check out this tool. The information is invaluable.