Why are there still acceptance barriers?
CONFUSCIUS is famous for saying:
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name”
I like this statement so much, that I tend to live by it. Nothing reveals the truth about a situation than the facts intelligently contextualised – and nothing offers a better basis for investigating workable solutions than a study of how these facts propose wisdom-based alternatives.
Another “gadget” phrase being tossed the Internet salad at the moment is:
“Content might be king, but context is everything”
Patient engagement is about the science of objectively dealing with a global health crisis through every effective, legitimate and ethical means possible.
Let’s have a look at some facts and possible wisdom-based attitudes and approaches from a layperson’s point of view, uncover their correct context, and toss up a healthy salad to improve the global medical diet which appears to be making so many people feel increasingly unwell – a toss-up in the face of an unworkable solution, with so many impending breakdown issues, and many potential working results, to, at least, serve a more digestible medical diet as an “antipasto”.
That is, take the first steps in a working engagement, then prepare the rest of the menu later?
The real medical crisis: Patient Engagement defined
Here is a brief dramatic illustration of what could be the most important personal crisis every person on the planet is facing- an out- of- control health crisis – and some alarming facts about the US as a global example and metaphor:
The good news is this, that many of the solutions are already in place, are being designed, have been researched , and the only thing that prevents initiating effective strategies to solve the problem is a communication gap.
This is what the discipline of patient engagement proposes to solve. The lack of communication is creating the real impasse in effectively motivating and implementing solutions which are, in fact, currently workable.
Healthcare, like many other areas in society, has reached a stage of critical mass necessary for implosion.
When this happens, people look around for a solution. It is a “make or break”, “sink or swim” point. Patient engagement offers the solution out of the health care critical mass crisis.
This is the solution that patient engagement offers.
Patient engagement is a technical medical term which is not easy to describe in it’s absolute scope.
What it means is this: efficient engaging patients both in in and ex-situ healthcare facilities in a way that encourages them to be more proactive in their own health issues, by offering various platforms which are easy to access and use privately, in this manner, not only empowering the patients to move towards better health attitudes, but also freeing physicians to focus on their relevant medical research activity, while still offering help which is not only less threatening and time-consuming and cost/ draining than a face-to-face visit, but also frees the patient up to investigate alternatives in a safer and more controlled environment. This way everyone saves on costs and time, and expressions of individual intelligence in approaching health solutions are encouraged and fostered. When faced with a crisis, many people prefer to sit back, make a cup of tea, and think about it, or discuss it in the safety and comfort of their own home environment. If you prefer to do so on the beach or in the park, digital patient engagement platforms offer you this possibility, in addition.
Money saved, health improved, free to investigate alternatives in a safe “home-from-home” context- how does this happen – doesn’t it all sound a little too utopian?
No: in fact, sometimes within the germ of a “crazy” utopian vision, lie the solutions to a dystopic reality which is moving towards natural, inbuilt collapse. The reasons people are afraid to look at the possibilities are usually the risk of monetary loss etc- challenges which are uncomfortable, not unexecutable.
This is how it happens, in a nutshell: by adopting technological solutions which exploit digital strategies to empower both physicians and patients.
However, it should be clear that patient engagement is not restricted to this solution only.
There is so much information detailing how this works in different situations, case by case, and technological design and solution by technological design and solution, so it would be more interesting to discuss why this all possible RIGHT NOW, and why certain patients still hesitate to adopt, from a layperson’s point of view. It is also interesting to look at the scope of the potential benefits as an incentive to explore various channels of adoption that could work the best for you.